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*SCARCE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 LIGHTWEIGHT TAKEDOWN LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 132321. Cal. 45-70. Fine late deluxe rifle with 22″ tapered lightweight rnd bbl. Full magazine, takedown, pedestal mounted, ivory bead Lyman jack front sight, no rear seat on the bbl and receiver has a Lyman 21 combination sight. Mounted with extra finish American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and straight stock with a white line waffle recoil pad. Left side of lower tang, under the wood is marked “XX” and with the assembly number “486”, matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock. This rifle is obviously special ordered with the unusual configuration of extra light bbl, no rear seat & full magazine. It was produced in 1904 at a time when Winchester was discouraging special orders, especially in other than standard configurations. Apparently they did not believe that the lightweight rifles were sufficiently accurate with the heavier cartridges and therefore had notified their dealers to discourage such orders. PROVENANCE: Woody Frey Collection. CONDITION: Very fine. Bbl, magazine tube & forend cap retain most of their strong orig factory blue with a couple of very minor nicks & some light wear on magazine tube from takedown. Takedown ring retains most of its orig finish, slightly thinned. Receiver retains 96-97% glossy orig blue with light edge wear and a few minor nicks. Lever & hammer retain strong case colors, fading to silver on the outer faces. Wood is sound and retains about all of restored finish with freshened checkering. Unfortunately stock is cut to 12-1/2″ with the 1″ pad returns it to 13-1/2″. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. May have been fired, but if so very little. 4-48445 JR178 (7,500-12,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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