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EARLY WINCHESTER THIRD MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 33924. Cal. 45-75. Standard grade rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight & 1876 marked ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent buttplate with trap. This rifle was produced in 1883 during the Great Westward Expansion of Manifest Destiny when repeating firearms were in tremendous demand. The 1876 was the first repeating, powerful big bore rifle sufficient for all North American big game such as moose, elk, buffalo & grizzly bear & saw service throughout the American west, Northwest Territories, Alaska & the deep woods throughout North America. They usually saw very hard service usually under extreme adverse conditions and are rarely found with high orig finish. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl retains 96-97% strong orig blue with light sharp edge wear. Magazine tube & forend cap retain strong blue in sheltered areas, turning a little plum over the outer surfaces. Receiver & side plates retain 95-96% glossy orig blue with light sharp edge wear & a couple very minor scratches. Dust cover retains about 75% orig blue with the balance flaked to a light patina. Hammer retains about all of it’s orig case colors, lightly to moderately faded. Lever retains strong case colors on sides and sheltered areas, faded to silver on outer faces. Buttplate retains 65-75% orig blue worn to gray metal on heel & toe. Wood is sound with a few very light nicks & scratches. Buttstock retains most of it’s bright orig finish and the forearm is a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp. Bright, shiny bore. 4-48429 JR174 (6,000-9,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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