This high condition Winchester Model 1876 rifle is a third model with the integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrations at the rear as well as having a special order set trigger. The Model 1876 was popular among those in the west that believed .44-40 wasn't quite enough stopping power for whatever they might encounter. The accompanying factory letter (copy) confirms the octagon barrel in .45-60 caliber and set trigger. The letter also states the rifle was received in the warehouse on August 17, 1886 and shipped on August 21, 1886 with one other arm. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and a folding ladder rear sight graduated to 1,000 yards and marked "1876." The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Winchester address/King's patent marking ahead of the rear sight and "CAL 45-60" at the breech. The upper tang has the model marking: "MODEL 1876." The lower tang has the serial number. The cartridge elevator is marked "45-60." The buttstock is fitted with a trapdoor buttplate, and the butt compartment contains a four piece cleaning rod.
Very fine, retaining 70% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The buttplate is mostly a smooth gray patina mixed with original blue and some pitting. 40% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. 30% original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The wood is also very fine with minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.
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