The Winchester "Centennial" Model 1876 is one of the rarest classic Winchesters. Only 63,871 were made c. 1876-1898. The model was fairly quickly supplanted by the Model 1886, but the Model 1876 has that classic early Winchester appeal with its side plates, dust cover, toggle link action, and combination of blued and casehardened metal and oil finished American walnut wood. The included factory letter confirms this rifle in .40-60 caliber with an octagon barrel, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, and casehardened finish. It also lists the rifle as being received in the warehouse on September 4, 1886, and then shipped on September 11, 1886, in order 10113. The rifle features a Beach combination blade and globe front sight, notch and folding ladder rear sight, the standard two-line address and patent marking ahead of the rear sight, "CAL. 40-60" on top at the breech, a long range tang peep sight, plain trigger, deluxe checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with contrasting grip inlay, and crescent rifle buttplate with assembly number "2640". The stock compartment is empty. The forend cap, frame, hammer, lever, and buttplate are casehardened. The barrel, magazine tube, and dust cover are blued. The loading gate is niter blued.
Exceptionally fine with 90% original blue finish, 85% plus original case colors, minor wear, small patches of minor oxidation, and light handling and storage marks. 75% of the original niter blue remains on the loading gate. The wood is very fine and has crisp checkering, attractive figure, scattered small dings and scratches, and most of the original varnish. Mechanically excellent. This is a very attractive Winchester Model 1876 "Centennial Rifle" with a nice variety of special order features, attractive case colors, and deluxe wood.
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