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SPECIAL ORDER “BIG 50” WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 60137. Cal. 50 Ex. (50-110). Special order standard grade rifle with 26″ oct bbl, button magazine, Lyman silver bead front sight and 3-leaf express rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. This rifle, according to records, was produced in 1891, a few years before the official introduction of the 50-110 cartridge in 1899 for the Model 1886, making it one of the earlier Model 1886s chambered for this huge cartridge. It is further distinctive being a 50-110 with color case hardened receiver and crescent buttplate. The heavy recoil of this cartridge made shooting a rifle with crescent buttplate very uncomfortable. That is why most 50 caliber Winchester 1886s are found with shotgun buttplates. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in cal. 51-110, with oct bbl, plain trigger and half magazine. Received in warehouse on March 12, 1894 and shipped three days later to order number 10284. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl retains 96-98% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear and a couple of minor nicks; receiver retains 70-75% strong case colors, mostly on sides, moderately faded over top and turned silver on bottom; hammer retains very strong case colors with strong case colors on sides of lever, faded on outer faces; forend cap retains smoky case colors; buttplate retains about 90% very bright case colors. Wood is sound with a few minor nicks and retains about all of a restored finish. Mechanics are crisp, very bright shiny bore. 4-44491 JR51 (15,000-20,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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