Manufactured in 1886, the first year of production, with the desirable early casehardened receiver as well as an early three-digit serial number (969). Standard two-line address and "45-70" on the top barrel flat, model designation on the upper tang, and two-line patent marking and serial number on the lower tang. Fitted with dovetailed German silver blade front and elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sights. Mounted with a smooth forearm and straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate. An opportunity to add a three-digit serial numbered Winchester in a very popular caliber to your collection!
Very good, retains 20% original blue finish in sheltered areas and on the bolt with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina and the receiver retains traces of original case colors with the balance a mottled silver-grey patina. The refinished wood is also very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches, and a hairline crack and some minor chipping near the tangs. Mechanically excellent.
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