Browning Miroku 1886 .45-70 22″ Turnbull Case Colored Lever Rifle, 1992
SOLD FOR: $2980
Make: Browning, Mfg. in Japan by Miroku
Model: 1886 SRC
Serial Number: 05202NY1C7
Year of Manufacture: 1992 (NY date code)
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Tubular Magazine Fed Lever Action Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “BROWNING ARMS COMPANY MORGAN, UTAH & MONTREAL P.Q. / MADE IN JAPAN” and “.45-70 GOVT”. The top of the barrel is marked “NP”, found again on the top of the chamber ring left side of the bolt, and the right side of the locking bolt. The right of the barrel is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1886 CALIBER .45-70 GOVT”. The top tang is marked “BROWNING MODEL 1886”, the bottom-front of the receiver is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 22”, Round
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade pinned to a slotted base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a folding ladder-style sight showing a “U”-notch when folded down. When folded up, the crosspiece has a “U”-notch and the ladder is graduated from “0” to “20” with single hashes and markings in increments of 5.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with banded forend, straight grip and carbine-style steel buttplate. The wood shows no imperfections worth noting, maybe just a storage mark or two on the buttstock. 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 is clean. Overall, the stocks are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The metal surfaces show no imperfections worth noting. The case coloring is strong and vibrant. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock 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 Browning model 1886 Carbine, a reproduction of the original Winchester which was, ironically, 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 between 1992-1993. This one retains 99% of its metal finish with an excellent bore, strong mechanics, and would make a great addition to any collection. With its 22” round barrel it’s fairly handy as .45-70 lever-action rifles go. This would also make a nice hunting rifle that could take just about any game in North America. Please see our photos and good luck!