View Full Version : 1895 winchester lever 30-06

smiling cobra
March 5, 2006, 08:09 PM
1895 win 30-06 lever...ser#415xxx made in 1925...lyman sighting system..inherited...sport model..not musket...vg cond...my question...was the 30-06 caliber common...not common??.how does it affect th value of the rifle???..I would never sell because I inherited it from my father....thanks ...I'll take all the help I can get....

James K
March 5, 2006, 10:37 PM
Around 426,000 were made, 293,000 being made for the Russians in 7.62x54R. Of the remaining rifles made for the U.S. market, 75% were in .30-40 Krag (.30 U.S. Army). Of the rest, the most common appears to be the .30-'06, followed by the .30-'03, but I don't know the exact numbers.

In any case, the .30-'06 is not rare in that rifle and the caliber does not bring any price premium.


smiling cobra
March 6, 2006, 06:52 PM

March 7, 2006, 01:16 PM
My friend told me that the reproduction 1895s were also made in 270. They were unable to sell them !! So Browning took them back and rebarreled them to the Russian cartridge ,these all sold out immediately !!!:rolleyes:

March 7, 2006, 02:17 PM
Also own one of those, also handed down from my Dad. Grandpaw had one on 30-40 Krag caliber. Dad's brothers brought home ammo from WWII but always cleaned the rifle with hot soapy water and lastly ran an oily patch. Problem was they used a steel cleaning rod. When I got it I couldn't put a round even on the big paper at 100 yds. Muzzle worn out from cleaning rods!

So knowing I would never sell it and ignoring the collector value I hacksawed off an inch and a quarter and recrowned the barrel, hand made a new sight base, drilled and tapped the barrel and installed it, fitted the old sight into the dovetail and "Bang" she shoots like new.

As the steel buttplate is steel, narrow, and rather pointed at both ends, one feels the recoil very pointedly, have some 220 gr. loads I am going to shoot one of these days. not in a tee shirt obviously.

Mike Irwin
March 8, 2006, 09:25 AM
"As the steel buttplate is steel, narrow, and rather pointed at both ends, one feels the recoil very pointedly..."

Winchester's design team was smoking crack when they designed that stock and put it on the 1895, especially in .405.

Some years ago I fired a .405 with the crescent butt. Pain pain pain!

Winchester also offered a "shotgun" stock on the 1895 that was a lot friendlier to the shoulder.