Re: Help ID this old WRAC Shotgun
The gun is a Winchester Model 1887 Lever Action Shotgun. It was made in 10 or 12 gauges with a four shot magazine, 30 or 32 inch full choke fluid steel barrel, plain pistol grip stock. First Browning patent shotgun manufactured by Winchester, first lever action shotgun manufactures domestically. Made 1887 to 1901. Approximately 64,855 were made. Serial number 48.619 made in 1893. Values given in the Blue Book are:
100%-$3,850, 98%-$3,300,,95%-$2,995, 90%-$2,650, 80%-$2,200, 70%-$1,875, 60%-$1,325, 50%-$1,100, 40%-$900, 30%-$775, 20%-$775 and10%-$695.
Percentage figures are for the remaining original finish on the metal and wood and assume the gun is in a safe mechanical condition for shooting. The values or for retail values.The gun was designed and made to shoot 2 1/2 inch shot shells loaded with black powder, and lead shot. It was not designed for longer, 2 9/16 or 2 3/4 inch shells loaded with smokeless powder, steel shot or slugs and certainly not 3 inch magnum shells loaded with high pressure smokeless powder. As to selling the gun, no gun dealer will pay these valued. They will pay only about 40% to 60 % of the retail value. Remember they are in business to make a profit. The photographs are not sufficient to make an evaluation of the gun. Someone well qualified will have to make a hands on evaluation. I suggest you take the gun to an Appraiser (look in the telephone yellow pages for them) but don't go to a flea market type, a gun dealer or shop or a good gunsmith for an appraisal. A good appraiser will give you a written appraisal but he may charge for the service. To sell the gun it can be consigned to a gun auction house for sale or you can place it on one of the gun auction sites (there are several on the internet) for auction.