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Revised: 10/2/2013 

Stock and buttplate are old replacements. Stock is not numbered and buttplate has mismatched number.

SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION MUSKET. SN 41505. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard musket with 27″ rd bbl, full magazine & square base front sight with 900 yd Henry style ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered straight grain American walnut with 3/4″ length forearm and straight stock with brass carbine/musket buttplate with trap. Rifle has 3 bands and has a saber bayonet lug on the upper band & sling wire on the middle band. Bottom of the stock has a corresponding factory sling swivel. Saber bayonet lugs on Model 1866 Muskets are somewhat rare with the bayonets for them even more rare. Winchester had hoped to get large military contracts for this musket & although the government did buy a few the large contracts never materialized. Muskets remained in production right through the end of this model with most being sold for Guard & Security forces. Turkey did buy a few of them to arm their military but never followed through with a large contract. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl, magazine tube & appended steel fittings retain a smooth, even brown patina. Middle and lower bbl bands have had their screws replaced with pins. Receiver & buttplate show moderate wear with light nicks & scratches and retain a wonderful dark mustard patina. Top of the receiver ring has a small casting flaw. Wood is sound showing heavy use with nicks, scratches & bruises. Buttstock retains most of an old restored finish. Forearm has a long scratch down the right side & retains a dark hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine. Strong bore with good shine and light pitting. 4-47638 JR146 (3,500-5,500)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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