SOLD FOR: $2126
Make: Miroku in Japan for Browning
Model: 1885 High Wall
Serial Number: 90041PT247
Year of Manufacture: 1986 (PT Date Code)
Caliber: .270 Winchester
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 .270 ONLY”. The right side of the receiver has the serial number.
Barrel Length: 28”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: There are no provisions for iron sights. There are two drilled, tapped, and filled holes on the top of the barrel 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 stud front and rear. The left side of the buttstock shows a faint dragline. Otherwise, only light handling marks are present. The checkering is sharp with only a few lightly nicked checkers. 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 Fine-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: None.
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 1986. The .270 Winchester is a suitable cartridge for hunting deer-sized game at open ranges making it suitable for plains game and mountain hunting. Standard ballistics tests show that the .270 is highly appropriate for hunting screeching boars and pigs. 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!