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I own a Winchester 1886 Model in 45-70 serial number 964XX. It is 26 inch hex barrel with full length magazine tube. It is in very good condition, no rust, beautiful patina, shows some minor hunting bumps, and is a shooter. I believe the date of manufacture would be around 1899 but would be interested in knowing history, date of manufacture and value. Thanks in advance for your attention to the matter. Barrel rifling is excellent and bright.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:09 am
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SilentKnight wrote:I own a Winchester 1886 Model in 45-70 serial number 964XX.
I believe the date of manufacture would be around 1899 but would be interested in knowing history, date of manufacture and value. Thanks in advance for your attention to the matter.


While value is relative to the market...a collector might pay higher than a private sale to a friend than a gun shop looking to make a profit. Best to check on-line auction houses to see what they go for in the condition you describe...(also...I've been know to go to a book store and find pricing guides to look up the prices ;) ).

As far as the history: ( See Below )
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The Winchester Model 1886 was a lever-action repeating rifle designed by John Moses Browning to handle some of the more powerful cartridges of the period.

Originally chambered in .45-70, .45-90 WCF and .40-82 WCF, it was later offered in a half dozen other large cartridges, including the .50-110 Winchester.

Despite being originally designed for use with black powder, the action was strong enough to make the jump to smokeless powder with only minor modifications, and was subsequently chambered in the smokeless .33 WCF cartridge beginning in 1903.

The Model 1886 continued the trend towards chambering heavier rounds, and had an all-new and considerably stronger locking-block action than the toggle-link Model 1876.

While it was designed by John Moses Browning, who had a long and profitable relationship with Winchester from the 1880s to the early 1900s....William Mason also contributed, making some improvements to Browning's original design.

In many respects the Model 1886 was a true American express rifle, as it could be chambered in the more powerful black powder cartridges of the day.

During the early stages of World War I, the Royal Flying Corps purchased Model 1886 rifles chambered for the .45-90 Sharps cartridge with special incendiary bullets designed to ignite the hydrogen gas in German airships.

In 1935 Winchester introduced a slightly modified M1886 as the Model 71, chambered for the more powerful .348 Winchester cartridge.

Soon after the introduction of the Model 1886, Browning designed a scaled-down version of the 1886 action for smaller dual-use or carbine cartridges, which was issued as the highly successful Winchester Model 1892.

The Model 1886 was produced between 1886 and 1935...with 160,000 being made.

Specs:

Weight: 9 lbs

Overall Length: 44.5 inches

Barrel: 26 inches


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Thank you Shooter 13 for the historical info. I am still trying to figure out how this site works. I will get a picture taken and place it here as soon as possible. Thanks again.
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Not a problem...

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:37 pm
I have a 1902 single shot 22 with no ser number and a 03 22WMR SN 49108. I have never been able to find dates of manuf for either.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Might even spring for a big orange or something.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:47 pm
Try here pardner...

http://www.proofhouse.com

OR

https://winchestercollector.org/dates/

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http://www.nramuseum.org/gun-info-resea ... -book.aspx
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:53 pm
After all this time, I thank you sir. Looks like the 03 was 1909 to 1910. It is amazing how good of shape this rifle remains. I have been able to find ammo for it and find it is quite accurate with the original sights.

Thanks again.

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