This Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Takedown Rifle was manufactured in 1904. The letter lists the rifle features as "33 caliber, round barrel, Plain trigger, Checkered stock, Pistol grip, Full magazine, Shotgun butt, Rubber butt plate, Takedown and Oil finish". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from the Winchester warehouse on April 19, 1905. The rifle has a blue finish on the barrel, magazine, forearm cap, receiver, loading gate and trigger. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are deluxe, fancy grain, walnut with Winchester Style H checkering and a piano finish. The stock has a black, hard rubber, pistol grip cap embossed with "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS" in relief and a black, hard rubber, checkered, shotgun buttplate with the circular Winchester logo in the center. The 24-inch round barrel has a Lyman "Winchester Express" front sight with bead and a Lyman Express rear sight. The rear sight has two folding leaves; the first leaf has a flat top and white sight triangle, and the second leaf has a large V. A Lyman folding combination rear sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped "MANUFACTURED BY THE/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" in two lines ahead of the rear sight. The left side of the barrel is roll-stamped "NICKEL STEEL BARREL/ESPECIALLY FOR SMOKELESS POWDER" in two lines between the rear sight and the receiver. "33 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel just in front of the receiver. The 1884 and 1885 patent dates are roll-stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger, and the serial number is stamped on the lower tang behind the tang screws. The rifle is complete with three Winchester hang tags, with one of them listing the original price as $30.00.
Excellent. The rifle retains 98% of the original blue finish and shows only minor handling marks. The sides of the receiver show only a few, barely visible, handling or storage marks. The hammer and lever have 95% of the casehardened finish. The loading gate retains 95% of the niter blue finish. The stock and forearm are in the same excellent condition as the steel components. Both the stock and forearm retain nearly all of the original oil finish. The checkering is strong. This is an exceptional example of a special order Deluxe Model 1886 Takedown rifle in nearly new condition. It would be extremely difficult to find a better example of a Winchester Model 1886 rifle.
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