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Reply #15 - Jul 19th, 2015 at 6:35pm
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The serial on the double set was the number you used? I'm confused, maybe the rifle had been back for the trigger change?
I have some "lettered" rifles, but they have the original tang. ain- Don't misunderstand, I really like the rifle, just mystified about the 1887 single trigger and the current dst would have a different number.
  

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Reply #16 - Jul 19th, 2015 at 7:45pm
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No, I used the number marked on the top tang of the rifle it was 9175. The letter is showing how the rifle was, FIRST built. in 1887. Then it was rebuilt, to the state it is today. Bonner
  
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Reply #17 - Jul 19th, 2015 at 8:02pm
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Interesting. Thanks, and good shootin'. It shore is a sweet one.
  

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Reply #18 - Jul 19th, 2015 at 9:39pm
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The number on the top tang is a work order number, and Winchesters can't be looked up by that number. If looked up by the serial number, then the page will also list the work order number on the top tang. 
If they were given the number on the top tang, the info you got will be in error.
At least the last time I tried to get one looked up by the work order number on the top tang, they told me it wasn't possible to go that route.
  

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Reply #19 - Jul 21st, 2015 at 10:21am
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Is it a small shank or large? I know a lot of early guns had ser# on bbl and lower tang only and a rework left them unmarked. Paper work makes them go through as unknown maker. 
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Re: win 1885 rework
Reply #20 - Jul 21st, 2015 at 9:43pm
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Bonner wrote on Jul 19th, 2015 at 5:58pm:
Any help with bullet type? mold, seater ,weight, Loading data would be a great help.


First off, what's the twist?  Determining that will give you an idea what weight bullets you can use.   

And, unless you know who made the barrel (for instance, Douglas), you might want to slug it and figure out what diameter bullets to use.

Come back with that info and you'll get more opinions than you can read through in an evening Smiley
  
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Reply #21 - Jul 24th, 2015 at 5:54pm
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Marlinguy, I had time to take the 1885 apart and here are some photos of the tang's, that shows all the #, top and bottom. I hope you can see the U.S. on the tang.   Bonner
  
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Reply #22 - Jul 24th, 2015 at 6:23pm
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Unusual. It appears someone attempted to cross out, or deface the numbers on the side of the tang for some reason? It also looks like they got the first part of the serial number transposed from what I see on the outside of the tang? The bottom reads "91754", but the side reads "1975" and then either a 9 or a 0 at the end?  The 481 is most likely the work order number.
The US on the side makes me wonder if this lower tang began life as a Winder Hi Wall musket, and the tang was bent to become a pistol grip tang, and reworked to DST?
The 3 X's would usually indicate grade of wood, but a Winder wouldn't have extra grade wood, and those don't look quite like my two with extra grade markings. Maybe whoever did the bending, also attempted to mark the wood grade?
Still a wonderful gun, and I wouldn't care what the lower tang indicated, or if it matched the gun or not!
  

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Reply #23 - Jul 24th, 2015 at 7:35pm
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That tang number on the bottom- where Winchester marked serials- is from the year 1903, according to the list found in Campbell. I don't know if the tang was from a Winder or not, like mentioned above, but from the way the parts rest on the top, and the deep looking bend, it started out as a straight grip tang. Maybe that's the one first found on that action, and would be the number to letter. The rest could be from anything that matches up to make such a nice rifle. We'll probably never know for sure if it has many original pieces or not. Is the barrel a Winchester, or an aftermarket one? Nice rifle, and just trying to help figure it out. 
By the way, look on the top tang for a work number, and hope it matches the 481 on the lower- that'd be a plus for dating if they match.
  

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Re: win 1885 rework
Reply #24 - Jul 25th, 2015 at 5:30pm
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Lovely Gun!!
Trailboss is your problem. Popular for very close SASS, but not for the accuracy minded.
I was excited about the development and recoil reduction concept, but unless you are a SASS shooter or like to shoot at fridges in the dump....useless
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Re: win 1885 rework
Reply #25 - Jul 26th, 2015 at 10:16am
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Just one other mention Bonner. You stated earlier that you used #9175 for getting info, but there's a 91754 on the bottom of the lower tang. That's the number you should have used to acquire info on an 1885.
  

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Reply #26 - Jul 26th, 2015 at 11:51am
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You are right, blind in one eye and can't see out of the other. Well I will send for another letter from Cody , and this time use the right #. Sorry for the incorrect info. Bonner Cry
  
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Re: win 1885 rework/new letter from cody museum
Reply #27 - Sep 2nd, 2015 at 5:34pm
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Here is the new information with the right serial#91754 from Cody.  Serial # applied on January 31, 1902. Caliber:40/90 St. Barrel weight: #4. Barrel Length: 30 inches. Trigger: Schuetzen Set. Checkered stock, Pistol grip. Helm butt plate. Dutch cheek piece. Spur lever. Received in warehouse on February 18, 1902. Shipped from warehouse on February 18, 1902, Order number 130751. No other information is available for this serial number.Guys this is all I know about the rifle, Thanks for your interest. Bonner
  
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Reply #28 - Sep 2nd, 2015 at 11:11pm
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There ya go now. All straightened out, except for who redid it so nicely. I'll bet the original caliber was a real fun deal with a pronged butt plate. Now, how in the heck is it shooting?
  

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Re: win 1885 rework
Reply #29 - Sep 3rd, 2015 at 8:40pm
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Well for me,  it is shooting good with the hand cast bullets i have. I am keeping it inside of a 100 yd target and working on new loads, so it is going slow, still hot in Ga, more range time in Oct. Bonner
  
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