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Old October 5th, 2017, 05:57 PM #761
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Nice gun, the 55s with the nickel steel were a really unique gun. By the way the bluing came off all the receivers. .30 WCF = 30-30
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Looked up the Winchester 55. Only approx 20,000 were made during an 8 year period during the Depression. Apparently they command a higher price than the Model 94, from which it was derived, of the same era. Most were Takedown models, so the non-Takedown models are valued even higher these days.

https://winchestercollector.org/models/model-55/

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I called him today after work to report your guys findings. He was pretty excited. He said he doesn't think it's a take down model, but honestly doesn't know. It may have been in the assembled position for 60 years. He also said there is a small scope that was found in the box and it looks like it mounts onto the side of the receiver.

I said he should get it checked out by a professional before running rounds through it. It seems like it would be a shame to potentially damage something.
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Assuming it functions, the bore is nice, and there's no rust, he's got a $1000-1600 rifle based on the pics that you've shared and what I see on GunBroker. Likely more if he has the original box.

Btw, there are cowboy loads commercially available for 30-30 if he doesn't reload and wants to be gentle. However, if checks out, it should have no problem with standard 30-30 ammo. The formula/power hasn't really changed, and the Model 94 action, on which this is based, is robust.

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With the seam between the receiver and the barrel it sure looks to be a takedown model. The photos are a bit fuzzy for me though.
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Browning BLR .308 Win.

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With the seam between the receiver and the barrel it sure looks to be a takedown model. The photos are a bit fuzzy for me though.


Got a chance to have dinner with my friend last night and checked out his gun a bit more. That seam looks like it could be a takedown model but it wouldn’t budge. I assumed that if it could come apart it would have some sort of lock or latch.



Here is the pic of the scope and mount. No markings on it.



We were wondering if the scope was added after or some unusual factory option.
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The end of the magazine tube will have a foldable lever on it if it is a takedown. I'd bet money that it is. Most were. See video. By the look of the seam on the receiver it is a takedown.

Check out this video on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/nKNohpNGsg0


   

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