RARE .30-03! WINCHESTER Model 1895 REPEATING Rifle C&R Made 1915 WWI
WORLD WAR I Era Lever Rifle in Scarce .30-03 Caliber
Here we present a Winchester Model 1895 lever action repeating rifle manufactured in 1915 in New Haven, Connecticut, and chambered in .30-03. The Model 1895 was the first Winchester rifle to feature a box magazine located underneath the action instead of the tubular magazine design, which had remained fundamentally unchanged from the Winchester 1866. This allowed the rifle to safely chamber military and hunting cartridges with pointed bullets. The M1895 was also the last of the lever-action rifles to be designed by John Moses Browning and featured a rear locking bolt as in his previous designs dating back to the Winchester 1886. The M1895 was the strongest lever-action rifle Winchester had produced, designed to handle the increased pressures generated by the more powerful smokeless powder cartridges entering common use at the time of its introduction.
The .30-03 was a short-lived cartridge developed by the United States in 1903, to replace the .30-40 Krag in the new Springfield 1903 rifle. The .30-03 was also called the .30-45 since it used a 45 grain powder charge. The name was changed to .30-03 to indicate the year of adoption: 1903. It used a 220 grain round-nose bullet. It was replaced after only three years of service by the .30-06, firing a spitzer bullet giving better ballistic performance.
The Model 1895 rifle in .30 US is most commonly associated today with former President Theodore Roosevelt and the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. However, it was also used by many famed hunters and adventurers, to include Martin and Osa Johnson, Charles Cottar, and author Stewart Edward White. Gerrit Forbes, first cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, recommended the M1895 to Theodore Roosevelt who took two M1895 chambered in .405 rifles with him on his 1909 safari to East Africa. Law enforcement favored the Model 1895 as well and both the Texas & Arizona Rangers were photographed with these rifles and carbines.
The overall condition is fine. The action is strong and crisp. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. Original blue finish. This 1895 Winchester has a bit of everything going for it: an innovative design by none other than John Moses Browning, a history of usage by many of the top hunters of the early-20th Century!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 22 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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