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SCARCE DELUXE WINCHESTER MODEL 1876 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 37802. Cal. 45-75. Fine deluxe rifle with 28″ oct bbl, full magazine, Freund silver top front sight and “1876” marked ladder Freund “More Light” rear sight with sliding aperture that has checkered edges and a sleeved standing aperture with small peep hole and a very fine notch. Receiver is third type with machined dust cover rail and plain dust cover. Mounted with very highly figured, about 3X, flame grain American walnut with H-style checkered forearm and black insert, serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate with trap containing a 5-pc brass & steel cleaning rod. Left side of lower tang is marked “XXX” and with the assembly number “1733” which number is also found in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Accompanied by a Cody Firearms Museum letter which identifies this rifle with oct bbl, plain trigger, case hardened & checkered stock with pistol grip, received in warehouse Oct. 4, 1883 and shipped next day with one other Model 1876 to Order #7474. Also accompanied by a copy of the Winchester shipping records for this rifle which also identifies SN 37803 as the rifle on the same order shipped the same day. Standard bbl length for the Model 1876 rifles was 28″. CONDITION: Fine to very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine tube retain strong orig blue in sheltered areas, thinning over top flats of bbl and turning a little plum on magazine tube; forend cap is a silver/gray patina; receiver, lever & hammer retain smoky case colors, mostly faded to silver; buttplate is a gray patina. Wood is sound with usual nicks & scratches, showing moderate to heavy diamond point wear and retains 75-80% orig varnish on buttstock; forearm is dark & worn on bottom with a hand worn patina towards the front. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bore. Very likely this was a western rifle with its Wyoming Armory Freund sights. It could have been used in the buffalo trade shooting the Northern herd. 4-47877 JR130 (10,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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