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Lot 1013: Winchester 1886 Rifle 40-82 WCF

Auction Date: September 10, 2016

Documented Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $9,500 - $14,000

Documented Deluxe Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-82 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut checkered
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 13
Class: Antique

Winchester Model 1886 Fancy Sporting Rifle with letter from the Cody Firearms Museum. The letter lists the rifle features as 40/82, round barrel, nickel steel barrel, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistol grip, shotgun butt, rubber buttplate and screw eyes. It states that the rifle was consigned on April 22, 1898 and returned and repaired on May 20, 1911. The rifle has a blued barrel, magazine, loading gate and bolt. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer and lever are color casehardened. The deluxe, highly figured, fancy grain forearm and pistol grip stock have a high polish piano finish. The barrel has a standard dovetail mounted sporting front sight with nickel-silver blade and a buckhorn style rear sight with 32-B elevator. The receiver tang is drilled and tapped for a rear sight. The frame is drilled for a Lyman sight on left side which is now absent with filler screws in place. Special order sling swivel screw eyes are mounted on the forearm cap and stock. The pistol grip stock has a checkered black hard rubber buttplate embossed with the round Winchester logo. The pistol grip has a black hard rubber cap embossed in relief with "WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS". The stock and forearm have Winchester Style H checkering. 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. "40-82 W.C.F." is stamped on the barrel center-line between the rear sight and the receiver and "N.S." is stamped on the left side of the barrel below the caliber designation. The upper tang is roll-stamped "-MODEL 1886-". The 1884 and 1885-patent dates are stamped on the lower receiver behind the trigger and the serial number "116542" is stamped in script numerals between the tang screws.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The rifle is all original and retains 90% of the blue and casehardened finish. Nearly all of the original blue finish is present on the barrel and magazine; wear is limited to some very minor thinning on the bottom of the magazine. Most of the blue finish is present on the bolt and loading gate. The case colors on the forearm cap have faded to a silver patina. The receiver retains 60% of the original case colors; the casehardened finish has faded slightly and contact points on the bottom of the receiver have a silver patina. There are two very small patches of shallow pitting on the lower right side of the receiver above the lever that are only apparent on close inspection. Nearly all of the casehardened finish is present on the hammer, trigger and the sides of the lever; the contact points on the bottom of the lever have a silver patina. The stock and forearm are in very fine condition. The stock has nearly all of the high polished piano finish intact and the pistol grip checkering is sharp, wear is limited to a few very minor handling marks. The forearm is in very fine condition with slightly more handling wear then the stock. The piano finish on the forearm has dulled slightly from handling and there are a few insignificant dents and scratches. The action functions perfectly. This is a very fine example of a desirable caliber 40-82 Deluxe Sporting Rifle.

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