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RARE SPECIAL ORDER DELUXE WINCHESTER 3RD MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 45720. Cal. 45-60. Beautiful & rare ’76 with 30″ full matted oct bbl, full magazine, blued Rocky Mountain front sight, “1876” marked ladder rear sight and a Lyman tang sight. The caliber marking is on the right top flat of the bbl over chamber area instead of the left top flat as is usually found. Receiver & forend cap are color case hardened and it has a sgl-set trigger. Mounted with about 2-3X beautiful burl & shell grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock with fleur-de-lis inlay and smooth blued steel buttplate. Left side of lower tang is marked with assembly number “2297” and “XXX”. Matching assembly number is found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle in caliber 45-60 with 30″ matted oct bbl, set trigger, checkered stock with pistol grip and shotgun butt, case hardened, received in warehouse July 24, 1885 and shipped same day to Order #21776. Only a few more than 63,000 Models 1876 were produced in the period 1876-98 and of those very few had extra length bbls and deluxe rifles with this feature are exceedingly rare. PROVENANCE: Wes Adams Estate Collection. CONDITION: Extremely fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain about 99% crisp orig factory blue with only the hint of sharp edge wear; receiver retains virtually all of its orig color case hardening, moderately to heavily faded on right side, stronger on left side as well as the top & bottom; hammer retains brilliant case colors and the lever brilliant case colors in sheltered areas, fading on outer faces; buttplate retains about 95% glossy orig blue. Wood is sound with a few, scattered light nicks & scratches and retains virtually all of its brilliant piano varnish finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired, bolt face retains virtually all of its orig factory blue and the loading gate about all of its bright fire blue. 4-44545 JR62 (50,000-90,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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