This Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in desirable .45-70 caliber was manufactured in 1890. The rifle is fitted with a dovetail blade front sight and elevation adjustable rear sight. The top of the barrel has the two-line Winchester address ahead of the rear sight and "45-70" at the breech. The upper tang is marked "-MODEL 1886-." The lower tang has the two-line patent dates marking and the serial number. The frame has the desirable casehardened finish. The forend cap, hammer, lever and buttplate are also casehardened. The barrel, full length magazine tube and bolt are blued. The loading gate is niter blue. The forearm and straight grip stock are plain walnut. The buttstock is fitted with a crescent buttplate.
Fine. The barrel and magazine tube retain 30% original blue finish with smooth brown patina on the balance. 90% original blue remains on the bolt. 70% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. The frame retains 60% vivid original case colors. 40% of the original case colors remain on the hammer and lever. The refinished buttplate retains 85% vivid case colors. The refinished wood is fine with a slight chip at the upper tang, minimal handling marks, and some texturing of the finish on the right side of the forearm. Mechanically excellent.
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