Winchester model 55 value?

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6 years ago #1
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Trying to get an idea of the value of one of my dad's old rifles. It is a winchester model 55 cal 25-35 and I have learned that it is a takedown model.

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6 years ago #2
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the model 55 winchester was a simplefied version of the md 94 rifle and only 21,000 were made between 1924-32,,you have the good caliber value wise and current values are between 900 fair -2000 excellent at auction or to a winchester collector,,
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6 years ago #3
Zumbo
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I had one when I was a teen. My grandfather bought it new. My son now has it. Depending upon its condition, it could range between $800-$2500. Cabelas has two model 55's for sale and are asking more than $2000 for each. They have photos so you can compare the condition of your gun to those being sold.

Good luck,

Jim Zumbo

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6 years ago #4
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Jim,

A good friend of mine is preparing a research paper on Winchester Model 55 rifles. He is trying to survey as many rifles as possible to look at minor production changes and history. Would you be willing to give me a detailed description of the rifle so that the data can be included. He is looking for caliber markings, butt plate types, sights, etc. All information will be held strictly confidential and highly appreciated.

Thanks so much for your consideration
2bit

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6 years ago #5
Art Bronstein
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Greetings. I own a Winchester Model 55 serial 2325. It is .30 cal, take-down, pistol grip with shotgun butt. I hope this helps. Art.

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6 years ago #6
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Art,

It is a good start. Thanks. Could you send me photos of the upper tang, butt plate, barrel address, caliber stamp, and left side of the receiver?

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Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and help. Every rifle helps.

You wouldn't happen to have some Model 1892 rifles do you?

Thanks
2bit

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4 years ago #7
woodtree
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If I can be of help I have a 55 with a factory 22"barrel, 30WCF, Nickel Steel, shotgun Butt, steel butt plate, very high serial number not in 94 series 5117...if you need any more info just ask personal e mail <email> I'm in Canada

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4 years ago #8
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woodtree wrote:
If I can be of help I have a 55 with a factory 22"barrel, 30WCF, Nickel Steel, shotgun Butt, steel butt plate, very high serial number not in 94 series 5117...if you need any more info just ask personal e mail <email> I'm in Canada


Hello,

I will send you an email, as I would very much like to see some pictures of your Model 55.

I have to ask... are you 100% sure that the barrel is only 22-inches long? The reason I ask, is that 24-inches was the standard length, and I have never found one that was different.

Bert H.
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4 years ago #9
woodtree
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Hello I have had some computer problem and lost you email I'm the guy with the 22" 55

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4 years ago #10
browndaleboy
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I have a model 55 in .32 and also a 92 in .32 caliber. I would be happy to share any info that would be of value to you.

BW

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4 years ago #11
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browndaleboy wrote:
I have a model 55 in .32 and also a 92 in .32 caliber. I would be happy to share any info that would be of value to you.

BW


Hello BW,

What I need to start with is the serial number on your Model 55. If you can post a few pictures of the rifle, that will answer all of my remaining questions.

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4 years ago #12
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browndaleboy wrote:
I have a model 55 in .32 and also a 92 in .32 caliber. I would be happy to share any info that would be of value to you.

BW


And just to complete the cycle I would love to have the data on the Model 92 for my survey. If you could post the serial number and photos of the barrel address, caliber stamp, upper tang stamp, and one of the entire rifle it would be a huge help.

Thanks so much for the effort.
Michael
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4 years ago #13
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The serial of my Model 55 is 9522, and date of Mfg. is listed as 1928. I will try to get some pictures posted this weekend.

Bob W

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4 years ago #14
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The serial number of my Model 1892 is 113820, and date of Mfg. is listed as 1896. I will try to get some pictures posted this weekend.

Bob W

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4 years ago #15
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Hello Bob,

Your Model 1892 is actually a mid 1899 manufactured rifle according to the serialization records originally kept by Winchester. Thanks for the data. I will be looking forward to seeing the images of the rifle.

Thanks so much
Michael

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4 years ago #16
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browndaleboy wrote:
The serial of my Model 55 is 9522, and date of Mfg. is listed as 1928. I will try to get some pictures posted this weekend.

Bob W


Hello Bob,

Your Model 55 was manufactured in May of 1927. If you take it down, you should see a "27" stamped on the bottom of the barrel inside the take down extension ring.

Bert H.


Edit: I have attached a picture of a barrel date stamp (26) on a Model 55.

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4 years ago #17
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I had promised to get some photos up, but got caught up in Irene, and just got my power back. After I get cleaned up and organized I will get it done. Thanks for the understanding. Bob W

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4 years ago #18
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Browndaleboy,

After being through a few hurricanes here in Houston they definitely have a way of rearranging your schedule for a while.

