Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3031: C. Reed Retailer Marked Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

C. Reed Retailer Marked Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40-60 WCF
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 30
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1883 as a third model with an integral dust cover rail and dust cover featuring finger grip serrations at the rear. The Model 1876 became a very popular option on the frontier for those that weren't happy with the stopping power of the Model 1873 in .44-40. The rifle is fitted with a beaded blade front sight and an folding ladder rear sight, and tang mounted peep sight. The upper left of the barrel just behind the rear sight is stamped "C. REED", which was likely a western retailer. The top of the barrel is stamped with the two-line address/King's patent marking ahead of the rear sight, "40-60 W.C.F." at the breech, and "40-60" is marked on the cartridge elevator. The upper tang is marked "MODEL 1876." The serial number is on the lower tang. The straight grip stock is fitted with a trapdoor crescent buttplate containing a four-piece cleaning rod.

Rating Definition:

Good, showing mostly a mottled brown-grey patina with some scattered small patches of light pitting, typical of a rifle entrusted for survival on the western frontier. The wood is very good showing the scattered minor dings and scratches of years of service. Mechanically excellent.

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