Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3028: Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Saddle Ring Carbine with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1866
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 Henry RF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue/bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 28
Class: Antique

The Winchester Model 1866 "Yellowboy" or "Improved Henry" was the first true Winchester and was highly successful and established Winchester as the world leader in repeating rifles in the late 19th century. Carbines like this made excellent saddle guns out West and were popular with both pioneers and Native Americans. The rimfire and "gunmetal" framed '66 remained popular even after the release of the Model 1873 in .44 W.C.F. The factory letter from 1975 lists this '66 as a carbine shipped on December 8, 1881. It has a blade front sight on a block behind the front barrel band, reversed style notch and ladder rear sight, the two-line patent marking ahead of the rear sight, a saddle ring on the left, smooth carbine stock and forearm, and slightly modified steel buttplate (compartment empty).

Rating Definition:

Fair with mottled brown patina on the iron, some light oxidation, attractive aged patina on the frame, a few replacement screws (current thumbscrew/lever catch doesn't trap the lever), and moderate overall wear. The wood is also fair and has moderate dents and scratches, some cracks and chips mainly in the buttstock at the edges, and an added coat of gloss varnish finish. Mechanically functions fine. This classic Winchester '66 carbine looks like it saw some real use out in the West.

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