WINCHESTER M1895 LEVER-ACTION .30 CAL STANDARD RIFLE

$1,200.00 SOLD

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Item Code: 740-331

This very popular firearm is the standard production, lever-action Model 1895 repeating rifle produced by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company of New Haven, Connecticut. The M1895 has a distinctly handsome profile and was the last of the Winchester rifles created by John Browning and the firm’s line of lever-action rifles. Almost 483,000 Model 1895 rifles were produced from 1896 through 1931. Receiver features the new box magazine chambered for high velocity smokeless cartridges with calibers that varied from the 30.03 round up to the 7.52 mm cartridges. The M1895 was the first lever-action repeater with a box magazine that met with good success in the non-military world.

In very good overall original condition, this handsome 30-caliber rifle exhibits a two-piece, oil-stained black walnut stock mated to a 22” long round barrel. Barrel stamping has “NICKEL STEEL BARREL / ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER”. Also, shows “30 U S” seen on the top surface of barrel near edge at the receiver. Traces of old bluing remain on the barrel, receiver and operating lever but it has turned to a mix of gray and patina. The escalloped sides of the receiver area shows typical use with scattered mix of patina and gray with spotted pepper and flaking. Has original bluing on loading gate. Rifle bears serial # 6948 and records indicate that those rifles with serial numbers under #19871 were made prior to Dec 31, 1898. Has the early maker stamping of “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1895” on the upper tang. No saddle ring.

Barrel exhibits the side-mounted receiver peep sight and just the platform base for the adjustable folding style rear sight. Bore is sharp but dusty and would clean to bright. Very good black walnut stock untouched and exhibits normal dings, dents from use and age but no breaks or cracks. No cartouches. Original frame screws excellent, not buggered. Rifle exhibits strong, crisp mechanics. A very fine, popular Winchester repeating Model 1895 rifle that Theodore Roosevelt called “my medicine gun for lion”.

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