SOLD FOR: $1378.90
Make: Winchester, Made by Miroku in Japan
Model: 1885 High Wall Limited Series Traditional Hunter
Serial Number: 00038MN85C
Year of Manufacture: 2019 (MN date code)
Caliber: .405 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Actuated Falling Block Single Shot
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 1885 LIMITED SERIES TRADITIONAL HUNTER — Caliber 405 Win. 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.
Barrel Length: 28″ Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notch semi-buckhorn sight dovetailed into the barrel. There is a flip-up aperture peep sight screwed to the top tang. 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.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with schnabel forend, straight grip, straight comb, sling studs front & rear, and a crescent metal buttplate. There are a couple of light compressions and draglines, most noticeable on the left of the buttstock up by the comb and on the right of the forend behind the checkering. There is a little ding through the finish on the right of the forend behind the checkering. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has a light mark on the top behind the screw, otherwise, there are only light handling marks. Overall, the stocks are in Fine Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is a bit of thinning on the barrel at the front of the forend from contact with the forend. There are a couple faint little marks on the sides of the lever. There are some light 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 white box, and paperwork including the manual and limited edition certificate. The box has some scattered discoloration, punctures and some tears. The box is in about Good 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 2019. It has a 28” barrel chambered for .405 Winchester 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!