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Opinions on values of rifles.

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Unread 11-24-2005, 05:43 PM
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Opinions on values of rifles.

These are not long range rifles and I'd imaging they'll be "safe queens"... that's what I get for my remarks in Ian's post.

I was given (qualified soon) two (2) rifles just a short bit ago, one is a heirloom (my wifes' family) and the other (probably to be an heirloom also) is real property that I've been given the option to buy once I discover the worth of it.

1. The first is a 1892 Winchester in 25-20 WCF. From my short search it appears to have been manufactured in early 1901. There are wear marks on it but no additional holes and all components appear original. It has not been re-bored to 32-20 or had a barrel liner. (I have not examined the bore and have no real intention to shoot it and I'd imagine my son would not either.)

This rifle will be insured and be presented in a custom display case with family tales and ancestory.

2. The other is a 1894 Winchester in - 32 Win. Spl. - (20" barrel). It date of manufacture came back as 1956. It appears as near new with the owner stating it's only been shot eight (8) times (I have no reason to disbelieve this known to me individual). Again no extra holes or missing parts that I can tell (as one might expect). I need to send money once I know the value of the rifle

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Unread 11-24-2005, 06:56 PM
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Re: Opinions on values of rifles.

Great images, you busy for the next three months. I need someone to create such quality images for some articles I am working on [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

Dave, you really should track down some .25-20 ammo and shoot that old beauty. Not long range or anything big, maybe at a rabbit or two. I believe that shooting an old .25-20 would be a very nice experience. I recall shooting one in my youth, thought it was a real hot-rod compared to the .22 shorts I usually hunted with. Have a vague memory of being impressed at how hard that old rifle hit a bright yellow metal sign that was not supposed to be shot at. Might be the reason I enjoy shooting steel plates so much...

As for the 94, not sure how hard it would be to find .32 Special ammo but it would be a hoot to take it into the woods and make some venison with it. We would all excuse you from long range shooting so that you tell us about the nostalgia of hunting with that old Winchester.

On the other hand, you could just oil them up real good and put them in the back corner of the safe. Be sure to handle them every six months or so just to let them know you care about them. They are fine rifles to own - congratulations.
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