SOLD FOR: $2125
Make: Uberti, Imported by E.M.F.
Model: 1866 Yellowboy Carbine Engraved
Serial Number: 35598
Year of Manufacture: 1978 (AD Date Code)
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Magazine Tube
Markings: The top tang is marked “MOD. 66 CARBINE”. The bottom tang is marked with the serial number is marked behind the lever. The top of the barrel is marked “E.M.F. Co LA CAL.”. The left side of the chamber is marked “A. UBERTI & C. GARDONE V.T. ITALY” above proofs and the date code. The right side of the chamber is marked “CAL. 44/40”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with proofs at the front. There is scroll engraving on the receiver and on the top of the chamber.
Barrel Length: 19”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade integral to the barrel band. The rear sight is a flip-up ladder sight dovetailed into the barrel. When flipped down the sight presents a “U” notch at the bottom of a semi-circle and when flipped up is presents a slider with a “U” notch.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are smooth wood. The forend has a single barrel band and the buttstock has a straight comb, straight grip, and a brass carbine buttplate. There are a few little draglines and light compressions. There are a few little dings into the wood, most noticeable on the bottom and right side of the forend. The LOP measures 13 1/2” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has scattered draglines, some scuffs, rubs, and some spots of discoloration. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Brass Receiver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is and sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are a few little tiny nicks through the finish on the barrel and magazine tube, most noticeable on the left side. There are scattered areas of patina and discoloration on the receiver. There are some streaks from abrasive cleaning on the receiver, most noticeable on the right side at the front and rear. There is standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The 1866 Yellowboy was a marked improvement over the old Henry. Winchester’s plant superintendent, Nelson King, devised a convenient loading gate that passed cartridges through the side of the receiver. This not only made the new rifle more functional, but also allowed for the installation of a wooden fore-end. The 1866 Yellowboy was the first true cowboy lever-action rifle and was the first rifle widely carried in a cowboy-style saddle scabbard. The new 1866 Yellowboy was a hit worldwide: Chief Sitting Bull had an 1866, Benito Juarez’s forces used Yellowboys in Mexico and the Turkish army used the new Winchester against the Russians. This rifle is an Uberti copy of a Winchester Yellowboy with a 20” barrel chambered for .44-40 Winchester. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. This is a really nice-looking rifle that will be perfect for Cowboy Action shooting. Please see our photos and good luck!