Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 27: Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 .50 Express Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: May 13, 2022

Highly Desirable Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 .50 Express Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $45,000 - $60,000

Highly Desirable Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 .50 Express Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50-95 Express
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: fancy checkered walnut pi
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 32
Class: Antique

The .50-95 Winchester Express was the largest caliber available for the Model 1876 and proved popular with big and dangerous game hunters. Many Model 1876 rifles chambered for this powerful cartridge were shipped to England and then found their way to Africa and India where they were often employed against big cats. The Model 1876 in .50 Express was only produced in limited numbers, especially when compared to the smaller calibers. Today Model 1876 .50 Express Rifles are a highly sought after Winchester collectible. High condition examples are proving difficult to find. This high condition example is made even rarer and more desirable by being in deluxe configuration. This rifle was manufactured in 1883. The barrel is fitted with dovetail blade and elevation adjustable rear sights and is stamped with the two-line New Haven/King's improvement patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and "50-CAL" at the breech. The third model receiver features an integral dust cover rail, dust cover with finger grip serrations at the rear, special order set trigger, and desirable casehardened finish. The dust cover is marked "WINCHESTER EXPRESS/.50 CAL 95 GRS." The cartridge elevator is marked "50-95." The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876." The lower tang has the serial number below the lever catch. The barrel, magazine and dust cover are blued. The loading gate has a nitre blue finish. The remaining metal surfaces are casehardened. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are deluxe "XX" walnut. The pistol grip has a horn insert. The stock is fitted with a crescent steel trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included). The left side of the lower tang is marked "XX 1615 R." The assembly number "1615" is repeated on the stock inlet which is also marked with the letter "S." "1615" is also on the buttplate. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel chambered in "express" caliber, set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, and casehardened receiver. The letter also states the rifle was received in the warehouse on May 3, 1883 and shipped the same day.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 75% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. 80% original blue finish remains on the dust cover. 70% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The receiver retains 80% of the vivid original case colors. 80% vivid original case colors remain on the hammer. 60% original case colors remain on the lever. The forend cap and buttplate retain patterns of original case colors, otherwise faded to an attractive gray. The wood is fine with a number of minor dings and scratches and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A highly attractive, highly desirable special order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 .50 Express Rifle.

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