Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 23: Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Extra Long Barrel

Auction Date: September 10, 2021

Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $4,750

Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-60
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1583
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 28
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1883. The accompanying factory letter confirms the round barrel in .45-60 caliber but does not mention the extra length, and plain trigger. the rifle was received in the warehouse on August 25, 1885 and shipped on August 28. The rifle is chambered for the .45-60 W.C.F. cartridge and has a 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% original blue and has some muzzle wear and dings 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 60% 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. There is a hairline crack that runs the full length of the bottom of the forearm. The revarnished stock and forearm appear to have been sanded long ago and remain good overall. 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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