SOLD FOR: $2026
Make: Miroku in Japan for Browning
Model: 1885 High Wall
Serial Number: 01130NP247
Year of Manufacture: 1998 (NP Date Code)
Caliber: .454 Casull
Action Type: Single Shot, Lever-Actuated, Exposed Hammer Falling Block Rifle
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN” and “NP” at the rear, the right shoulder is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1885 CALIBER .454 CASULL ONLY”. The right of the receiver has the serial number, the underside of the lever has a buck mark logo.
Barrel Length: 28”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed to the top of the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn U-notch elevator sight that is dovetailed to the barrel. There are two drilled, tapped, and filled holes just behind the rear sight and two on the top of the chamber ring.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered select walnut with schnabel forend, straight grip, straight comb, and checkered rubber Browning buttpad. There is a sling swivel front and rear. The stocks show no significant wear or damage. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2” and 12 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The pad shows no significant wear. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are just a few sparsely scattered faint marks throughout but no significant wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box with paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: Many would consider the High Wall to be the greatest single shot ever designed. Amongst the earliest of Browning’s designs, and the first produced by Winchester, it has been a popular choice for more than 135 years. This example was made in a Miroku production run from 1996 to 2001. The .454 Casull generates almost 5 times the recoil of the .45 Colt, and about 75% more recoil energy than the .44 Magnum. It can deliver a 250 grain bullet with a muzzle velocity of over 1,900 feet per second developing up to 2,000 ft-lb of energy. These rifles were simply too effective to ever go out of production for good and Japan’s premier gun maker pulled it off quite well. This rifle has beautiful walnut stocks and the vast majority of its finish remaining; these combined with the sharp bore make this a rifle with a lot of life left. Please see our photos and good luck!