Glad all is well.

Michael

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4 years ago #19
joro
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Hi guys,
Here's my Model 55 Winchester....
It's a 32 Caliber.
There is a compass built into the stock.
serial #1073110
New Haven stamped.
I was curious as to how old it was and it's value.
Thanks

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4 years ago #20
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Hello joro,

Your Model 55 was manufactured in February of 1931. It is in typical condition for its age, with most of the bluing on the receiver frame gone. It will not have much interest to collectors, as they are seeking higher condition specimens. As a "shooter", it is worth approximately $750 as long as the bore is in good shape, and the Take Down is still tight.

Bert H.

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4 years ago #21
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My model 55 serial #2642 has the letters 30 WCF. W being Augest- C is the year 1934 and F is the year 1936. So what year is it made? I took the barrel off and could not find what year it was made.

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4 years ago #22
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sonnyca wrote:
My model 55 serial #2642 has the letters 30 WCF. W being Augest- C is the year 1934 and F is the year 1936. So what year is it made? I took the barrel off and could find what year it was made.


Hello Sonny,

"30 W.C.F." is the caliber. The "W" = Winchester, the "C" = Center, and "F" = Fire. W.C.F. Winchester Center Fire was the original designation used by Winchester for all of the various cartridges that they developed starting with the 44 W.C.F. (a.k.a. 44-40) back in 1873. Winchester stopped using the "W.C.F." designation on the Model 94 in the early part of the year 1950 when they changed it to "30-30 WIN."

The dating system you tried to use was Remington's method of marking their firearms with a date code.

Your Winchester Model 55 was manufactured in August of 1925. The barrel should be marked "25" right where it is shown in the picture I posted. If there is any grime or crud, it may be hard to see.

Bert H.
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4 years ago #23
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Thank you Bert for the info, do you have any idea the value. It has been used quite a bit, but is still in relative good shape. The bluing shows wear and the stock has been repaired.

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4 years ago #24
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Hello Sonny,

The value of your Model 55 Rifle is in the $500 - $750 range. The big issue is the repaired crack in the butt stock and the "personalization" marks on the wrist of the stock.

Bert H.

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4 years ago #25
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Thanks again Bert

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4 years ago #26
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Hey 2bit,
Couldn't hep but notice that you are the inside expert on 55's (that and your buddy doing the research) .
I have a Breakdown 55 with the usual markings of an earlier model. Horiz. grooves on butt plate. Nickel Steel 30 WCF on the barrel. The serial number under the the main chamber and ahead of the lever says "110". Bluing is pretty intact on the barrel, slightly less on the main body/loader. Wood is original with very mild wear under the foregrip and perfect on the non pistol stock. Looks to have been kept oiled and polished. Had a local gunsmith tell us that the barrel and action indicates that it has been fired less than 20 times. It has the conventional sights.
I'm looking more for history, care tips, can I (should I?) shoot it? Shells unique or readily available? and I guess, a value range. I appreciate the help, and would like to learn more of it. Incidientally, the gun came from the Milwaukee area, where my son was working in a Sporting goods chain. He called me and said.."Hey Dad, we've got some punk doper in here selling the gun collection that his Grampa left him." And that is how we came to purchase the gun(From the store). About made me sick to think of some idiot selling off a whole collection without benefit of true collectors gettin a chance. I myself am not a collector, but appreciate the art..and this gun was jsut too cool to pass...
Anyway, thanks for any help.
regards
Jim

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4 years ago #27
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Hello Jim,

Your new (old) Model 55 Sporting Rifle was manufacted in July of 1924, less than one full month after production began. Everything you describe about the rifle is perfectly standard. The "30 W.C.F." marking is the cartridge designation, and it is the early designation for the standard 30-30 cartridge.

If it is truly in nearly new condition, I would not recommend shooting it much, as it potentially has a high collector value. That stated, I would very much like to see several clear close-up pictures of the rifle so that I can evaluate it for you.

Bert H.

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4 years ago #28
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Thanks for the help Bert. Having a little trouble laoding up the pics...try this...
REally appreciate you taking a look.
Jim
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=102414146878035250139&target=ALBUM&id=5698797303785581361&authkey=Gv1sRgCJ7V1Y_fiMr4WQ&feat=email

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4 years ago #29
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Hello Jim,

That rifle has very little original finish left on the receiver frame, and the stocks have been lightly sanded and refinished. Shoot the heck out of it.

This is what your rifle looked like when it was in nearly new codition. Note the even and dark bluing on the receiver frame.

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4 years ago #30
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Thanks Bert...time to get some shells...I really do appreciat the help...and the good pics!
JIm

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