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Winchester 1885 High Wall Varminter in .220 Swift
Dec 9th, 2018 at 2:42pm
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I should know better than to watch online auctions since I have more than enough project guns already, but I was watching an auction yesterday and bought a 1913 mfg Winchester 1885 High Wall that has been converted into a varmint rifle in .220 Swift using a Model 70 barrel.  I can't really complain too much since I paid what the scope was worth for it and basically got the rifle for free.  Now I have to wait for it to arrive so that I can have a closer look at what I just bought!

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Reply #1 - Dec 9th, 2018 at 2:52pm
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Sounds like you got a hell of a deal and congratulations. I am sure it will serve the intended purpose you have planned out for it very well.

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Reply #2 - Dec 9th, 2018 at 4:17pm
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.220 Swift.....WOOF
That's a speedy high wall!

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Reply #3 - Dec 9th, 2018 at 5:19pm
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Reverend Al wrote on Dec 9th, 2018 at 2:42pm:
I can't really complain too much since I paid what the scope was worth


What is it?  Is that "bump" near the forward end for focusing?
  
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Re: Winchester 1885 High Wall Varminter in .220 Swift
Reply #4 - Dec 9th, 2018 at 9:34pm
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Redsetter wrote on Dec 9th, 2018 at 5:19pm:
Reverend Al wrote on Dec 9th, 2018 at 2:42pm:
I can't really complain too much since I paid what the scope was worth


What is it?  Is that "bump" near the forward end for focusing?


I think the "bump" is the scope stop to keep it from backing out of the mounts. The scope is pulled forward in the pictures, so the stop isn't in it's usual location.
  

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Reply #5 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 1:40am
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Wonder if they shot the bore out of it?  They do that when you shoot almost a mile per second  Grin
  

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Reply #6 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 8:17am
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That is a nice looking rifle and in one of my favorite calibers. I had two Swifts and they were both extremely accurate. The nice thing is they can be loaded down a little and still out perform most without burning them up. Good luck with it. ratseye
  
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Re: Winchester 1885 High Wall Varminter in .220 Swift
Reply #7 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 10:59am
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Schuetzenmiester wrote on Dec 10th, 2018 at 1:40am:
Wonder if they shot the bore out of it?  They do that when you shoot almost a mile per second  Grin


That's probably why the .220 Swift died. It was such a hot caliber, and people loved pushing them to the maximum. Many ended up shot out, and either got set back, rebarreled, or put in a corner.
Hope Al's is still accurate and not eroded ahead of the chamber!
  

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Reply #8 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 2:02pm
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There is a price to pay for speed!! Eroded throat or healthy citation.There are also ways to minimize the damage, but why would one buy a Ferrari and drive it at 75mph?
  

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Reply #9 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 2:04pm
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Drive it like you stole it, and rebarrel it when you run out of gas.
  

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Reply #10 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 2:21pm
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The had the same problem with the 264 Winchester Magnum. Could be wrong but I believe he said he was going to use for a new project and not as is.
  
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Reply #11 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 2:56pm
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Al,
Was the scope identified?

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Re: Winchester 1885 High Wall Varminter in .220 Swift
Reply #12 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 3:31pm
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I know a fellow who used a Swift to punch  a hole in the web of a railroad rail.  First try failed so he used more hotter powder and it punched a nice round hole.  Roll Eyes

  

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Re: Winchester 1885 High Wall Varminter in .220 Swift
Reply #13 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 7:08pm
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frnkeore wrote on Dec 10th, 2018 at 2:56pm:
Al,
Was the scope identified?

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All the auction description said was "with Unertl scope" so I'm in the dark until it arrives and I can get a much better look at it.  I sent the auctioneer a query asking what power the scope was and any other details they could supply, but I didn't get a response back before the auction started so I threw all caution to the winds and just bought it anyway ...

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Re: Winchester 1885 High Wall Varminter in .220 Swift
Reply #14 - Dec 10th, 2018 at 7:13pm
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rkba2nd wrote on Dec 10th, 2018 at 2:04pm:
Drive it like you stole it, and rebarrel it when you run out of gas.


Their description said "good bore", but in a Swift that could mean anything I suppose ...  I figured for the price I paid for it ($625 plus auction fees) I can pull the barrel off and put it back into something a bit more traditional.
  

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