Manufactured in 1882, this is a Second Model rifle with the dust cover guide rail attached to the receiver with two screws. German silver dovetailed blade front sight with sporting folding ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards. The top barrel flat is marked: "WINCHESTER'S- REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT/- KING'S- IMPROVEMENT- PATENTED-MARCH 29. 1866. OCTOBER 16. 1860." ahead of the rear sight and "CAL 45-60" at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL. 1876.", the serial number is on the lower tang and the bottom of the brass cartridge elevator is marked "45-60". Special order half length magazine with casehardened receiver, hammer, and lever. Mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with iron endcap with sling swivel, and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate and sling swivel. No factory letter available to confirm the aforementioned special features at time of writing, but appear correct.
Very good. The metal surfaces have a darkened aged patina with spotting and pitting scattered throughout. The hammer and lever show faint traces of case colors but have mostly turn to a dark patina. The otherwise fine wood has been varnished, and exhibits some minor pressure marks and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is fine.
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