c1892 Antique WINCHESTER Model 1886 Lever Action .38-56 WCF REPEATING Rifle
Iconic Repeating Rifle Manufactured in 1892
Here we present an antique Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle, made in 1892 in New Haven, Connecticut. The 1886 was a collaboration between John Moses Browning and his brother, Matthew Sandifer Browning, to build a big game rifle to replace the Model 1876. This was Browning’s first repeating rifle design adopted by Winchester. The 1886 rifle, often called “the best rifle in the world”, even made Theodore Roosevelt, later President of the United States, very fond of the large caliber Model 1886 repeating rifle during his western adventures on the plains.
From 1886 through 1935, almost 160,000 carbines and rifles were produced with calibers that ranged from the smaller 33WCF to the largest, 50-100, with the most popular caliber being the .45-70 and the 45-90. This rifle was a great improvement over the Model 1876. Its shorter, streamlined frame proved very popular and was well received by sportsmen, shooters, and law enforcement groups alike. The Model 1886 continued the trend towards chambering heavier rounds, and had an all-new and considerably stronger locking-block action than the toggle-link Model 1876.
This rifle features a 26-inch octagon barrel chambered for .38-56 WCF. The top of the barrel is marked “MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CONN. U.S.A.” The breech is marked “.38-56 W.C.F.”
The overall condition is good+. Original finish/patina. The action is excellent. The bore is shootable—some frosting and light pitting throughout, still reflective. The walnut stock is in good shape and solid, evidently weathered.
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Barrel is 26 inches.
Caliber: .38-56 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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