Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 21: Winchester 1886 Rifle 40-70

Auction Date: December 5, 2014

Documented Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in Scarce 40-70 Caliber with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,500

Documented Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in Scarce 40-70 Caliber with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-70
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 11
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1895. The included factory letter from the Cody Firearms Museum confirms the serial number, octagon barrel, and plain trigger, with the caliber listed as "40-70". The letter states that the rifle was received in the warehouse on June 20, 1895 and shipped on September 25, 1899 as order number 33212. This rifle is marked with the two-line address, " -- MANUFACTURED BY THE -- / --WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A. --" ahead of the rear sight filler block and "40-70" at the breech. Mounted with a rear adjustable peep sight on the upper tang. Serial number and the two-line two-patent dates are marked on the lower tang. This rifle features a blade front sight and a rear sight filler block. Barrel and full length magazine, all blue finish with casehardened frame, lever, buttplate and hammer and mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with iron cap and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Good. The barrel and magazine retain traces of the original blue finish that has mostly faded to a brown patina. The frame, hammer, lever, and buttplate retain traces of the original case colors that have mixed to a brown patina with few minor dings and some light pitting overall. The markings are clear and legible. The wood is fair with scattered scratches, dings, and a few pressure dents on the left side of the stock near the tang.

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