Winchester Model 1886 26″ Octagonal .45-90 WCF Lever Rifle, 1892 Antique

SOLD FOR: $3042

LSB#: 230914LM136

Make: Winchester

Model: 1886

Year of Manufacture: 1892

Caliber: .45-90 WCF

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle

Serial Number: 71044

Barrel Length: 26?, Octagonal

Sights: The front sight is a german silver blade in a slotted base dovetailed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “U”-notch elevator sight dovetailed to the rear of the barrel. The rear sight is not original to the gun. The top tang is drilled, tapped and filled for a tang sight (none included).

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with capped forend, straight grip, straight comb and steel crescent buttplate. The stocks have scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches. There is a patch-repair to the left of the top tang and a crack to the right at the front of the wrist. There is a crack at the left corner of the buttplate’s tang. There is a small fill at the front of the comb. The wood is generally shy to the metal. The LOP measures 13″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has mostly gone to a patina with scattered wear. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition as refinished Antique.

Type of Finish: Blue & Case-Color

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is scattered light erosion and pitting in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 6 out of 10.

Most antique firearms have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the use of black powder. When fired, black powder reacts corrosively. NRA Antique Firearm Conditions Standards are quite lenient for bores. In some cases, the NRA standards disregarded the bore’s condition for collectors’ firearms.

Overall Condition: The rifle retains approximately 10% of its metal finish. Finish remains only in well protected areas and around some raised features. Exposed surfaces have mostly gone to a light patina with edges worn to white. There are some scattered nicks, scuffs and scratches with more notable marks at the magazine bracket. There is a more notable ding in the left shoulder of the barrel at the front of the barrel address. There is some minor surface oxidation and infrequent erosion. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to disfigured with useable slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Very Good condition as Antique.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The lever locks up solidly. 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 / Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The 1886 is another of John Browning’s industry-changing designs. It is our favorite Winchester here, certainly the strongest built at the time and function leads to beauty. The 1886 was available in a variety of cartridges over its nearly 40 years of production and, while there were standard configurations, there were also special-order features which led to a wide number of variations available to the collector today. This is a nice example of an 1886 made in 1892. The rifle is chambered for .45-90, one of the original three chamberings offered for the model, and has a 26″ octagonal barrel. The rifle shows honest wear for its age, but looks better than any of us will at 130 years old! It still has strong mechanics and good markings. It will make a nice addition to a Winchester collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!

Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud

Winchester Model 1886 26" Octagonal .45-90 WCF Lever Rifle, 1892 Antique
Winchester Model 1886 26″ Octagonal .45-90 WCF Lever Rifle, 1892 Antique