Custom Winchester 1885 Low Wall .25-20 WCF 27 1/4″ Single Shot Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $1226

LSB#: 211201KB07

Make: Winchester

Model: Custom 1885 Low Wall

Serial Number: 92552

Year of Manufacture: 1904

Caliber: .25-20 W.C.F.

Action Type: Lever Actuated Falling Block Single Shot

Markings: The lower tang is marked “PAT. OCT. 7TH 79” and “92552”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “7”.

Barrel Length: 27 1/4″ Half Octagonal Half Round Aftermarket

Sights / Optics: The top of the barrel is mounted with three male dovetail-style bases. The left of the receiver has a pair of empty drilled and tapped holes.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a pistol grip, convex comb, cheekpiece, and Schnabel tip with black inlay. There are some scattered light handling marks. The wrist is slightly shy to the frame, proud to the bottom tang, and shy to the top tang. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with strong rifling. There are a few little spots of minor erosion at the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is an adjustment screw behind the trigger. There are some little streaks on the metal, some are fresh some are under the finish. There are a few light scuffs and handling marks. There are a few areas of faint mottled discoloration on the frame. There are a few little marks through the finish. There are some light handling marks and standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly tool marked with serviceable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions 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:  When they were first manufactured, the John Browning designed Model 1885 rifles were deemed stronger than the prior Sharps rifles, and the different sight and trigger options available made them an instant hit with hunters and target shooters alike.  The Model 1885 rifles were targeted at competitors in “Match Shooting”, a sport which was extremely popular from about 1871 to 1917. The Winchester rifles challenged the Sharps, Remington, Maynard, and Ballard rifles, and quickly became known for their reliability and accuracy. Major Ned Roberts, inventor of the .257 Roberts cartridge, described the Model 1885 as “the most reliable, strongest and altogether best single shot rifle ever produced.” This one has good mechanics and has a great bore, with provisions for a scope or iron sights, it would be a great target shooting rifle. Or if you’re just looking for a piece with great history attached to it to add to your collection, the Model 1885 is the first firearm Winchester would produce using a Browning design, marking the first time John Moses Browning works with a firearms company and starts a relationship that would see some of the best Western firearms produced in history. Please see our photos and good luck!

Custom Winchester 1885 Low Wall .25-20 WCF 27 1/4" Single Shot Rifle C&R
Custom Winchester 1885 Low Wall .25-20 WCF 27 1/4″ Single Shot Rifle C&R