Model 1886

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Winchester 1886 Antique First Model Deluxe Rifle .45-90 s/n 5524 mfg 1887
Private Collection

Winchester 1886 Antique First Model Deluxe Rifle .45-90 s/n 5524 mfg 1887 - 26” round matted barrel; half mag; case hardened receiver with “xxxx” marked on lower tang; engraved hammer, lever and forend cap ($2 of engraving); sporting front and rear sights; deluxe 4-x presentation grade pistol grip checkered walnut stocks with ebony inlay; rubber shotgun buttplate. Factory ledger indicates caliber as .40-82 by ditto marks from above item--an obvious error in the records.

Winchester 1886 Antique Rifle .45-90 WCF s/n 44219 mfg 1890
Private Collection

Winchester 1886 Antique Rifle .45-90 WCF s/n 44219 mfg 1890 - 26” octagon barrel; full mag; color case hardened receiver; straight grain walnut stocks with crescent buttplate. Overall condition is nearly new in all respects; neatly stamped in the bottom of the stock, just behind the lower tang, are the initials “WTJ”. Includes two letters by the noted Winchester historian and authority, George Madis, authenticating the originality and fine condition of this rifle with the first letter dated 1992, and the second refers to a visit to Clyde “Snooky” Williamson’s farm in Mississippi in 1992 where George shot this gun along with a dozen other guns (Clyde Williamson is the author of the book Winchester Lever Legacy). Also included is a factory letter from the Cody Firearms Museum dated 1991, signed by the Senior Curator at that time, Paul Fees, verifying all features of this rifle.

Winchester 1886 Semi-Deluxe Short Rifle .40-82 caliber s/n 53238 mfg 1891
Private Collection

Winchester 1886 Semi-Deluxe Short Rifle .40-82 caliber s/n 53238 mfg 1891 - Special-order 21" octagon barrel; full mag; early-style uncapped, uncheckered pistol grip quarter-sawn walnut stock with ebony inlay and smooth steel shotgun butt. Barrel, mag and buttplate retain 99% of their original bright blue finish; receiver retains 99% brilliant case-colors; stocks retain all of their original varnish finish, bore appears unfired. Although Porter's research indicates four other 21" 1886s were produced, a rare combination of features makes this gun a one-of-a-kind.

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Winchester 1886 Takedown Short Rifle .50-100-450 s/n 127365 mfg 1902 - 22" round nickel steel takedown barrel; full magazine, Lyman ivory bead hunting front and semi-buckhorn rear sights; varnish finished straight grain walnut stocks with smooth steel shotgun buttplate. Upper inletting of buttstock has assembly number "118" with matching number in white pencil on rear face of buttstock under the buttplate and inside toe of buttplate. Winchester factory records identifies this rifle in caliber 50-100-450 with 22" round nickel steel barrel; plain trigger; takedown with flat top sporting rear & Lyman hunting front sights and shotgun butt; received in warehouse March 5, 1903 and shipped next day to Order #177374.

Condition: Extremely fine. Barrel & magazine tube retain about 98-99% strong original blue with only faint muzzle edge wear; receiver retains about 98% strong original blue with a couple of small scratches and a minor area of flaking on the top rear edge; takedown ring retains most of its original blue, turned dull on bottom; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their original case colors, strong & bright on hammer and sides of lever, also in sheltered places on the lever with the loop moderately faded; buttplate retains about 95% strong original blue showing wear at heel & toe; wood is sound with a small gouge on the forearm and a few light nicks & scratches elsewhere and overall retains about all of its strong original finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore; possibly unfired. Bolt face & loading gate retain virtually all of their original factory finish.

The .50-100-450 cartridge was produced for only a short period of time (1894-1913) before being supplanted by the .50-110 cartridge. As such, very few rifles were marked as being chambered for this cartridge (331, and only 11 of these with 22 barrels) and very few of those are known today (about 20).

Winchester 1886 Deluxe SRC .45-90 cal. s/n 128712 mfg 1904
Private Collection

Winchester 1886 Deluxe SRC .45-90 cal. s/n 128712 mfg 1904 - 22” round barrel; fancy straight grip checkered walnut oil finish stocks; checkered trigger; Lyman 21 receiver sight; Lyman front sight; no sling ring; rod in butt; Winchester High Velocity (W.H.V). Receiver and barrel retain about 40% original blue; mag 75% blue; stocks retain a high degree or original oil finish with handling marks, mars and dings; bore is bright.


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