SOLD FOR: $1322
Model: Troeh Custom 1895 Saddle Ring Carbine
Serial Number: 94833
Year of Manufacture: 1915
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield (.30 Government ’06)
Action Type: Lever Action with Internal Box Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. / PATENTED NOV. 5. 95. NOV.12. 95. AUG. 17. 97.JAN.25.98. AUG. 23. 98. AUG. 6. 1907.”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL 1895 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK REG. IN U.S. PAT. OFF. & FGN.”. The lower tang is marked “94833” and “B”. The top of the chamber ring has an ovalled “WP” proof and is marked “.30 / GOV. / ’06.”. The left of the barrel is marked “TROEH / CAL. 30.06
Barrel Length: 22″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a ramped, banded base. The base is grooved for a hood which is not present. The rear sight is a Marble’s “V”-notch buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The notch is fine adjustable for elevation. The left of the receiver is drilled and tapped for a receiver sight (none present).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth wood with a finger-grooved, banded forend, straight wrist, straight comb and ventilated orange rubber Western Field recoil pad. The forend is inlet for a spring-clip handguard, but none is present. The stocks have scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. The forend has a chip-loss at the rear on the bottom-left and a smaller one at a short crack on the left-front at the top edge. There is a very small loss at the bottom-front corner of the wrist on the right. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the recoil pad, 11 7/8″ to the back of the wood. There is a portion of the original buttplate inlet visible at the heel, but the stock has been cut. The pad has scattered light wear and discoloration, but is still fairly supple. Overall, the stocks are in about Good condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refinished, the barrel is not original to the rifle.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore, most at the muzzle-end. There is some erosion on the face of the muzzle, including in the crown. Our gauge shows an ME of about 0.25.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 70% of its current metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is scattered light finish wear with some surface erosion on the right of the receiver, magazine body, lever and barrel. There is some other scattered minor surface oxidation. There are scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows operational wear. There are short arcs of light wear in front of and behind the saddle ring. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Good-Very Good condition as refinished and customized.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The action is fairly smooth and the lever locks up correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The 1895 Winchester was the first lever action model to incorporate a non-detachable box magazine. This is the model Teddy Roosevelt called his “Big Medicine” that he used in hunting here and in Africa. With its quick handling characteristics, box magazine and spitzer bullet capability, the Model 1895 changed the world of sporting rifles forever. This rifle was used by major powers worldwide, with Russia alone purchasing nearly 300,000 1895’s just before World War I. In 1898, the United States ordered 10,000 of the rifles in musket form with handguard for use in the Spanish-American War, but the war ended before they could be delivered. One hundred were issued for field testing in the Philippines and the remaining 9,900 were sold to M. Harley Company. Many of these were shipped to the new Cuban government in 1906 and some found their way to Pancho Villa’s troops in Mexico. The U.S. Government also ordered carbines, but we can’t find records as to how many. This saddle ring carbine was made in 1915 and has since been customized with sporting sights on a new barrel. Based on the marking, we believe this to have been performed at Troeh’s Sporting Goods in Eugene, Oregon. It is chambered in .30-06 and is in about Good-Very Good condition with wear consistent with its age, but still retaining a nice bore and strong mechanics. This should make a nice addition to a collection of Winchester lever-action rifles or a nice hunting rifle for the lucky winner. Please see our photos and good luck!