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Lot 3018: Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle with Very Scarce Extra Heavy Half Octagon Barrel and Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Documented Special Order Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle with Very Scarce Extra Heavy Half Octagon Barrel and Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1886
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-70
Barrel: 26 inch part octagon heavy
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: plain walnut pistol grip
Item Views: 660
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 15
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured in 1893. The accompanying factory letter lists this special order Model 1886 rifle with a half octagon, extra heavy barrel in .45-70 caliber, set trigger, plain pistol grip stock with 14 1/2 inch length of pull, Lyman sights and half magazine. The half magazine, half octagon/half round extra heavy barrel, set trigger and pistol grip stock are special order features. Per Winchester expert George Madis, "Single set triggers were offered until 1895 when double set triggers supplanted the older style" ("The Winchester Book," page 317). The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight, elevation adjustable buckhorn rear sight and tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line address ahead of the rear sight and "45-70." The lower tang has the patent date and serial number. The pistol grip stock is fitted with a crescent buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "1 CF." The assembly number "1" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrel retains 70% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 80% original blue finish remains on the bolt. Traces of original niter blue remain on the loading gate. 30% original case colors remain on the hammer, lever and frame. The cracked buttstock is good with pistol grip insert and sling swivel absent. The forearm is good with a few filled repairs and minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.



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