85. Winchester Model 1886 Deluxe Lever Action Rifle

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serial #92156, 50 Express, 26" part round part octagon barrel with full magazine and a bright excellent bore. This rifle features the unusual combination of a part octagon barrel and full magazine along with fancy checkered pistolgrip stock with checkered hard rubber shotgun buttplate. The lower left tang bears assembly codes "3338 XXX" with the top inlet of stock showing the matching "3338". The barrel and action are properly unproofed with caliber marking reading "50 EX". The barrel and magazine retain about 90% evenly thinning original blue finish which is blending with a pleasing smooth brown patina in areas of thinning. The action retains about 50% mottled original color case-hardened finish blending with a smooth brown patina in areas of loss and showing more defined color toward the rear of the action. The action remains smooth and free of pitting with honest carry wear from many years ago. The checkered buttstock and forend are of highly figured American black walnut with early style rounded pistolgrip with ebony insert. The stocks rate very good plus to excellent with 95% original finish remaining on buttstock and perhaps 70% on the forend which shows the same light carry wear as the action. The checkering remains strong and clean. The rifle is sighted with a beaded blade front sight, two-leaf express rear along with a Lyman folding tang mounted peepsight. Additionally the rifle is fitted with a factory set trigger. The included factory letter lists the rifle as: Rifle, 50/110, 1/2 octagon, plain trigger, checkered stock, pistolgrip, received and shipped September 27, 1894 and returned and repaired n November 5, 1895 and March 27, 1911. The set trigger was clearly added on one of these returns. This is a very honest example of the highly desirable 50 Express in a wonderful factory deluxe configuration. (18087-56) {ANTIQUE} [Kenneth Fry Collection] (12,000/18,000) SOLD FOR $14,950.00

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