This is a beautiful example of a late production Winchester Model 1885 special order Schuetzen target rifle manufactured circa 1910-15. This Schuetzen rifle is in outstanding condition with excellent Winchester high polish blued finish overall, casehardened breech block and extra fancy wood components. This example has several very scarce and desirable special order features. First off it has a coil spring, takedown action which is very rare for a high wall, as most were the earlier flat spring, fixed barrel actions. Then it has a #3 marked, full octagon barrel with no sight slots and instead is mounted with a factory installed Winchester A5 scope with the target type adjustable rear mount. It has the late 3rd model Winchester (Laudensack) pattern, walnut pistol grip stock that is fitted with the factory correct, late, Laudensack pattern, blued two prong Schuetzen buttplate. It also has the one-piece, Winchester "C" or scroll pattern loading lever, and the forend is fitted with the later "B" style (door knob) pattern palm rest. The barrel is correctly marked on the left barrel flat with the two-line Winchester factory and caliber markings that read: "MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO./NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A. PATENTED OCT.7.79.MAY.28.07." followed by "32-40" at the breech end with the Winchester oval proof roll marked on the top barrel flat directly ahead of the rear scope base and on the top of the receiver. Since it’s a factory Schuetzen rifle, it is correctly fitted with the Schuetzen double set triggers (DSTs). The buttstock, forend and palm rest were all manufactured from extra fancy figured walnut with the stock and forend also factory checkered. The pistol grip is fitted with the Winchester hard rubber grip cap, and the forend tip has the small, ubiquitous, ebony insert. As noted it is fitted with the Winchester A5 telescopic sight that has the two-line Winchester factory legend.
Excellent with 98% of the original Winchester factory blued finish overall, a couple of very minor areas of brown spotting on the right rear side of the receiver, and a hint of thinning and browning on the buttplate. The factory markings and barrel proofs are all clear and sharp. The wood components, buttstock, forend and palm rest are all in excellent condition with nearly all of their original factory varnish showing light/minor small scratches or handling marks on the sides and under sides of the buttstock and around the edges of the palm rest from just handling and holding the rifle. The cheekpiece and lower edge of the shadow line show some minor varnish wear, again probably just from holding and handling the rifle. The Winchester scope is also in excellent condition with 98% of its blued finish overall and the standard crosshair reticle still distinct. The optics are clear and sharp. This is a benchmark example of a Winchester Model 1885 High Wall Schuetzen target rifle.
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