Winchester 1885 single shot rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The Winchester 1885 single shot rifle, designed by the one and only Mr John M. Browning, has been in and out of production for over 120 years. Winchester is once again manufacturing it. A variety of models are available:

1885 High Wall Sporter

Creedmoor Black Powder .50-90 Sharps

Short Hunter

High Wall Trapper

Not pictured is the Traditional Hunter model.

They are available chambered in:

* 45-70
* 50-90 Sharps
* 38-55
* 405 Win.
* 30-40 Krag
* 32-40
* 45-90

I really like the short barreled trapper model. It is available chambered in 38-55, 30-40 Krag and 45-70. Weights only 6 lbs and has a 16.5″ barrel.

MSRP is $1514.99 to $2226.56 depending on model and caliber.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • G. Thomas G. Thomas on Jan 17, 2012

    To answer my own question in case anyone else is wodering about this little barrel. I bought one. So far I realy like it,100 yds,the best group so far is 1 1/2 inches with open sights.4 Shots.Once I figger out bullet drop at longer range, I think this will make a great saddle gun for horseback use. If you are thinking of buying one,I'd say go for it. If you don't like it you could always sell it or re-barrel. Mine is 30-40 Krag. 45grains IMR 4064.

  • Fanbatcher Fanbatcher on Mar 30, 2014

    I own one of these 1885 Trappers in .38-55. A handy little rifle and comfortable to shoot off hand with factory Winchester rounds. Basically approximates the balistics of a .44 magnum model 92 @ 50-100 yds. ( P.S. - Factory ladder rear sight is a let down - install a Skinner peep instead ).