Re: Winchester Model 1890: Date of Manufacture
JPMCCR and WonderWhippet,
Thank you both for your quick responses. The 1905 mfg. date would fall within my grandfather's childhood, which would pretty much confirm my theory that the rifle was purchased for him by his father. I had never considered the possibility that the tape might actually be holding the stock together - that is an excellent point. Since the tape has as much family provenance as the rifle itself, I'll leave it in place.
One last question, if you don't mind. JPMCCR, you mentioned that you contacted Winchester directly. Do they have a website?
Thanks again for helping me put a mystery to bed.