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Lot 237: Winchester 1890-Rifle 22 WRF

Rare Winchester Model 1890 Slide Action Rifle Chambered for 22 WRF with Factory Stainless Steel Barrel

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Lot 237: Winchester 1890-Rifle 22 WRF

Rare Winchester Model 1890 Slide Action Rifle Chambered for 22 WRF with Factory Stainless Steel Barrel

Auction Date: December 3, 2010

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized:

Rare Winchester Model 1890 Slide Action Rifle Chambered for 22 WRF with Factory Stainless Steel Barrel

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1890-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22 WRF
Barrel: 24 inch octagon
Finish: blue/black
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 8460
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 50
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This late production Third Model 1890 rifle was manufactured in 1927 with a rare factory stainless steel barrel chambered for the 22 WRF cartridge. It has a blade front sight and an adjustable notch rear sight marked with a 1901 patent date. The upper left barrel flat is marked "-STAINLESS STEEL-" followed by the two line address/patent date marking and "-MODEL 90-22 WRF". The three line trademark information is on the upper tang, with the serial number on the frame and lower tang. Twelve groove forearm and smooth straight grip stock with crescent buttplate. Winchester stainless steel barrels were Japanned and this finish quickly wore through leaving a spotted finish and were not very popular. Since stainless steel barrels were not popular and were available for a comparatively short time, all Winchesters with these barrels are very rare and valuable collector's items.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 60% "Japanned black" finish with the balance a smooth gray patina. The remaining surfaces retain 75% original blue finish with the balance a smooth brown patina with extensive slide wear and some scattered minor spotting. The buttstock is fine with numerous minor dings and scratches with a few minor gouges. The very good is excellent with some scattered minor handling marks.



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