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Old 10-22-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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Hello there I'm new to this forum and hope to get some help regarding this winchester. I don't have a clue where or when this rifle is manufactured. This is the serial number, 48655. I'm having trouble finding out anything about the rifle with this caliber. What is the value, or does it have any value at all?

According to oldguns.net it says it was manufactured back in 1905.

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Your rifle is in pretty nice shape. i also have a model 95 in .40-72. If you decide to shoot it, cartridge cases are available. The case is almost the same as the .405 Winchester. There is a slight difference in bullet diameter.

Low power loads can be made by necking up .30-40 cases. The resulting case will be shorter than .40-72 but the rounds work well so long as they are loaded very light.



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Thank you very much, I will definitely use that information. I really wanna take the rifle out for a "test drive" so to speak.

Do you have any idea regarding the value on these rifles?

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Very nice! As far as where made, like it says on the barrel, however, looks like it took a detour to Europe from the proof marks. As far as date of manufacture, either 1904 or 05- BUT- call these folks- THEY have the polishing room records from Winchester!

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It is very hard to give a value on a collector firearm without seeing it in person. In picture 3 it looks like the 2-piece lever has been spot welded together(very bad). Hard to tell for sure in the pics but I think the stock has been replaced(or refinished)(bad). The rear sight is hard to see but it does not quite look like a Winchester sight(bad). I could easily be wrong in these opinions as I don't have the gun in front of me. But lets just say I'm right, if so it moves the gun from collector price to shooter price. Still a cool gun in a cool caliber.

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It is very hard to give a value on a collector firearm without seeing it in person. In picture 3 it looks like the 2-piece lever has been spot welded together(very bad). Hard to tell for sure in the pics but I think the stock has been replaced(or refinished)(bad). The rear sight is hard to see but it does not quite look like a Winchester sight(bad). I could easily be wrong in these opinions as I don't have the gun in front of me. But lets just say I'm right, if so it moves the gun from collector price to shooter price. Still a cool gun in a cool caliber.
Pretty much what he said....
I can tell the rear sight is not correct. Your missing a screw on the side of the receiver, it goes in the hole for the pin that holds bolt and lever. Do you have pics of the front sight and the buttplate? I too own a '95 and Im finding out Winchester collectors are VERY picky about the smallest details..
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I want to thank all of you for the help. I dont have any quality photos left. But I'll take some new and post them soon.

Here are the rest of the pictures.







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Any ideas just why someone would weld the two piece lever?? Wouldn't that screw up the latching mechanism??

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I have no idea Deadin, sorry.

Anyway, so I did some research and the stock has been replaced. That is the only news I have at this point I'm afraid.

As I said earlier, I'll get some more (better) pictures and post them when I got some more free time.

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