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LOT 3011
Exceptional Documented Antique Winchester Deluxe Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle with Factory Letter - Serial no. 89875, 40-82 WCF cal., 26 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. The powerful Winchester Model 1886 remains one of the most iconic lever action rifles. It was the first lever action rifle designed by John Moses Browning. Special order ‘86s remain especially popular, and examples in high condition like this one are highly sought after. It will make for a standout piece in
any lever action collection. This is a stunning deluxe rifle with a factory letter stating the rifle was received in the warehouse on July 18, 1894 and shipped the same day with an octagon barrel in .40-82 caliber, plain trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, and Lyman front sight. Deluxe Model 1886s are rare. As Winchester expert and author George Madis noted, “Deluxe Model 86s in the rifles made after 1900 are hard to find, partly due to the higher cost of deluxe features.”The rifle is fitted with a Lyman beaded blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, and a folding tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two- line Winchester legend ahead of the rear sight and “40-82 WCF” at the breech. The lower tang has the two-line patent dates
marking as well as the serial number. The checkered forearm and pistol grip stock are highly figured XX deluxe walnut. The left side of the lower tang is marked “428 XX.” The assembly number “428” is repeated on the stock inlet.
CONDITION: Excellent. The barrel and magazine tube retain 95% plus original blue finish with thinning to brown on the balance.
The bolt retains 95% plus original blue finish. 97% original nitre blue remains on the loading gate. The receiver retains 90% plus original case colors. The hammer and lever retain 80% original case colors. The forend cap and buttplate retain patterns of
original case colors. The wood is exceptionally fine with some minor handling marks, most of the original varnish remaining, and overall crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. A high condition deluxe Winchester Model 1886 rifle that will be a
welcomed addition to any Winchester or lever action collection. Estimate: 16,000 - 25,000

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