The factory letter lists this rifle with an octagon barrel and plain trigger and indicates it was received in the warehouse on October 10, 1881, and shipped on October 15, 1881, in order number 28466. The rifle is a second model with a dust cover rail secured with two screws and serrated edges on the dust cover. The bolt is an earlier style with a bushing visible on the bolt face. Sights include a dovetail blade front sight along with a period added seven leaf rear sight soldered on top of the barrel, with the original factory dovetail visible beneath. These rare additional rear sights were typically used for big game hunting by British sportsmen, with the six leaf sights (graduated from 100 to 600 yards) offering rapid adjustment in the bush while the ladder holds more precise adjustments from 700 to 1,000 yards. The 28 inch extra length octagon barrel is marked with the two-line address/patent dates marking ahead of the rear sight. There are no visible caliber markings. "MODEL 1876" is marked on the upper tang, and the serial number is marked on the lower tang. The trapdoor buttplate (cleaning rod not included) is fitted to a nicely figured straight grip stock.
Very good and well above average condition for a Winchester that has spent a lifetime in the bush, with strong traces of original blue finish visible in recessed areas most noticeably on the receiver and around trigger. Traces of original niter blue on the loading gate. The wood is also very good and shows similar working gun character, with nice figure and a deep lustrous oil finish. Mechanically fine.
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