Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 27: Winchester 1876 Rifle 50 express

Auction Date: April 13, 2018

Early Production Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable 50 Express Caliber

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Early Production Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle in Desirable 50 Express Caliber

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50 express
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 3098
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 30
Class: Antique
Description:

Second Model manufactured in 1878. The top of the barrel flat is marked with the two-line address/King's Improvement patent dates ahead of the crudely modified rear sight and "50 CAL. EXPRESS " at the breech. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876", the top of the dust cover is marked ""WINCHESTER EXPRESS/.50 CAL. 95 GRS.", the bottom of the cartridge elevator is marked "50 - 95," and the serial number is marked on the lower tang.(No factory letter available to verify). The barrel and full length magazine tube were blue, and the remaining parts casehardened. It has a dovetailed blade front sight, two leaf rear sporting sight, and is mounted with a smooth walnut forearm with metal endcap and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate with compartment (cleaning rod not included).

Rating Definition:

Fair. The barrel and magazine tube have a smooth dark mottled patina, and the receiver and buttplate have a silver gray patina with dark spots and some minor pitting and signs of some light cleaning on the receiver. The hammer and lever have a dark patina. The wood is about good with numerous dents, dings and scratches. The markings are clear. The action is fine.



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