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I just sent payment off for this, based on the description of a mechanically good gun with an “excellent” bore. 

I see a decent little shooter with a lot of patina, just a standard SRC with a missing ring and replaced rear sight. I don’t see a refinish but the pictures aren’t very good or complete. Either way I paid very little for it as a shooter so a refinish wouldn’t kill it for me. If it ends up cleaning up nice I might return the rear sight to correct and install a ring. The wood has been molested in more ways than one, unfortunately, but it’s got a certain vibe I’m OK with and its not beat to heck.

Anything to see here other than the above that is not as factory, and am I correct in thinking a 44A ladder rear sight would be correct for this gun?

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Yes, a No. 44A Carbine ladder sight would be the correct rear sight.  The front barrel band has been installed (reinstalled) backwards.  I cannot see the rear barrel band.

I would not refinish it… shooters do not need to be shing & glossy to shoot well.

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Here is a picture of the rear barrel band. The information I can find says this is a 1920 mfg gun. I agree on not refinishing it, if anything I’d like to get the varnish a former owner applied off of the gun without harming the original finish, which I think I can do. I do hope the original finish is on the gun, and since the gun has been varnished there might be more left than meets the eye depending on how well the varnish held. I’ve gotten lucky and cleaned varnished Winchesters before that had a very nice, well protected original finish underneath the varnish. 

Thank you Bert.

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it had a tang sight. the undersized small head longer screw which holds the buttstock is longer. it was reinstalled after  the sight was taken.  the front screw is for a tang sight as well. either get a DA code tang sight and use those screws or find the appropriate buttstock screw and small filler screw to put it back original. 

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I have used Hoppes #9 more than once to safely remove added varnish from a stock and forend.  It will take off the added finish and not effect the original Winchester finish.  It worked for me.  Just put it on, let it set, wipe it off and repeat as needed.  RDB

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Here is a picture of the rear barrel band. The information I can find says this is a 1920 mfg gun. I agree on not refinishing it, if anything I’d like to get the varnish a former owner applied off of the gun without harming the original finish, which I think I can do. I do hope the original finish is on the gun, and since the gun has been varnished there might be more left than meets the eye depending on how well the varnish held. I’ve gotten lucky and cleaned varnished Winchesters before that had a very nice, well protected original finish underneath the varnish. 

Thank you Bert.

  

It was manufactured in late May, 1919.  The rear barrel band is installed correctly.

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