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euronorb 08-10-2008 04:04 AM

Mystery Rifle---- found metal detecting
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Hi everyone.....I found this rifle metal detecting, could anyone give me any information about It ?
Thank you. :)

BillM 08-10-2008 05:02 AM


Originally Posted by euronorb (Post 35525)
Hi everyone.....I found this rifle metal detecting, could anyone give me any information about It ?
Thank you. :)

Well---it's really rusty. Probably not the information you are looking for?

Does it have any indication that it had a magazine tube underthe barrel?
Is there a dovetail in the bottom of the barrel toward the muzzle?
If so it MIGHT be a Winchester mdl 1890 22 cal pump gun.

Can you take some close up pix of each side of the receiver? Can you
see any markings on the barrel top?


euronorb 08-10-2008 03:55 PM

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Hi Bill....thanks for taking a look.....I will post some close up shots and see If that helps......The barrel seems to be a hexagon shape If thats any help. To rusty to see any markings on the top of the barrel.

JPBeck 08-10-2008 04:12 PM

I can't help you-- but man that is a cool find. I wonder what the story is behind it. I'd be great as a wall hanging-- super conversation starter.

c3shooter 08-10-2008 04:56 PM

Think the gent that said Winchester 1890 may have named it. See link to photo:

euronorb 08-10-2008 06:40 PM

Thanks c3shooter......that sure looks like It.

BillM 08-10-2008 07:28 PM

Yup---Pretty sure that's a 1890. Good pictures! It could also be a Winchester 1906, but most of the 1906's had round barrels. Winchester made a zillion 1890's . Some of the early ones were solid frame. Your somewhat rifle shaped piece of rust is a takedown model. There are two places for a serial number on a takedown. One on the tang, one on the bottom of the frame in front of the trigger mechanism toward the muzle end. You might do a little GENTLE cleaning on the bottom frame location and see if there is a readable number. If there is we can determine year of manufacture.

A little further research----Your gun is a standard 3rd model 1890.
Manufactured between 1907 and 1940.

Righteous 08-10-2008 09:27 PM

where and how did ya find it?

euronorb 08-10-2008 11:23 PM

Thanks for all your help guy's......greatly appreciated.

I found It at low tide In a slough (BC,Canada) with a metal detector, It was buried in mud and silt. Also got a 1914 nickel that day and a 1918 large cent.

Thank you once again. :)

matt g 08-11-2008 12:36 AM

Ummm, I dropped that. Can I have it back now?

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