Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1011: Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Extra Long Barrel

Auction Date: September 8, 2018

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Extra Long Barrel

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-60
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 746
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 12
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1883. The rifle is chambered for the .45-60 W.C.F. cartridge and has a special order 28-inch round barrel. (No factory letter available to verify). The barrel has a special order front sight with set screw and nickel-silver blade. The original rear sight has been replaced with a Winchester adjustable folding leaf rear sight. The rifle has a blued barrel, magazine and receiver. The hammer, loading lever and crescent buttplate have a casehardened finish. The walnut stock and forearm are oil-finished. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S--IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER. 16. 1860" ahead of the rear sight. The top of the barrel is stamped: "CAL. 45-60" between the rear sight and the receiver. The bottom of the cartridge elevator is marked with the caliber "45-60". The top of the receiver is roll-stamped: "{ MODEL 1876}" with foliate decorations at either end of the marking. The serial number is located on the lower receiver tang behind the loading lever latch. The Third Model; receiver has an integral dust cover rib and dust cover with serrated edges.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 50% blue and has some muzzle wear and dings and dents along the left side at the end of the forearm area with some scattered finish loss on the top ahead of the rear sight. The magazine tube retains most of a professionally applied reblued finish. The receiver has 80% of the original blue finish with edge wear on the side plates and the contact areas of the upper and lower receiver. The hammer and sides of the loading lever have most of the original casehardened finish. The contact areas on the bottom and inside of the loading lever have faded to a silver-gray. The buttplate has a dark brown patina with patches of darker age discoloration. The stock and forearm are in good overall condition. There is a hairline crack that runs the full length of the bottom of the forearm. The stock is in very good condition with light handling marks. The stock and forearm appear to have been sanded long ago. Mechanically excellent. This is a very good example of a Winchester Model 1876 Third Model Rifle with 28-inch round barrel.

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