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SCARCE EARLY SEMI-DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1894 TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 64281. Cal. 38-55 & 30 WCF (30-30). Fine special order rifle with 26″ tapered extra lightweight rnd bbls, half magazines, takedown, gold bead pedestal mounted Lyman front sights, flat top rear sight on the 38-55 bbl and semi-buckhorn rear sight on the 30-30 bbl. It has a locking Marbles tang sight. Mounted with nicely figured American walnut with I-style checkered forearms and capped pistol grip stock with crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle as a 2-bbl set in calibers 30 WCF and 38-55 with extra light rnd bbls, plain trigger, plain wood checkered stock with pistol grip, Lyman front & rear sights, half magazine and takedown. Received in warehouse Aug. 3, 1899 and shipped same day to Order #33157. Letter indicates that the 38-55 bbl was added June 18, 1918. Left side of lower tang is marked with two assembly numbers. The orig is X’d out and appears to be “7997” and it also has the number “829” along with “CF”. Rear face of buttstock, under the buttplate, is matching numbered to the orig assembly number “7997”. Inside toe of buttplate appears to be marked “20002”, the last number is not clear. Although the letter shows that this rifle was shipped in 1899 it was actually manufactured in 1896. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching except buttplate as noted. Bbls retain about 98-99% crisp orig blue with a few small nicks on the 30 caliber bbl; magazine tubes retain about all of their fine orig blue; takedown ring on the 38-55 bbl retains about 98% crisp orig blue and about 95% strong blue on forend cap; 30 caliber bbl takedown ring is a blue/gray patina and the forend cap retains about 25-30% orig blue; receiver retains 95-96% strong orig blue, thinning on the front edges with some minor candy striping and very fine flaking; bolt is dull and floorplate is flaked; hammer retains strong, bright case colors and the lever faded case colors, brighter in sheltered areas, turned silver on outer faces; buttplate is a gray patina. Wood is sound with a few light nicks & scratches and retains about all of its crisp orig factory finish. Mechanics are crisp, 38-55 bore is bright & shiny, 30 caliber bore is strong & bright, a little frosty in the grooves. 4-44388 JR308 (10,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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