This Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle in desirable .45-70 caliber was manufactured in 1891. The rifle is fitted with a German silver blade front sight and a folding ladder rear sight marked "1886" and graduated to 1,000 yards. 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.
Very fine. The barrel and magazine retain 75% original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance. The bolt retains 97% plus original blue finish. 30% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. The frame retains 70% plus vivid original case colors. The hammer, lever, and forend cap retain 75% original case colors. The buttplate retains patterns of original case colors. The wood is also very fine with a small hole on the stock underside from a removed sling swivel and minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.
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