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Old 05-13-2011, 11:48 PM   #1
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I decided to fix up the Winchester 1895 I "found" in my collection. I couldnt bring myself to part out a historic gun that could be shootible. Its a shame, it looks like this coulda been a nice rifle before it was forgotten ... Theres only one spot on the side of the receiver where the bluing has major wear.
Well I cleaned it up some and put it back together, I ran into a issue and a couple of missing parts. Its missing the mainspring and carrier spring, luckly out of the few replacement parts available these can be found. The rear sight is also missing, but im trying to find one of the same era of the gun.
The magazine ( yes it has a mag, not a tube!) seems to move just a hair when you close the lever, but returns to the correct spot when you open it again. I dont think it suppose do this?
I still have to take it to a gunsmith to have the barrel installed, but im figuring I can have this old gun fixed for under $300 including new stocks... Think its worth it?
Does anybody know when this was made? I thought 1899, but am not sure.. The Sn# 214xx. Any help?

The original thread is here... http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/when-clean-fix-gun-leave-alone-41542/

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Old 05-14-2011, 01:31 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your decision. It never hurts to have a good gunsmith look at an old firearm.

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One of John Browning's greatest designs...It was arguably the first LARGE CALIBER hunting rifles that had the repeat fire capability of the small caliber winchesters

Restoring this would only help you. Best of luck.

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Yes 1899
What caliber?

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Yes 1899
What caliber?
thanks for the date....

Its in .30 US (.30-40 Krag) Too bad its not a .405 like Roosevelt's
Wow this gun was designed by John Browning!!??
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[/QUOTE]Wow this gun was designed by John Browning!!??[/QUOTE]

I hope that wasn't sarcasm, but yea. John Browning in my opinion is one of the greatest firearms designers in history...

his inventions include the

winchester '86, '94 and '95, Colt 1911, Colt 1895 "Potato Digger," Winchester 1897, Browning Superposed, Browning 1918B.A.R., Browning 1919 .30, Browning M2 .50 and many many many more...

He built his first gun when he was 13 or so in his dad's shop from scrap parts.

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Glad you decided it to bring it back to life. Great rifle!

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On my 1895 in 30-40 I have a Lyman Model 21 ladder aperture sight which I believe is correct for the era. Mine was built in 1926 and inherited from my father.

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his inventions include the

winchester '86, '94 and '95, Colt 1911, Colt 1895 "Potato Digger," Winchester 1897, Browning Superposed, Browning 1918B.A.R., Browning 1919 .30, Browning M2 .50 and many many many more...

He built his first gun when he was 13 or so in his dad's shop from scrap parts.
He also designed the Winchester 1887 against his better judgement but it was what Winchester wanted.
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On my 1895 in 30-40 I have a Lyman Model 21 ladder aperture sight which I believe is correct for the era. Mine was built in 1926 and inherited from my father.
Hey you got the spiffy sight for it..... I was looking those up and they tend to go for some bucks!! I was just trying to find a rear sight that matches the finish of the rest of the gun. Ive read that the stock sight that came with them was of the buckhorn type.


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I hope that wasn't sarcasm, but yea. John Browning in my opinion is one of the greatest firearms designers in history...

his inventions include the

winchester '86, '94 and '95, Colt 1911, Colt 1895 "Potato Digger," Winchester 1897, Browning Superposed, Browning 1918B.A.R., Browning 1919 .30, Browning M2 .50 and many many many more...

He built his first gun when he was 13 or so in his dad's shop from scrap parts.
No its not scarcasm, I was just surpised that one gun maker would design a gun for another company, didnt he have his own company?
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