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1885 Varmint Rifle in 219 Zipper
Oct 25th, 2018 at 5:27pm
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I saw this online somewhat locally (Shooters Choice in Waterloo), and got it, mostly for the action.

It is a 1913 High Wall, 26" barrel, 219 Zipper, single set trigger. with a Litschert 8x scope.

Comments are welcome.

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Re: 1885 Varmint Rifle in 219 Zipper
Reply #1 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 5:54pm
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Great single set trigger action, and a great scope. If the price was right, you've got the basis for a nifty rifle!

What caliber do you plan to make it?
  

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Reply #2 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 6:04pm
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Indeed, a great starting point. You can likely have the wood run through a pattern-machine (CPA, Treebone, etc.) and save a great deal of work on the wood. Can have the barrel lined or bored & rifled if it is a length/weight that works for you needs.
  

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Reply #3 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 6:06pm
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marlinguy wrote on Oct 25th, 2018 at 5:54pm:
Great single set trigger action, and a great scope. If the price was right, you've got the basis for a nifty rifle!

What caliber do you plan to make it?


Thinking on 25 Hornet.
  
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Re: 1885 Varmint Rifle in 219 Zipper
Reply #4 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 7:08pm
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Nice classic varmint rifle! You did very well! Have a barrel installed and leave the wood as is for now. That stock may work just fine for you.

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Reply #5 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 11:11pm
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If the bore is still good I'd leave it as a Zipper. It was and still should be a good varmint cartridge.

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Reply #6 - Oct 25th, 2018 at 11:15pm
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Congrats and a real nice find indeed! Do with it as your little heart desires and make it a personal fit of your own liking.

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Re: 1885 Varmint Rifle in 219 Zipper
Reply #7 - Oct 26th, 2018 at 12:02am
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John:

I know you are considering a new RKS barrel.

You could also have Ron Smith rebore your existing barrel to 25 Hornet (greatly reduce your costs) unless you wish to keep the 219 Zipper as a switch barrel.

Or consider the .25 RKS which is a breech seating case.

But those High Walls sure look nice with an octagon barrel.

So many options one can consider.

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Reply #8 - Nov 6th, 2018 at 2:17pm
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Well,

I was very excited when I got the rifle.  The wood in the buttstock is really beautiful.

I took off the forend to see if there were any clues as to who made the stock, did the gunsmithing, etc.  Unfortunately the gunsmith had welded a rod to the action to float the barrel off the forend. 

I am guessing it shoots fine, but since I was going to use the action in a build with a much finer forend, I had to send the rifle back.

I was girding myself for a fight with the retailer, but they responded immediately, apologized for the oversight, gave me shipping directions and told me to send them the bill for the return shipping.  This was with no pushing from me - this was their default response.

Since people can be quick to criticize a seller when things don't work out, I thought I should offer praise to Shooter's Choice in Waterloo for perfectly handling a potentially confrontational, or worse, situation.


  
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Reply #9 - Nov 6th, 2018 at 5:35pm
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Schuetzendave wrote on Oct 26th, 2018 at 12:02am:
John:

I know you are considering a new RKS barrel.

You could also have Ron Smith rebore your existing barrel to 25 Hornet (greatly reduce your costs) unless you wish to keep the 219 Zipper as a switch barrel.


Dave


That Hornet case is not going to fit into a .219 Zipper chamber without some extra work. it is too small in diameter and too short.
just sayin'
  
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Reply #10 - Nov 6th, 2018 at 7:04pm
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Too bad it didn't work out.  I had a look at their web site and the price was pretty good.   I bought some stuff from them quite a few years ago and they seemed like nice people.

I see that Shooters Choice in Alberta has a highwall for sale too.   It's a fine example of "crimes against single shots".    I wonder what percentage of Winchester 1885's escaped being converted into something far less good.   

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Reply #11 - Dec 15th, 2018 at 5:40pm
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SmallBoreBuyer wrote on Nov 6th, 2018 at 2:17pm:
Well,

I was very excited when I got the rifle.  The wood in the buttstock is really beautiful.

I took off the forend to see if there were any clues as to who made the stock, did the gunsmithing, etc.  Unfortunately the gunsmith had welded a rod to the action to float the barrel off the forend. 

I am guessing it shoots fine, but since I was going to use the action in a build with a much finer forend, I had to send the rifle back.

I was girding myself for a fight with the retailer, but they responded immediately, apologized for the oversight, gave me shipping directions and told me to send them the bill for the return shipping.  This was with no pushing from me - this was their default response.

Since people can be quick to criticize a seller when things don't work out, I thought I should offer praise to Shooter's Choice in Waterloo for perfectly handling a potentially confrontational, or worse, situation.



I did the same thing with that rifle, I bought it seen the fore arm hanger had been welded and I did not like the way it looked so they took it back and I bought the 222rimmed they had instead.
  
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