The Model 1886 is one of the finest Winchester models and was the first repeater based on designs by John M. Browning. It was developed as a replacement for the weaker toggle link action Model 1876, but their production was fairly limited at around 160,000 between 1886 and 1935. This fine special order example is chambered in the desirable .45-90 WCF caliber. The accompanying factory letter lists this rifle with a round barrel in .45-90 caliber, Winchester express sights, half magazine, and shotgun butt as well as the rifle received in warehouse on October 8, 1892 and shipped on October 19. The rifle has several desirable features including the casehardened receiver, special order half magazine and shotgun butt, and sights. The rifle is fitted with a beaded blade front sight and a three leaf Winchester express rear sight (one fixed, two folding) with silver sight lines on a barrel with the two-line legend ahead of the rear sight and "45-90 WCF" at the breech. British proofs are stamped on the barrel, receiver and bolt. The lower tang has the two-line patent date marking and the serial number. "-MODEL 1886-" is stamped on the upper tang.
Fine. The barrel retains 98% plus of the professionally refinished rust blue finish. 60% vivid original case colors remain on the receiver. 75% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. The forend cap is loose as the barrel dovetail mount is absent. The wood is very fine with some light scratches and small dings. Mechanically excellent.
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