Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1079: Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle

Auction Date: September 12, 2020

Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,500 - $9,500

Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1573
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 96
Class: Antique

This Winchester 1886 lever action rifle is chambered in the desirable 45-70 WCF cartridge, the caliber of choice for anyone desiring survival on the open range. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel in .45-70 caliber and plain trigger when received in the warehouse on November 4, 1893 and shipped on November 10. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address legend ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The upper tang is marked "-MODEL 1886-", and the lower tang has the serial number and patent dates. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and an "1886" marked folding ladder rear sight. The barrel, magazine tube, and bolt are blued, the loading gate is niter blue and the remaining surfaces are casehardened. The straight grip stock is fitted with a solid crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel and magazine retain 70% original blue finish with thinning to a brown on the balance. The bolt retains 80% original blue finish. 40% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. Patterns of original case colors remain on the buttplate and forend cap. The remaining surfaces retain 80% original case colors. The wood is also fine with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.

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