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November 23, 2023 - 2:53 am
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I dont know much about the rifle. The barrel started as either a 40-70 or 40-90. It now shoots 45-70’s. I shot it for the first time today and really enjoyed it. The serial number is 104031. I know the wood isnt original and whomever did the work wasnt the best. Here are a couple pics. 

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Hello Tony,

Your Winchester Single Shot (high-wall) rifle was originally a 32-40 with a 28-inch ½ Octagon No. 3 barrel.  It was serialized in November 1906, and received in the warehouse in June of 1909.  The barrel on it now is a rebored & rechambered 40-70 Sharps Straight (S.S.).  If you pull the forend stock off and look underneath the flat-spring you should see “40-70” stamped on the bottom of the barrel.

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Bert, thanks for the info. I’m really enjoying this rifle. I noticed the 40-70 under the mainspring with VP trademark. Would this rifle have been built with the flat mainspring or coil spring?  rnhttps://i.postimg.cc/pTWW6DPM/IMG-7083.jpgImage Enlargerrn 

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It would have been a late production Flat-spring action.

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Any ideas on a decent tang sight?rn rnThanks

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Tony Ford said
Any ideas on a decent tang sight?

  

Yes, don’t throw your money away on one of those ugly new-production Lyman or Marbles sights.  Originals will cost more, but will always be WORTH more.  A worn Marbles will tighten up, but a worn Lyman will have play in the stem.  Any sight with the standard Winchester hole spacing can be used, regardless of app code, except those with shorter stems may force you to pass up those 500 yd shots we all like to make.  Probably a half-doz listed on ebay right now, & Ben Tolson also has them in stock.  I’d look for one with screws, so you won’t have to buy them separately.

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