Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 22: Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Excellent Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $14,000 - $22,500

Excellent Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-82
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1705
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 19
Class: Antique

The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel in .40-82 caliber, plain trigger, plain pistol grip stock and half magazine when received in the warehouse on April 16, 1889 and shipped on April 18. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail Lyman beaded blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight and a Lyman folding tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and the caliber designation "40-82 W.C.F." at the breech. The lower tang is marked with the serial number and two-line patent dates marking. The button magazine and standard straight grain walnut pistol grip stock are special order features. According to Winchester author George Madis, these special order features make for "a scarce and unusual combination" (see "The Winchester Book" on page 314). The forend cap, receiver, hammer, lever and solid crescent buttplate are casehardened, the loading gate is niter blue, and the barrel and bolt are blued. The buttstock features an ebony insert on the grip. The left side of the lower tang is stamped "965 CF." The "CF" is likely for "custom fit." The assembly number "965" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The barrel retains 90% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 97% original blue remains on the bolt. 85% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 85% plus vivid original case colors remain on the receiver, 75% original case colors remain on the forend cap, hammer and lever, and traces of original case colors remain on the buttplate. The wood is exceptionally fine with minor dings and scratches and retaining most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive special order Model 1886 rifle worthy of any Winchester lever action collection.

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