1 of 2,000 Browning 1886 National Forest Centennial .45-70 22? Lever Rifle
SOLD FOR: $2050
Make: Browning, Manufactured by Miroku
Model: 1886 National Forest Centennial Limited Edition, 668 of 2,000
Serial Number: 00668FS189
Year of Manufacture: 1991
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 right side of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1886 CALIBER .45-70 GOVT”. The top of the barrel and receiver are marked with “NP”. The tang is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1886”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The left of the receiver has a bust of Teddy Roosevelt, a banner that reads “1891 / 1991”, and a U.S. Forest Service badge that reads “FOREST SERVICE / US / DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE”. The right side of the receiver has a banner that reads “U.S. NATIONAL FORESTS CENTENNIAL 1891-1991”, a second banner that reads “ONE OF 2000” and has a Forest Reserve Ranger crest that reads “DEPARTMENT / OF THE / INTERIOR” on top of “US” surrounded by “FOREST RESERVE RANGER”. The markings on the sides of the receiver have gold accents.
Barrel Length: 22?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned into a base at the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a two position sight, it is flat-topped “U” notch when down and when flipped up it is a ladder sight with a “U” notched slider. The ladder graduates from 0 to 20 in increments of 5.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a two-piece checkered walnut set with a banded forearm, straight grip, straight comb, and steel carbine-style buttplate. There is a small impact mark on the left side of the forearm at the top border of the checkering. There are scattered little nicks, compressions, and small draglines throughout, mostly on the buttstock. The checkering is generally sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate has several scratches mostly at the heel with some at the toe as well. The stocks are in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blued with Coin Finish Receiver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a few faint patches of surface oxidation on the rear half of the barrel. There is a mark on the chamber ring. There are some light nicks and handling marks throughout the receiver. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine-Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms a thorough cleaning may be required to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: From 1883 until 1900, John Moses Browning’s rifle designs were manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. The 1886 lever action rifle was chambered in rifle caliber rounds and featured a new elevator system. Browning severed his relationship with Winchester in 1900 and the Browning Company began having their products manufactured at FN in Belgium and later at Miroku in Japan. This is a Miroku manufactured 1886 Limited Edition National Forest Centennial 1886 chambered in .45-70 Government. This rifle is in about Fine-Plus condition with some scattered marks in the stocks, 97% of its metal finish, and the bore is bright with sharp rifling. It is a splendid looking rifle featuring beautiful walnut stocks and limited edition National Forest engravings on the receiver which have gold accents. This is number 668 of 2,000 and would make a great addition to a Winchester of Browning collection. Please see our photos and good luck!