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405 Winchester #15885514 03/11/21
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Lately I’ve been interested in learning about them. I am a little late to the party, but the 1895 has always intrigued me by its looks and the history around them. Does anyone hunt with the 405?

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Hunt with a .405 ? Nah they are old-fashioned. Right Kaywoodie?
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I've hunted my original a few times but no success unfortunately. As crshelton above and TR before him can attest, nothing they won't work on!

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My ex wife’s grand pa had a 405 that looked like it hadn’t been fired. Obviously it had, but it was in pristine condition


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Thanks guys for sharing. They are one of the coolest rifles around.

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Originally Posted by viking
Thanks guys for sharing. They are one of the coolest rifles around.



Been kicking around trading my No 1 for a 95. The Ruger is a nice rifle, but I can see me using a 95 for a saddle rifle.

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iking,
Even though the standard factory load is with a 300 grain bullet, you can handload the 210 grain 41 mag pistol bullet on up through the 400 grain Woodleigh that I used on my Cape Buffalo.
However, there is not much that the 300 grain Barnes or North Fork will not kill.


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Viking,
I'm planning on taking a 1895 Winchester in .405 up to Alaska on a Spring brown bear hunt in 2022. I'm currently talking to a few gunsmiths on putting a quarter rib with integrated leupold quick attach scope mounts and express sight on it and a barrel band for a sling. It'll be setup with a scout scope setup.

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I got Mountain Molds to make a 350-grain cast bullet. I use an alloy of wheel weights and babbit metal water quenched, sized 413 dia. Very accurate using IMR 3031. I'm looking to find a Redfield receiver sight. the buckhorn truly suck.


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Dans800, that’s something awesome to look forward to.

I am down in the Fairview area. When I head back to the DevilsLake area I stopped by that gun shop in Stanley, that’s a neat place, hellava collection in there. Assuming you’ve been there.

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I only killed a couple of whitetails with my .405, but they were both instant kills with the Hornady 300 gr. FP factory load.

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Viking, that place is awesome in Stanley! My wife works in Stanley so I stop in there when I can. Your down in the Fairview area. I get there alot with work. Maybe we'll have to meet up one day and talk guns and stuff.

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Sure. I’ll pm my #.

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Sounds good Viking 👍

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I plan on checking out an auction this coming Saturday. They have 2 1895’s, a 30-06 and a 405.

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I went to an auction today, there were 2 1895s on it. They were fancy ones with engraving. The 06 went for 2000 and the 405 for 2600.

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Viking,
Thank you for the report on the two 1895 Winchesters.
My unfired Safe Queen is a Deluxe 1895 .405 and your report provides a reasonable value for it. I bought it years ago because my wife thought it was pretty. And it is.


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WHB,
Your Ruger in .405 WCF looks like a well balanced and fast handling rifle and yes the Hornady 300 grain ammo makes fast work of most big game. I used that on all deer sized game and handloaded North Fork 300 grain for Nilgai and other tough game.
The use of the 400 grain Woodleigh in Africa was a fun project to see how the 400 grain bullet performed. The answer was very well with no bullets ever recovered, even from buffalo. I am confident that a 400 grain solid would put an elephant down. Heck, a 300 grain NF might take an Ele too.


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I had to look on GB for pictures, they looked like High Grades or anniversary models with the dull stainless looking receivers. Definitely safe queens, although I would shot the [bleep] out of the 30-06. The 405, well if a guy could find ammunition..

If I wasn’t buying property, those old farts would’ve coughed up more 😆.

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I ran across two 1895’s yesterday . One was old 30-40 Krag for $1200. The rear stock had been altered. A piece of hardwood was used to raise the cheek piece. It looked like some old timers winter project in a dimly lit cabin. Cheek weld was about perfect with the Lyman peep sight installed. I loved the history of that one.

The other was a 405 for$1850. It looked new.

I passed, too many construction projects going on..dam it., that and ammunition availability for either is a problem.


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