I have this Winchester 1892 25-20 Ser# 287XXX. I inherited from my father. It was his gun when he was young and he would often allow me to carry it around when I was young and we went deer hunting. He carried the Winchester 1894 30.30 carbine.
This is a 20" round barrel saddle ring carbine with cresent butt plate. The ring is missing. Blueing on both sides of the receiver is mostly gone. Bore in the barrel is pitted from black power loads and gun shoots low and to the right about 6" @ 4 oclock low.
Wood is in desent condition with but shows age and handeling marks from use.
I also have Winchester 1894 30.30 Ser# 10320XX that matches the discription above of the 25-20 only difference is it has a clean bore and shoots straight. Wood is about the same.
Both rifles come close to looking like a matched set. But we know the were not.
Any chance of getting photos?
Model 1892: Your rifle was made in 1905. Because the bore is in poor shape and the ring is missing we will call it a bit lower condition at 70% and value the gun $1800 to $2200.
Model 1894: This rifle was made in 1928. Based on your description we can call it a 75% condition gun and thus worth between $1300 and $1700.
So while they may not be show pieces they are still worth some nice money. Take good care of them and do not refinish the wood. You might get a saddle ring here: http://homesteadfirearms.com/parts/shopcart/ commerce.cgi?product=Winchester_1892& cart_id= <phone> .3224
Thanks for the information. I was mistaken about the cresent butt plate, it is the standard carbine butt plate. I was considering reboring or putting in a new bore liner for the 25-20. But with the value you have posted, plus the fact that ammo is around 1$ round I don't think so. I will pick up a couple of saddle rings and install them. Can't go wrong for the price.
DO NOT rebore the 1892. You will kill the value.
You say it shoots low to the right. Is it a "nice" 2 or 3 inch group at 50 yards or so? Is there an elevator on the rear sight that you can adjust. There should be. And the left to right variation can be adjusted by lightly tapping and moving the rear site just a teeny little bit. Use a brass drift and DO NOT hit the barrel. These guns are amazingly accurate. Even if the bore is not perfect.
You might try these guys for the saddle rings. http://homesteadfirearms.com/parts/shopcart/ commerce.cgi
Or ebay. Try to get one that matches the condition of the rifle. It will be cheaper in your case and will look "right".
Not to worry I already decided not to rebore it. Also ordered the saddle rings just to have. Price is right at 10$ each.
On the shooting it is off 6" low at 4 oclock from center shooting 85 grain at 25 yards. With 65 grain loads it is high 6" at 2 oclock at 25 yards. I have tried lazer bore sights and shooting to sight in but haven't been very successful in getting it to zero. It is not a high priority either since I don't shoot it very much. Probably twice in the last 20 years.