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Lot 2005: Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Rifle

Auction Date: December 2, 2017

Documented Extremely Rare Special Order Extra Heavy Barrel Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $10,000 - $18,000

Documented Extremely Rare Special Order Extra Heavy Barrel Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-82 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: varnished walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 7
Class: Antique
Description:

The factory letter confirms the serial number was applied on November 16, 1888, and the rifle was received and shipped on November 26 in order 15447 with a .40-82 extra heavy octagon barrel and set trigger. It has a standard sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and buckhorn sporting style rear sight with serrated edges. The receiver has a single set trigger, and the upper tang is factory drilled and tapped. The top barrel flat is marked with the two-line address and "40-82 W.C.F." The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped "- MODEL 1886-". The 1884 and 1885 patent dates are roll-stamped on the bottom of the receiver in two lines behind the trigger, and the serial number is stamped in script numerals between the tang screws. Very few extra heavy barrels were ordered on Winchester Model 1886 rifles. Model 1886 rifles with special order extra heavy barrels are extremely rare.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. This rifle retains 97% factory quality blue and color casehardened finish. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the barrel and magazine. The bolt and trigger have nearly all of the blue finish. The loading gate shows traces of wear but retains close to 95% of the fire blue finish. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, loading lever and crescent buttplate have close to 98% of the vivid case colors. The stock and forearm are very fine and retain 98% of the varnish with a few very insignificant storage marks. This is an outstanding example of a documented Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with special order single set trigger and rare extra heavy octagon barrel.



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