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I've got an opportunity to buy a BrownChester 1895 in 30-06 and am having a hard time deciding what to do. The rifle is original except that someone added a shotgun recoil pad at some point in the past. I can't imagine that these things are kickers due to the weight. It certainly wouldn't be my first choice for lugging through the hills. Barrel length appears to be 24". Like all Brownings it looks like it belongs in the livingroom amongst the finer furniture. I can't find much on the web about this model and have no idea what it would be worth or how many of them were made. Does $350 sound too high for this, assuming 80-90% condition? I see mention of this from time to time (and on this forum) as a basis for reboring/rebarreling to rounds like 35 Whelen, 375 Hawk/Scoville, 411 Hawk, etc. I need to decide before the end of the week. Any advise you guys can give would be much appreciated.
 

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They are definitely fine pieces of workmanship. I had to go check it out again today...hope he doesn't get tired of me stopping by to look at it. There are a few very small dings in the butt stock and forearm, blue wear at the muzzle, on the hammer, just at the point where the barrel starts to taper, and on the magazine (due to the lever). Other than that it's in very nice condition. I don't know how to grade gun condition so it could be on the high end of my earlier estimate. There is no safety. As for the recoil pad, I don't know if the stock was shortened or not. With the pad it shoulders very good and doesn't seem long in the butt.

Sounds like I should just buy it. If the asking price is that good I should at least be able to recoup my cost later should I want to get rid of it.

Thanks for the help!
 

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No tag. This would be a private deal. The bore is fine and I've shot it a few times, although not for groups. It would ring the 100 yd gong pretty consistently with factory 150gr. The sights are really pretty good for factory sights. I wouldn't think of scoping it. Probably would leave it just as is...recoil pad and all. I love lever actions and this is just one more type to admire, and this one will certainly get your attention. To own one of these in the original Winchester chambered for 405 Win would be the ultimate...although my ultimate lever gun also involves the model 71 and 1886.
 
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