This fine Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle was manufactured in 1894. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail beaded blade front sight, a three leaf rear sight and a folding tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line New Haven address ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking as well as the serial number. The frame has the desirable casehardened finish. The forend cap, hammer and lever are also casehardened. The special order part octagon barrel, full length magazine tube and shotgun buttplate are blued. The loading gate is niter blue. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are deluxe walnut. The buttstock has an ebony grip insert and an iron shotgun buttplate. The left side of the lower tang is marked "371 XXS." The assembly number "371" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate.
Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 80% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The bolt retains 85% original blue finish. The buttplate retains strong traces of original blue finish. The loading gate retains strong traces of original niter blue. The frame retains 30% original case colors. The remaining surfaces retain mostly silvered out original case colors. The wood is fine with a number of minor dings and scratches and some blemishes visible in the overall crisp checkering. A desirable casehardened frame Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action .45-70 Rifle.
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