55. Winchester-Pope Model 1885 Low Wall Muzzleloading Target Rifle

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Description Update (11/7/17): There are drying cracks left and right at toe

serial #67151, 33-40, 26" Hartford Pope No. 4 weight barrel with a bright excellent bore. This barrel is Pope No. 68, a previously unknown barrel which is not listed in Greatbatch's Two Volume H.M. Pope Hartford books. The barrel is marked "25 / 1.41 / 33-40 / 68" on underside and "H.M. POPE HARTFORD, CONN" on top flat. The rifle features a plain pistolgrip stock with nickel plated Swiss buttplate and a single set trigger which presently does not set. The lower tang shows an assembly number "1484 CF", while the endgrain of the buttstock is stamped "10133" and the buttplate is unnumbered. The rifle has a very honest appearance and appears to have been in this configuration for a long time, probably since the barreling. The condition of the rifle is quite nice with the barrel retaining 97% original blue with just slight silvering on the high edges. The action retains over 90% original color case-hardened finish which has softened over time but still has a lovely appearance with just a little light scattered oxidation staining. The plain pistolgrip walnut buttstock and forend are original Winchester stocks and rate excellent with 95% plus original finish remaining. The forend has had its rear edge rounded over at action as it was oversized to fit the heavy No. 4 weight barrel. The rifle is sighted with a windgauge globe target front, no rear seat and a mid-range tang mounted peepsight. There are scope blocks added to the top of the barrel, the forward block holes pass through the "HARTFORD, CONN" in the Pope address. The rifle comes with its original Pope false muzzle numbered to the barrel and an original brass starter. This rifle has been in the consignor's collection since February of 1976 when he purchased it from a gentleman on Long Island for $100.00. Overall a very fine Hartford Pope Low Wall rifle. (18397-16) {ANTIQUE} (4000/6000) SOLD FOR $6,900.00

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