1525 of 3000 Browning Model 1886 High Grade Rifle .45-70 26″ Lever Action

SOLD FOR: $2550

LSB#: 210831RL02

Make: Browning

Model: 1886 Limited Edition High Grade Rifle, 1525 of 3000

Serial#: 01525PT697

Year of Manufacture: 1986

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Lever Action with Tubular Magazine

Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN” and “.45 – 70 GOVT”. The top tang is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1886”. The right side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1886 CALIBER .45 – 70 GOVT” and has an “NP” proof at the rear. The top of the barrel is marked “1 of 3000”. The left side of the receiver has scroll engraving surrounding a game scene with two gold elk and is signed “T.MORI” above the lever. The right side of the receiver has scroll engraving surrounding a game scene with a gold buffalo and is also marked with the serial number.

Barrel Length:  26” Octagonal

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

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, metal nosecap, and blued steel crescent buttplate. There are a few light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the trigger to the end of the buttplate. The plate light handling marks and a few little marks through the finish at the toe. The stocks rate in Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued with French Gray Receiver

Finish Originality: Original

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

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its original finish. There is some light thinning on the edge of the muzzle and magazine tube. There is light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Excellent 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: Included is a serial matching box. The box has some creases, edge wear, marks through the finsih, scrapes, and a few punctures, in about Good condition.

Our Assessment: This is a Browning model 1886, a reproduction of the original Winchester which was 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 has the same action and was produced as a limited edition in 1986 only and there were only 3,000 made. This one doesn’t appear to have seen much use, 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. In such high condition, it will likely see interest from both Browning and Winchester collectors. 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!

1525 of 3000 Browning Model 1886 High Grade Rifle .45-70 26" Lever Action
1525 of 3000 Browning Model 1886 High Grade Rifle .45-70 26″ Lever Action