SOLD FOR: $2400
Make: Winchester, Made by Miroku in Japan
Model: 1885 Limited Series High Wall Hunter, SHOT Show Special
Serial Number: 00093ZR85A
Year of Manufacture: 2017 (ZR date code)
Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Action Type: Lever Actuated Falling Block Single Shot
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 LIMTED SERIES — Cal 6.5 Creedmoor ONLY”. The right shoulder of the barrel is marked “Made by Miroku – Japan — Imported by BACO, Inc. – Morgan, Utah / Winchester is a registered trademark of Olin Corporation”. The top of the barrel at the rear and the top of the chamber ring each have an ovalled “WP” proof. The right of the receiver is marked with the serial number at the bottom-rear. The top tang is marked “-WINCHESTER-”.
Barrel Length: 28″ Octagonal
Sights / Optics: There is no provision for a front sight. The rear of the barrel and the top of the chamber ring of the receiver both have a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes for scope bases. The top tang has a pair of drilled, tapped, and filled holes for a tang sight (not included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel forend, pistol grip, straight comb, sling studs front & rear, and a facotry black rubber Decelerator buttpad. There is a faint mark on the bottom of the forend by the mounting screw. There is some thinned finish on the sides of the wrist, appearing to be from factory, otherwise there is only light handling wear. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. The pad has light wear, no major defects. Overall, the stocks are in Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore but there are some machining marks.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There is no notable wear or damage, only minor handling marks. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action works correctly. The hammer has a safety notch. The trigger breaks crisply and the lever locks-up solidly. 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: Included is a serial matching box, box sleeve, scope base, and the manual. The box and sleeve have some edge wear, little scuffs through the finish, corner wear, and a couple creases. The sleeve has heavier wear than the box and both rate in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: In 1879 John Browning was granted a patent for a new rifle design that was to become one of the most famous single shot rifles ever produced. It was sleek, symmetrical, and very strong. The design was better than anything available at that time, including the legendary Sharps. The Browning rifle was of falling block design, with a centrally located trigger. The lever was a graceful S shape, and the hammer recessed into the action for easy loading and extraction. It is still, to this day, one of the best single shot rifles ever designed. Over the next few years after its development, John and his brothers manufactured approximately six hundred of his single shot rifles before the manufacturing rights were sold to Winchester, who introduced the rifle as their Model 1885 Single Shot. This is a Model 1885 High-Wall made by Winchester as a part of their Limited Series in 2017 as a SHOT Show special. It has a 24” barrel chambered for 6.5 Creedmoor and a rich blued finish. This one looks like it was hardly ever out of the included box and rates in Excellent condition. Please see our photos and good luck!