SOLD FOR: $1625
Serial Number: 428550
Year of Manufacture: 1910
Caliber: .22 Winchester Rimfire
Action Type: Tubular Magazine Fed Pump-Action Rifle
Markings: The upper left barrel flat is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. / NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. PAT. JUNE 26. 88.DEC. 6. 92. NOV. 27. 06. MAY. 30 1906.”, “MOD. 90.-” and “22 W.R.F.”. The underside of the receiver is marked “428550 / A”. The bottom tang is marked “428550”. The grip cap is marked “WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO.”.
Barrel Length: 24?, Octagonal
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a flip-up u-notch dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a Marble tang peep sight. The top of the action is drilled, tapped, and filled.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The stocks are two-piece deluxe walnut with a grooved slide handle, capped pistol grip, straight comb and steel crescent buttplate. The slide handle has a few minor compressions. The buttstock has some scattered nicks, mostly along the belly. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 12 3/4? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has moderate pitting on most edges and has overall gone to a light patina. Overall, the stocks rate in Very Good-plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Partially Refinished; the receiver has evidence of re-bluing.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent light erosion and minor stubborn fouling in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 2% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The receiver has shifted mostly to a light patina and has several light scrapes and scratches with spots of surface oxidation and minor thinning on most edges. The barrel has minor thinning on most edges with intermittent nicks and spots of finish loss, a few light nicks, some scattered minor scuffs. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Very Good condition, as partially refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly, and locks up solidly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. It appears themagazine tube mounts have been re-welded. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Ever since 1890 when Winchester brought out a slide-action rifle with that year’s model number, the Model 1890 pretty much ruled the roost for rimfire repeaters. This tubular-magazine rimfire was wildly popular in the U.S., not only in the myriad shooting galleries throughout the country but also with the young boys and men who loved to shoot and hunt small game. The Model 1890 was a John Browning design and the first successful repeating rimfire rifle. This example is in Very Good condition, and would be an excellent addition to any Winchester collection. The rifle has the robust .22 Winchester Rimfire chambering, retaining the great majority of its original finish, a decent bore and strong mechanics. Good luck and happy bidding!