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EXTREMELY RARE EARLY WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 FLAT SIDE SINGLE SHOT RIFLE. SN 11454. Cal. 45 Express (45-125). Standard grade rifle with scarce 32″ #3 weight oct bbl, globe front sight, semi-buckhorn rear sight, thick base graduated tang sight with 4″ staff and knurled edge eye-cup. It is mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with black insert, schnable-tip forearm and straight stock with crescent buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in 45 Express caliber with 32″ #3 oct bbl and plain trigger, received in warehouse June 25, 1887 and shipped 2 days later to Order #18635. This caliber was introduced by Winchester in 1886 specifically for their single shot rifles and was the longest cartridge chambered in any Winchester rifle. It was not much of an improvement over the popular 45-90 so it was discontinued after only a few years. In addition the thick side or flat side receiver is quite scarce and in combination with this rare caliber makes this an extremely rare rifle. CONDITION: Fine. Bbl retains 93-95% strong, orig blue with only sharp edge wear. Receiver retains virtually all of its orig case colors, moderately faded, more so on the right side. Buttplate is faded to silver. Forearm has a hairline at top left rear and another back of the top and bottom tangs in the buttstock. Overall retains most of a lightly restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-45688 JR294 (6,000-9,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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