The accompanying Buffalo Bill Historical Center letter states the rifle was received in the warehouse on December 7, 1895, and shipped on December 9 and confirms the octagon barrel in .38-56 caliber and plain trigger. The rifle has the desirable casehardened frame and is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and an elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "38-56 WCF" at the breech. The upper tang is marked '"-MODEL 1886-." The lower tang has the two-line patent date marking and the serial number. The forearm and straight grip stock are plain walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a solid crescent buttplate.
Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 70% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The bolt retains 90% original blue finish. 40% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The receiver retains 40% original case colors. 30% original case colors remain on the forend cap, hammer and lever. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent. Both a fine and attractive representative example of a classic casehardened Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle.
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