Charitable Auction: Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot !

Charitable Auction: Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot !

This is a discussion on Charitable Auction: Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot ! within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) in Victor Colorado is auctioning this rifle to raise funds for the museum. Long distance bids ...

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    Charitable Auction: Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot !

    The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization) in Victor Colorado is auctioning this rifle to raise funds for the museum. Long distance bids can be made.

    Here are two links to the auction site and the rifle.

    Museum Fund Raiser:


    Victor Lowell Thomas Museum

    Rifle Link:

    Victor Lowell Thomas Museum

    Here's a description of the rifle:

    A premier auction item is a Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot "High Wall" rifle donated by Reed Grainger. It is 45-90 caliber, 4 digit serial number actually manufactured in 1885, barrel marked "Browning Brothers" in Utah, correct for first year rifle, value $1200.



    Here are the LD bidding instructions:

    Absentee Bids

    If you cannot make the auction, but would like to absentee bid on an item, please call Nancy at 719-689-3522, Ruth at 719-689-2675 or Jane at 719-689-4044. or email museum@victorcolorado.com.



    This is a great opportunity is score a rare rifle and support a great charitable organization in a part of the country that represents a great part of our American heritage.

    I am not associated with the Museum, but thought this might be of interest to members and it is for a good cause. I'd never seen a Winchester like this and thought it'd be fun.

    Thanks for looking at it!


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    I sure wish I had a lot of loose cash, that would be as great rifle to have in my Winchester collection.

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    I would urge members to bid if they can and want the rifle . In that county Cripple Creek got limited stakes gambling, multi million dollar casinos which raised property taxes county wide, as well as other changes some positive , some negative. Victor ( which is the next town over ) got an influx of minimum wage workers , higher taxes ect.. Where the town is situated is not well suited to development to support cc's industry ect. Honestly folks IMHO they would not be peddling this piece of history if the entire orginisation was not at risk . Maby if ya cant bid you could call and send them 5 bucks or so to help out .

    I also am in no way connected , I just know the area and the changes it has gone thro since CC became one of the towns that got the gambling in CO .
    Make sure you get full value out of today , Do something worthwhile, because what you do today will cost you one day off the rest of your life .
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    I was there (Cripple Creek) this past summer - what a hoot!

    I really liked the gold mine!

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    MR D Both CC and Victor are old mining towns in a depressed county ( which is why cc got gambling lol ) Victor is about 7 miles on down the road you came into cc from , and it is like cc was before , other than it faces the issues of cc without the advantages . Yes cc is great and i am glad to see they have protected the donky herd ( a herd or mob of feral donkys which have lived there since the gold rush collapsed in the late 1800s that every one fed , even your fixed income great grandma considered 10 or 12 bales of hay as winter supplys so they would not neglect her house ) that are such a mascot of the area . If you can't tell dont screw with the burros lol , nowdays the law will be on ya , in the old days it was the umm undesirable elements who safe guarded them . Heck back in the day they would come en mass into any bar to warm up and if there was not room well people left . Its a rich area of colorado that is simply trying to better its self , and having teething pains . It aint vegas tho many corps from " vegas " have bought out local interests and put casinos in . Honestly folk i have to say if you want a chance to loose a buck in Colorado while you are here it offers a historical entertainment that vegas does not . and again if nothing else call and voice support for the auction , if you can spare a buck send it if not that is fine . and if you get the chance to come to CO and like the old time things , well head up that direction .. if you get bored with CC run on over to Victor and see what it " used to be "
    Make sure you get full value out of today , Do something worthwhile, because what you do today will cost you one day off the rest of your life .
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    Exclamation More Winchester Data

    Here's a little of what I've found out about this Winchester. They have a really interesting history:

    From the Cody Firearms Museum:



    The Model 1885 Single Shot was the first John M. Browning design (and the first single shot) to be built by Winchester. With nearly 140,000 being manufactured from 1885 to 1920, the Single Shot was offered in just about any barrel length and chambering available.

    Offered in both “High Wall” and “Low Wall” frames, these terms refer to the sides of the receiver and their position in relation to the hammer. With the High Wall version, built for the more powerful cartridges, just the tip of the hammer is visible when viewed from the side; the Low Wall, chambered for such pleasant shooting rounds such as the .22 Rimfire and 25 WCF, exposes the entire side of the hammer.

    About 60 cartridges found their way into the 1885's chamber. Everything from the .22 Rimfire through six-gun cartridges such as the .38-40 and 44-40; "modern" smokeless rounds of .30-30, .303 British, .33 WCF and .35 WCF; buffalo hunting rounds such as .45-90, .45-120, .50-110; the ever popular .45-70; and such all time powerful loads as .405 Winchester (Teddy Roosevelt's Big Medicine cartridge), and .577 English.

    The 1885, as with most Winchesters of the time, was offered with many options including rifle, musket, carbine, and 20 gauge shotgun; barrel length; round, octagon barrels or a combination thereof; set triggers, fancy wood, special sights; Schuetzen rifle configuration complete with palm rest, double set triggers, special cheekpiece stock, and long range target stocks.

    Original Winchester factory records are available for this model from the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody , Wyoming , from serial number 1 thru 10999, except 74459 thru 75556.

    Additionally,

    Major Ned H. Roberts (inventor of the .257 Roberts cartridge) describing the Model 1885 Single Shot as "...the most reliable, strongest, and altogether best single shot rifle ever produced."

    I found one on Cabela's site too:



    Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot Rifle .32-40
    • Cal./Gauge: .32-40
    • Barrel(s): 30"
    • Weight: 9 lbs. 14 oz.
    • Sights/Scope: Mid range rear tang sight, globe front
    • Trigger(s): Double set triggers
    • Stock: Straight-hand, walnut
    • Stock Dimensions: 13" LOP
    • Fore End: Schnabeled un-checkered walnut with ebony insert
    • Butt/Pad: Swiss style brass butt
    • Metal Condition: Fine, with some scattered scratches and pitting
    • Wood Condition: Excellent
    • Bore Condition: Excellent
    • Manufacture Date: 1918

    From Cabela's: This Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot rifle in .32-40 has a number 3 weight barrel. It comes with a brass Swiss style butt plate. Wood appears to have been refinished. The bore is bright and sharp. This 1885 high wall is a very fine piece. The Cabela's one is listed at $5,999.99

    Ok:
    You have a real chance to own a piece of history! Put your bids in! There aren't a lot of folks in Victor that can bid much, so you could have a real chance!


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    Exclamation Winchester Model 1885 Single Shot "High Wall"

    OK Folks! Tomorrow night! A great opportunity, a great rifle, and a great cause!



    Victor Lowell Thomas Museum


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    Exclamation Winchester Sold!

    Attended the Dinner and Auction tonight. Both were great! The rifle was the last item auctioned. A very nice outcome for the museum!

    The high bidder of $1,850 was the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Company, which still operates the gold mine in Victor. As the winner, the company then contributed it back to the museum, and they auctioned it again! It fetched $1,825 the second time around.

    Total net from the rifle was $3,675 for the Museum, and since an anonymous contributor was matching their take, the Museum grossed $7,350.

    A great outcome and a fun evening!


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    Total funds raised from the March 8 - Benefit Dinner & Auction - A Huge Success - $15,139 thanks to everyone who attended!


    The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. ― The Journals of Kierkegaard

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