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OK, in keeping with the Winchester lever theme, my latest weekend grab, a Winchester 55 takedown in .30 WCF (what else? ;) ). AND LOOK DREW, NO WILLIAMS FOOLPROOF RECEVIER SITE!!!! :D





I've seen 3 and 4 digit serial #'d 55s, while this one is numbered in with the 64/94 model #s.

And sorry to say, you North Eastern boys, but I'm selling off Rugers to finance my Winchester habit!! :)
 

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Well done!
It has always amazed me how well the wood of the older 'plain' guns look compared to the new models. I suppose it's a combination of age and wood that was not 'farm raised'. A coat of synthetic glossy poly spray it on and dry in seconds because it's a cheap and easy finish does nothing for me
 

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Another nice Winchester!

Don't let anyone tell you that the Winchester take-down leverguns aren't accurate shooters! I've had several and found out that they can be just as accurate as a non-takedown of the same model if you leave the takedown mechanism alone. After you take one apart and put it back together, shots will wander around a bit until everything gets "shot in".

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Well Ken, at least your 55 isn't in .32 Spl.... ;)

Most 55's were indeed take-down, half mags.... After Winchester stopped accepting special orders in 1909 or so, it seems that there was still some demand for this, so they cranked up a new model with these features as standard.

I enjoy carrying and shooting the 55's.... Love the look of the Townsend Whelen Flutes in the stock comb....

Charlie Askins once wrote about having to silver solder a 55 receiver togeather to take out the 'wobble' so it would shoot at all...
 

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Thanks for the compliments gents! These old rifles are truly works of art compared with today's stuff. I just like to admire and study them...and occasionally shoot them just because. If these old things could talk!! This 55 has a 1929 birthdate, can you imagine the stories it could tell? BTW, I got this one out of Connecticut...sorry to "steal" it away from the north-east!! It will do better in the dry climate of the south-west anyhow! ;)

(BTW: I am negotiating/trading for a Winchester 53 .25-20 takedown...hopefully in a few weeks I will post pictures of that beauty!)
 
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