Winchester Model 1890: Date of Manufacture
I inherited a family heirloom, a Winchester pump action rifle. Please bear with me as I know little firearm terminology. From some preliminary internet research, I find that it is a Winchester Model 1890, second model, standard, take-down, .22 short. I understand there should be a number on the lower tang, but the neck of the stock was wrapped in tape (presumably for better grip?) by an ancestor, and I don't care to remove it. I did, however, find what I believe to be the serial number: 246,136; also the patent marking, June 26, 88 Dec 4, 92. I have two questions:
1. Can the year of manufacture be determined from this serial number?
2. My father told me that the rifle had been modified so that it could no longer be used as a repeating weapon - in other words, it can only be loaded through the breach and must be reloaded upon each firing. Would have it been possible to purchase the rifle this way, or would the family have needed a gunsmith to made the modification. Also, could this be reversed?
I would be grateful for any information you could provide.