Winchester 1886 ’86 Takedown 26″ Octagonal .45-70 Gov’t Lever Rifle, 1998

SOLD FOR: $1586

LSB#: 210202MS17

Make: Winchester

Model: 1886 Takedown

Serial Number: 02712NP343

Year of Manufacture: 1998 (NP date code)

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Tubular Magazine Fed Takedown Lever Action Rifle

Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “U.S. REPEATING ARMS CO., NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MADE IN JAPAN/MIROKU”, “-WINCHESTER- / LICENSEE” and at the rear with an ovalled “WP” proof. The top-rear of the barrel is marked “CAL. .45-70 GOVT”. The top of the chamber ring is marked with ovalled “WP”, the top tang is marked “WINCHESTER / MODEL 1886”. The bottom of the barrel extension is marked “2712”, the bottom front of the receiver is marked “02712 / NP343”.

Barrel Length: 26?, Octagonal

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a square-notch semi-buckhorn leaf and elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and blued steel crescent buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks and scratches with bruising on the right-front of the forend. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/2? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has minor wear at the heel and toe with infrequent tiny spots of minor oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good-Fine condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor nicks and scratches. The magazine tube has minor wear from the bracket caused by assembly/disassembly. There is some very minor oxidation on the bottom of the receiver and barrel extension. The action shows minor operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a rebounding hammer, 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 two-piece red cardboard Winchester box with serial-matching label, three snap-caps and a brown leather sling. The box has scattered storage wear with fraying at edges, in about Good condition. The sling has minor wear, in about Fine condition.

Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Model 1886 Takedown made in 1998. 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 appears to have seen a trip or two out in the field or on the range. It retains 96% of its metal finish with a nice bore, strong mechanics, and would make a great addition to any collection. With its 26? octagonal barrel, takedown capability, and .45-70 chambering, this would make a nice hunting rifle that could take just about any game in North America, though it’s a bit heavy for taking it on a long stalk. 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!

Winchester 1886 '86 Takedown 26" Octagonal .45-70 Gov't Lever Rifle, 1998
Winchester 1886 ’86 Takedown 26″ Octagonal .45-70 Gov’t Lever Rifle, 1998