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Military infantry pattern Win Model 1885 in 45-70

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by 4v50 Gary, May 29, 2009.

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  1. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    The other day I examined a 45-70 Winchester Model 1885 that was made as a military infantry arm. It had a full length stock, two bands with the front band that had a bayonet mount. Anybody know anything about this gun?

    I know it's based on John Browning's single shot rifle that was bought by Oliver Winchester and marketed by Winchester.
     
  2. Maverick223

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    I know it is a sweet shooting gun...does that count? Those 45/70s are addictive. Do you have any pics...I would love to see it.
     
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    That's it! But it hasn't been cleaned in over forty years. There's no bayonet with it (I'll have to look around the room to see if any of the bayonets are similar).
     
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    Sure it wasn't a Remington Rolling Block. They made over 1 million of them. Very common (if not THE most common) miltary arm in the latter 19th century. Also known as the Springfield Models 1870 & 1871.
     
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    I know the difference between a Remington Rolling Block and a Win 1885. There are actually two Win 1885s in the collection and the other is a heavy barrel buffalo gun. There's also a Remington Rolling Block in the collection, but I haven't examined it yet.
     
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    LOL, I sure hope so, no comparison, I love the action of a falling block, always have...finally got one (New Model Browning 1885 High Wall) about a month ago. B-E-A-U-tiful :) Was it for sale? That's a nice gun (with a not so nice price tag).
     
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    Not for sale Maverick223. It belongs in the collection and they're not de-accessioning anything. I'm helping them update the catalog.
     
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    Hmm, not like I could afford it anywho. I would like to see it though, snap a picture if you can.
     
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    Will do, but lighting is poor and I don't have a professional camera.
     
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    Look forward to it.
     
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    Images of Winchester Model 1885 Infantry Rifle

    So I went out and bought a Nikon D5000 at Costco and tried it out. For your viewing pleasure and at the request of Maverick223, ecco la!

    The Winchester Model 1885 Infantry Rifle
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    Close up of action
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    Front sight, muzzle and bayonet lug
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    Sorry about the slow learning curve. It took me a couple of hours to do this. I'm grey and old.:eek:
     
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    Worth the wait...looks great, did you find the bayonet? It must be a horrible task to "have to" sort through someones rare and beautiful antique firearms. ;)

    ^Then...and now\/ Darn Japanese left my bayonet lug off. :D
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