Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 8: Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Winchester
Model: 1876
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-75
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 12
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1879 as a special order deluxe second model featuring a casehardened receiver with a dust cover guide rail attached with two screws, a dust cover with thumb print checkering, and a set trigger. The rifle is fitted with a German silver blade front sight, a folding ladder rear sight marked "1876" on the leaf, and a tang folding peep sight with the left side graduate from 0 to 75. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester address/King's patent date marking ahead of the rear sight. There are no caliber markings. The serial number appears in script between the lever catch and the lower tang screw. The left side of the lower tang is marked "XXX 282." The assembly number "282" is repeated on the stock inlet and buttplate. The nicely figured forearm and pistol grips stock feature H-style checkering. The buttstock has an ebony grip insert and a trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included). With an incorrect Ideal 44-40 caliber reloading tool. The larger caliber Winchester Model 1876 was popular among those in the west that believed .44-40 wasn't quite enough stopping power for whatever they might encounter.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The barrel and magazine retain 50% original blue finish with extensive areas of deep dark pitting, mixed brown patina on the balance. The receiver retains 60% original case colors with scattered patches of dark brown pitting. The forend cap, hammer, lever and buttplate retain 50% original case colors. 40% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. There are a some areas of pitting. The buttstock has been repaired in the grip area and has an overcoat of varnish, showing a few handling marks and overall crisp checkering. The forearm is very fine with some minor handling marks and overall crisp checkering. The set trigger does not function, otherwise the action cycles properly.

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