Manufactured in 1905. The top of the barrel ahead of the rear sight is marked "MANUFACTURED BY THE / - WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN U.S.A.-", the left rear is marked "NICKEL STEEL" and the top at the breech is marked "45-70" The Winchester oval proof is marked directly ahead of the caliber and on top of the receiver at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1886 / -WINCHESTER- / TRADE MARK" and the serial number is on the lower tang. Lyman blade front sight with an ivory bead, adjustable rear semi buck horn sight, 1/2 magazine tube, finished blue with casehardened hammer and lever, and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with steel end cap and straight grip stock with a checkered hard rubber Winchester buttplate. Sling swivels (non-factory) have been custom mounted on the forend cap and stock.
Very good. The barrel retains 70% original thin blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The receiver retains 60% original thin blue finish with bright edge wear and a smooth gray patina on the balance. The loading gate has a smooth silver gray patina and the bolt retains 98% original bright blue finish. The hammer and lever show strong traces of original case colors with a smooth mottled gray patina on the balance. The wood has been lightly sanded and oiled and remains very good with a few overall scattered minor dings and handling marks. The markings are clear and crisp. The action is excellent.
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