Lot 3015: Documented Special Order Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action Fancy Sporting Rifle with Factory Letter
7th May 2017
Winchester Model 1886 Fancy Sporting Rifle with special order features that include the rarely encountered combination of a 24 inch full octagon barrel and half-magazine. The rifle is accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which describes it as: "Type: Rifle, Caliber: 40/65, Barrel Type: Octagon, Trigger: Plain, Checkered stock, Pistol grip", and "1/2 Magazine". The letter states that this rifle was shipped from Winchester on September 25, 1893. The rifle has a blue barrel, bolt and loading gate. The forearm cap, receiver, hammer, trigger, lever and crescent buttplate are color casehardened. The forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured fancy grade American walnut with Winchester "Style H" checkering and semi-gloss piano finish. The pistol grip bottom has an ebony inlay. The barrel has a Lyman wind gauge target front sight and a buckhorn sporting style rear sight. The left side of the receiver is drilled and tapped for a Lyman receiver sight; the sight is not fitted, and the holes have been fitted with filler screws. The upper receiver tang is drilled and tapped. The top barrel flat is roll-stamped "-MANUFACTURED BY THE-/-WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS Co. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A.-" ahead of the rear sight. The caliber designation "40-65 W.C.F." is roll-stamped on the top barrel flat just in front of the receiver. The upper tang is roll-stamped "- MODEL 1886-". The 1884 and 1885 patent dates are stamped on the lower tang behind the trigger, and the serial number "83857" is stamped in script numerals between the lower tang screws.
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