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WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 27693. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, altered German silver Rocky Mountain front sight and 900 yard Henry ladder rear sight with slide retainer screw. Top flat of bbl has a clear Winchester’s and King’s Patent 2-line address. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock & crescent brass buttplate with trap. Last four digits of matching SN are in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Bottom of stock & forend cap have factory sling swivels. These early ’66 rifles are rarely found in unaltered orig configuration with any orig finish because they came into service immediately after the Civil War during the height of the Great Westward Expansion and usually saw continuous hard service under adverse conditions with very little or no maintenance. Then once these rimfire rifles were supplanted by centerfire rifles, well into the 1870s, a high percentage continued in service in Mexico and South America where conditions & maintenance were even worse. CONDITION: Very good to fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain a smooth, even, plummy brown patina; receiver shows moderate edge wear with a few light nicks & scratches and, along with the forend cap & buttplate, retains a smooth, medium mustard patina; hammer shows strong case colors on right side, a little more faded on left side and the lever is a mottled silver/brown patina. Stock has a short hairline back of top tang, otherwise wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and shows a medium hand worn patina. Mechanics are fine, strong dark bore with moderate pitting. 4-41517 JR283 (9,000-12,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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