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Nice gift from my mother-in-law

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by PeteH, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Mar 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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    PeteH

    PeteH [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I was just given a Winchester model 1905 chambered in 35 WSL.
    This rifle belonged to her dad who died back in the late 1980's. The gun was put in a case and tucked in the back of a closet for 20+ years.
    Other than being very dirty, it is in pretty good shape for being 106 years old.
    The good:
    This is an early model of the 1905, # 23xxx so it was infact made in 1905.
    These rifles were chambered in either 32 WSL or 35 WSL so I got the larger of the two calibers. I have read that this rifle was considered by some to be the first auto laoding rifle available.
    Bluing is about 70-75%, stock is in good condition with a few dings and scratches.

    The bad:
    It's chambered in 35 WSL which went obsolete in the 1940's. Original cartridges are highly collectable and will run about $4.50 per round.
    Buffalo Arms reproduces it so I was able to get 20 rounds for $52.00 but it's still too much money to shoot more than a few rounds
    It's missing the original 5 round magazine. I have read the the original mags are as hard to find as the original ammo, and if I'm lucky enough to find a mag, plan on spending about $100.

    My plan is to have a gunsmith give it a look over and thorough cleaning to make sure it's safe to shoot then put about 5 rounds through it and keep the other 15 rounds for emergency use LOL
     
  2. Mar 9, 2011 at 9:40 AM
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    That's awesome guns prob worth a lot of money
     
  3. Mar 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM
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    I have seen them advertised for $400-500.
    I have seen a few auctions where they sold for between $200-300.
    Minus the original magazine the value about $200, but the family value is high
     
  4. Mar 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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    Nice score. :cool:
     
  5. Mar 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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    Like my grampa always told me "can't beat free"
     
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