Lot 2024: Fine Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Desirable Casehardened Receiver and Factory Letter
6th May 2017
This fine Winchester Model 1886 lever action rifle was manufactured in 1889. The rifle has a 26 inch full octagon barrel and full length magazine. The barrel has a standard sporting style front sight with nickel silver blade and sporting style buckhorn rear sight with screw adjustable insert and serrated edges. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with varnish finish. The stock has a crescent steel buttplate. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "- MANUFACTURED BY THE-/- WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A. -" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber; "38-56 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top of the barrel between the rear sight and the receiver. The upper receiver tang is roll-stamped: "-MODEL 1886-". The 1884 and 1885 serial numbers are roll-stamped behind the trigger and the serial number "29464" is stamped in script numerals ahead of the rear tang screw. The barrel, magazine and bolt have the Winchester commercial blue finish and the loading gate is niter blue. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, trigger, lever and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The included factory letter confirms the caliber, octagon barrel and plain trigger. It was received in warehouse on May 21, 1889, and shipped on May 24, 1889.
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