Now thats a nice shootin iron, you do good work Swampman, I wish I could come across a deal like that..what kind of adhesive did you use for the repair, or is it a new stock?? Again very nice,I`d be real proud of that rifle.
The inital reair was with clear epoxy. I went back and worked on the hair line gaps with fine walnut sawdust and Super Glue. I used the thin runny kind. You work the powdery sawdust into the gap and soak it with Super Glue. After filling and sanding several times, I repaired the finish with Min-Wax Satin Tung Oil Finish and OOOO Steel Wool. You can hardly see the repair. I paid $300.00 for it. I love these early 1895s.
I've only seen photos of the early 1895's. I'm partial to straight stocks anyway and prefer dovetailed front sights rather than ramps. Can't remember the Duke using a rifle with a ramped front sight. But then again, he was partial to Winchesters.
The only thing I'd prefer different on yours is a full length mag tube. Just not fond of the sport rifle look of the abbreviated tubes.