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There’s a lot of guys here who who look down on the .32 special.  I, do not. 

By the way, I’ve never seen a Model 55 with a cheekpiece stock.

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Winchester did offer a cheekpiece stock for the 55 – this is noted in a Bert Hartman article in the Collector.

Bert is conducting an extensive survey of the model 55 – the last copy I have only includes one in the 66xx serial range (6678) – you should include the entire serial number when making inquiries.

The checkering on the buttstock is not a Winchester pattern.

The photos are not the best but I do not like the blue – probably re-blued.

I agree with whoever told you it was probably a replacement stock.

The PG cap is thicker than on 55 deluxe guns I have seen.

Throughout the entire serial number range, serrated butt plates predominate, not plastic or whatever this one is made of.

Roger Bain has a deluxe 55 on his website for sale.

Attached is a deluxe 55 of mine – serial #5.

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I have to agree on the originality of the bluing on this rifle.  The photos could be better but my impression is that it is not the original blue.  As far as the stock, probably a replacement too.  I love cheekpiece Wonchester lever rifles.  However, originality means everything to me in that regard.  I think this is the way most Winchester collectors view it.  I would love to run into a M55 with an original cheekpiece stock but after a lot of years, it’s never happened.

Burt – that is a beautiful M55 Deluxe that you have.  

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The Model 55 rifle in question has been positively been restocked and reblued.  As noted, the checkering pattern is not correct for Winchester factory work, and the butt plate is not factory original.

For the research survey, I would like to know what the complete serial number is.  Currently, I have serial numbers 6617, 6622, 6668, 6678, and 6685 documented in the survey.

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Hello Kenny,

In the current market, it will be a tough sale regardless of the price tag. I suspect that $500 will be the top end of the price range.

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steve004 said
There’s a lot of guys here who who look down on the .32 special.  I, do not. 

 

I really don’t know why anyone would look down upon the 32 WSPL.  I don’t buy them because they are not antique.

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Bert H. said
The Model 55 rifle in question has been positively been restocked and reblued.  As noted, the checkering pattern is not correct for Winchester factory work, and the butt plate is not factory original.

For the research survey, I would like to know what the complete serial number is.  Currently, I have serial numbers 6617, 6622, 6668, 6678, and 6685 documented in the survey.

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Bert, I have # 337   Grandfather got it new

 

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Bert, I have # 337   Grandfather got it new

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Is it a standard Model 55 rifle, 30 WCF ?

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Bert H. said

Is it a standard Model 55 rifle, 30 WCF ?  

Bert – just guessing, but from data you previously provided me on your Model 55 survey and looking at guns from that serial number range, #337 will probably be a standard grade, take down with a serrated butt plate and nickel steel barrel – but, just a guess, not a bet. Attached are some better photos of serial # 5 referenced in the thread. 

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Burt Humphrey said

Bert – just guessing, but from data you previously provided me on your Model 55 survey and looking at guns from that serial number range, #337 will probably be a standard grade, take down with a serrated butt plate and nickel steel barrel – but, just a guess, not a bet. Attached are some better photos of serial # 5 referenced in the thread. 

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Burt,

That is one beautiful model 55 deluxe, and it being serial number five makes it even more special. 

Thanks for posting pictures of it.

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Burt Humphrey said

Bert – just guessing, but from data you previously provided me on your Model 55 survey and looking at guns from that serial number range, #337 will probably be a standard grade, take down with a serrated butt plate and nickel steel barrel – but, just a guess, not a bet. Attached are some better photos of serial # 5 referenced in the thread. 

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I agree that S/N 337 is most likely a “standard” rifle in 30 WCF, but before I enter it in the survey, I need to verify that information.

Your Model 55 rifle is gorgeous!  As I probably mentioned to you, it is identical to serial number 3, 4, 27, and 37.  It is also identical to S/N 381 and 670.

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Burt,

That is one beautiful model 55 deluxe, and it being serial number five makes it even more special. 

Thanks for posting pictures of it.

Al  

Bert & Al – thank you for the nice comments on the deluxe 55. I have had it over 30 years and was at the right place at the right time to get it. As you know, 55’s with condition are a rarity. I have attached a few photos of a standard grade 55 I have. It is original, correct and 98% – serial number 42 – have had it even longer than the deluxe.

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Do you want to sell it? How much?

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Do you want to sell it? How much?  

Firestoper – I encourage you to get a WACA membership. Not only will you be able to actively read and  participate in the Forum, you will be able to send and receive personal messages with other members when you have a question or need additional information on a particular subject or gun. Additionally, you will have access to many years of the Winchester Collector which has a lot of valuable information, including both old and recent articles on the Model 55. As I am getting old I have decided to only keep Winchesters from the 19th century in my collection and will be selling both Model 55’s which I have referenced in this thread. I will probably have both of them at the January show in Vegas. If you have any questions on them I am at [email protected].

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