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1887 Winchester 12 gauge questions Help!
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March 12, 2015 - 3:45 pm
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Hi, Have a few questions that I cant find any answers to. 1887 11k serial range made in 1888. Very good condition. Has WP proof on barrel but no caliber stamping? 32 inches measured from inside to the bolt. Its not worn enough for it to be gone. Also, why do some of the early models have two screws on left side of receiver? This one has a single screw. It has the single screw forearm  and single extractor but no visible firing pin retainer screw like the first year production. Stock appears virgin, proud at tang but the finish is a dirty red tone? Very dark do to age. Most i see have a much more blond brown finish. Nice aged patina. Faint color case on left side of receiver but mostly a plumb brown. Im selling it (I think) but was doing some research and could not answer these questions. Any help would be great. Feel free to email me [email protected]  Thanks in advance!

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All of the early production guns were 12 gauge. Winchester did not start marking them “12” or “10” until the 10 gauge was introduced at serial number 22148 (January 1889).

Winchester made a number of minor design changes to the Model 1887, and your gun was made during the transition period.

The stock color you are seeing is correct. A blond brown finish is a sign that the stocks have been sanded and refinished.

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Thanks so much Bert. Ive seen your post everywhere. Do you know what the purpose of the extra screw in the receiver was? Do you appraise firearms? Id gladly pay a fee. Thanks again for the info, you should charge a fee…

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I do not know what the extra screw is for.  Yes, I do appraisals. If you are interested, contact me at [email protected]

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