The accompanying Cody Firearms Museum Records Office form verifies the rifle configuration, caliber, 22 inch round barrel, plain trigger, half magazine, shotgun buttplate and Lyman sights. The rifle was received in the warehouse on September 15, 1897 and shipped from the warehouse on September 15, 1897. This is an example of an extra lightweight Winchester Model 1886 Rifle with the 22 inch round barrel, half magazine, and shotgun buttplate, all special order features. The top of the barrel is marked with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The upper tang is marked "-MODEL 1886-" and the two patent dates and serial number are marked on the lower tang. Blue barrel, bolt and magazine with casehardened frame and remaining parts. Mounted on a smooth walnut forearm with steel forend cap and straight grip stock with a steel shotgun buttplate.
Very fine. The barrel and bolt retain 70% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The remaining metal surfaces retain 40% original case colors. The wood is fine with a few minor handling marks and crazed finish. Mechanically excellent.
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