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1243
$24,150.00

FINE WINCHESTER MODEL 1866 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 121405. Cal. 44 RF Henry. Standard rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and 900 yard musket ladder rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, slab sawed American walnut that has brass buttplate with trap containing an orig 4-pc brass & iron wiping rod. Bottom of the stock and forend cap have factory sling swivels. The inspection mark “LS” is stamped behind the serial number. A small “&” is stamped between the tang screw and the loading lever latch. The initials “WM” have been set into the top tang long ago, perhaps by the original owner. Special order features of any type on a ’66 rifle are rare, such as the musket rear sight on this rifle. Any cartridge repeating firearm of this era (1874) was in great demand for the Great Westward Expansion. These arms generally saw continuous hard service under adverse circumstances, usually with little or no maintenance. After their rimfire cartridges had become completely obsolete in the U.S. large numbers of these rifles then were sold on the Mexican & South American markets where they continued in hard service with virtually no maintenance. That is why finding one with any orig finish is a bonus and seldom encountered. CONDITION: Fine to very fine. Bbl & magazine tube retain 88-90% orig blue with magazine tube turning plum on outer radius; bbl shows light edge wear with a few scratches and has a slight plummy tone; receiver shows light to moderate edge wear with flush, tight sideplates with only a few light nicks & scratches, having been polished a long time ago and now retains a medium to dark mustard patina; loading gate retains most of its orig fire blue; hammer retains faint case colors with lever showing dark case colors on left side and in sheltered areas, faded elsewhere. Wood is sound with a bruise on the forearm and several small nicks, another bruise on buttstock with a small hole near the left heel with nicks, scratches & dings and overall retains a refinish. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. 4-46750 JR285 (10,000-20,000)


Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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