Winchester Model 1886 ’86 .45-70 Govt. 26″ Takedown Lever Action Rifle 1998

SOLD FOR: $1526

LSB#: 220209FH009

Make: U.S. Repeating Arms Co. under license of Winchester

Model: 1886 Takedown

Serial Number: 02801NP343

Year of Manufacture: 1998 (NP Date Code)

Caliber: .45-70 Government

Action Type: Tubular Magazine Fed 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”, “-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 front of the receiver is marked “02801 / NP343”. The grip cap is marked “WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS” in a circular shape. The left side of the upper and lower tang are marked “765” and the right side is marked “729”.

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. The upper tang is equipped with a Marbles flip-up peep aperture sight that is adjustable for windage and elevation.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb, and blued steel crescent buttplate. The buttstock shows some minor draglines and compressions, notably on the belly and the grip. The forearm also shows a few scattered little dings. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/8? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light wear, mostly at the toe. Overall, the stocks are in Fine-Plus condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

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

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish.There are some faint streaks of thinning on the mag tube from take down. There are a few faint marks on the lever. Other than that, only light handling marks are present. There is light operational wear. The screwheads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine-Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a rebounding hammer 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: None.

Our Assessment: This is a Winchester Takedown Model 1886 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 issued 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 little if any use. It retains 98% of its metal finish with a great bore, strong mechanics, and would make a great addition to a collection. With its 26? octagonal barrel 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. 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 Model 1886 '86 .45-70 Govt. 26" Takedown Lever Action Rifle 1998
Winchester Model 1886 ’86 .45-70 Govt. 26″ Takedown Lever Action Rifle 1998