Winchester 1886 Extra Light .45-70 Government Lever Action Rifle, 2000-2012

SOLD FOR: $1150

LSB#: 210610RL04

Make: Winchester, Mfg. in Japan by Miroku

Model: 1886 Extra Light

Serial Number: 00ESLR2070

Year of Manufacture: 2000-2012

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 “.45-70 GOVT”. The top of the barrel is marked “WP”, found again on the top of the chamber ring. The right of the barrel is marked “WINCHESTER MODEL 1886 EXTRA LIGHT RIFLE. WINCHESTER LICENSEE”. The top tang is marked “WINCHESTER Model 1886”, the bottom-front of the receiver is marked with the serial number, “00ESLR / 2070”.

Barrel Length: 22”, Tapered

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a base that is fixed to the barrel. The rear sight is a buckhorn elevator tang sight that is dovetailed to the rear of the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are 2-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip and carbine-style steel buttplate. There are minor handling marks and light traces of oil from the plastic wrap the rifle is stored in, but otherwise the stock is free of any notable wear or damage. 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 no evident wear. Overall, the stocks rate in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

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

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. There are light handling marks, the action and hammer have minor operational wear. Otherwise, this rifle is free of any additional notable wear or damage. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 includes a red serial matching Winchester box, a security lock, a safety brochure, and the manual. The box shows light rub wear, and there is a large piece missing on the top left side. The styrofoam insert is mostly intact save for some light tearing where the stock rests. Overall, the box rates in Good-to-Very Good condition.

Our Assessment: This is a Winchester model 1886 Extra Light, a reproduction and variant of the original Winchester designed by John Browning. 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 reproduction is the Extra Light version. By appearances, this one has seen almost no use and is in Excellent condition. It retains 99% of its metal finish with a gorgeous bore, strong mechanics, and would make a great addition to any collection. Good luck and happy bidding!

Winchester 1886 Extra Light .45-70 Government Lever Action Rifle, 2000-2012
Winchester 1886 Extra Light .45-70 Government Lever Action Rifle, 2000-2012