Winchester 1886 Extra Light Grade I .45-70 Gov’t Lever Action Rifle, 2000

Sold For: $1,228.61

LSB#: 201017GW54

Make: Winchester

Model: 1886 Extra Light Grade I

Serial Number: 00ESLR2402

Year of Manufacture: 2000 (00 date code)

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Tubular Magazine Fed Lever Action Rifle

Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “U.S. REPEATING ARMS CO. INC., NEW HAVEN, CT U.S.A. / JAPAN/MIROKU” and “CAL. .45-70 GOVT.”, the right is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 EXTRA LIGHT RIFLE. WINCHESTER LICENSEE”. The top of the the barrel and receiver have ovalled “WP” proofs and the bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The top tang is marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1886”.

Barrel Length: 22?, Tapered Round

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch semi-buckhorn leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The left of the receiver is drilled, tapped and filled for a receiver sight (none included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and checkered steel shotgun-style buttplate. The stocks have a few scattered minor nicks and light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has no notable wear with well defined checkering. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are only a few scattered minor marks and faint operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The rebounding hammer returns to a half-cock safety and there is a tang-mounted safety. The lever lock-up is tight and the trigger is crisp. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in a red cardboard Winchester box with serial matching label, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and a cable lock. The box has scattered light storage wear with a couple of small tears and punctures, in about Good-Very Good condition. The styrofoam tray has wear from the rifle, most notable at the muzzle.

Our Assessment: This is a Winchester model 1886 Extra Light Rifle made in 2000, a modernized version of the original and part of a limited production run of 3,500 such models. The 1886 followed up the 1876, providing a much stronger action which was able to withstand larger and more powerful cartridges such as the .45-70, the issue rifle cartridge of the U.S. Army at the time. The design would later be shrunk for the model 1892. This modern reintroduction has the same action with a tang-mounted safety. This one doesn’t appear to have seen much use, if any, in Excellent condition. It retains 98% of its metal finish with a great bore, strong mechanics, and would make a great addition to any collection. With its 22? tapered round barrel and .45-70 chambering, this would make a nice hunting rifle that could take just about any game in North America, and it’s not really that heavy at just about 7 1/2 pounds. In such high condition, it will likely see interest from Winchester collectors as well. If you’re looking for a .45-70 lever gun, you can’t do much better than this. Please see our photos and good luck!

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.

Winchester 1886 Extra Light Grade I .45-70 Gov't Lever Action Rifle, 2000
Winchester 1886 Extra Light Grade I .45-70 Gov’t Lever Action Rifle, 2000