WTS Custom MVA 1885


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May 17, 2017
Dayton, Wyoming
I have for sale a MVA Model 1885. I purchased the action from MVA employee and sent it to gunsmith John King to build. John installed a Green Mountain barrel and chambered it for 40-65. He also made the barrel half octagon and half round with a single wedding band. A Ben Rice close couple trigger was polished, fitted and installed. I obtained a gorgeous $1000 English walnut stock from Treebone Carving with an Ebony inlet that John fitted and finished. John did lots of other work as he built it from the ground up and I have the original workorder. Case color on the action and buttplate and all other parts are blued.

Overall length is 44” with a 13.5” pull and 28" barrel. Barrel is 1.030” at the breach and .930 at the muzzle. Tang sight is an Axtell Winchester Mid-Range (elevation adjustable) with Hadley eyecup. Front sight is Axtell globe with one insert and spirit level clip and a standard clip. No rear barrel sight dovetail was cut. Barrel is stamped like the original Winchester rifles. Weight is around 9 pounds. Have some extra screws also.

I recently sent the rifle to JES Rebore and had the rifle hogged out to 45-70. The barrel was restamped where it was originally marked 40-65. The barrel was also stamped below the forend with 45-70 and JES. The new stampings were cold blued, but the top one could be a little better. It is the only defect on the rifle. Rifle has never been fired and has been a safe queen since built in 2018 and is in new condition.

Will ship for $3600, which is less than the parts cost me. No electronic payments or trades and Lay-A-Way is available. An FFL is required, and your dealer must accept from a private individual. Contact me with any questions and thanks for looking.


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Nov 7, 2021
If only I could! I can vouch for jgraham, I'm buying another rifle from him, and he is very easy to work with. Can't wait to see the rifle in the next few days!