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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 SCHUETZEN SINGLE SHOT TARGET RIFLE. SN 81322. Cal. 38-55. Fine Schuetzen rifle with 30″ #3 weight oct bbl, windgage front sight with hood, no rear seat and a thin base mid-range vernier tang sight with 2-3/4″ staff. It has Schuetzen dbl-set trigger and a Pope-style finger lever. Mounted with straight grain American walnut with “H”-style checkering, black insert schnable tip forearm that has an orig Winchester palm rest with replacement knob. Buttstock is a modern replacement with checkered, capped pistol grip, heavy Schuetzen cheek piece with perch belly and an orig Helm Schuetzen buttplate. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XXX” and has the assembly number “5459” along with “US”, apparently indicating Schuetzen. Forearm & buttstock are unmarked and the buttplate has the assembly number “8132”. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 38-55, case hardened, 30″ #3 oct bbl, Schuetzen set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip, mid-range and windgage sights, no rear, Helm plate, spur lever, palm rest and Dutch cheek piece, received in the warehouse Aug 23, 1899; “additional dates listed: November 20, 1899 and Buffalo – March 26, 1901; shipped from warehouse April 17, 1901 to order number 95318; December 13 & 14, 1901 order number 126849.” The “XXX” marking on the lower tang would indicate very fancy wood which has obviously been replaced by the currently installed stock. “spur lever” mentioned in the letter would indicate a Winchester spur lever which has also been replaced by the current Pope-style Schuetzen lever. This is simply another case of a shooter customizing his rifle to suit his individual taste. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains sharp edges and shows a lightly restored finish. Receiver retains about 60% case colors, strong on the rear 1/2 of the sides, faded to silver elsewhere. Wood is sound and retains about all of it’s custom finish. Mechanics are fine. Bright, shiny bore, a little frosty in the grooves. Would still be a fine shooter. 4-49219 JR275 (4,000-7,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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