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Winchester rifles, starting with the '66 44 rim fire were commonly called "Yellow Boy" by the Indians because of the brass furniture. This was the first Winchester, the second being the Winchester "73 known as the "gun that won the West". There were many variations of Winchesters which makes them an interesting antique for collectors. The '66 Winchester was available to General Custer, but was not issued by Ulysses S. Grant. So Custer stayed with the single shot (government issue) weapon. The Indians, on the other hand, did use the multiple shot, lever action Winchesters resulting in a massacre that well could have played out differently had both sides been using the Winchesters.
These weapons are increasing in value because of the recent closing of the Winchester factory in Connecticut creating scarcity. Also, condition is always an important governing factor. Winchesters are at a premium.
Winchester Model 1876 lever action rifle.
Serial no. 54662, 40-60 WCF.
28" round barrel,
Good bore, good rifling.
Smooth walnut buttstock is very good, light dings & handling marks.
Forend same condition w/ traces of original varnish.
Lyman ivory bladde front sight.
Rear ladder-style sight on barrel.
Dust cover is present.
No cleaning rod.
This is the type weapon used by Teddy Roosevelt.
Inventory # 12100002w -Winchester
Winchester Model 1894 semi-deluxe lever action rifle.
Serial no. 137877, 30-30 Win,
26" round barrel.
Retains about 98% of later applied blue finish.
Wood surfaces are very good.
Semi-deluxe checkering is worn.
Walnut pistol grip buttstock shows minor impact marks on its left side.
Winchester pistol grip cap is present.
Front sight blade (probably replaced long ago.)
Action has been drilled and Lyman adjustable receiver sight has been installed.
Rear sight removed & dovetailed black in its place.
Inventory # 12100004w -Winchester
Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle.
Serial no. 322668B, 32 WCF,
24" barrel with good bore.
The barrel and magazine tube are mostly pewter with areas gradually turning brown.
Retains 35-40% original blue.
Dust cover intact.
Smooth walnut buttstock & forend are very good.
Buckthorn rear sight & forend are very good.
Excellent as a cowboy shooter.
Inventory # 12100005w -Winchester
Winchester Model 1894 special order deluxe rifle.
Serial no. 43986, 38-55,
26" part round, part octagon barrel w/ very good bore.
Custom engraved w/ pattern very similar to factory pattern w/ big horn sheep in panel on left side, scroll to front & rear.
Right side of action is engraved w/ scroll.
Barrel & magazine retain about 95% evenly thinning restored old blue finish.
Checkered pistol grip buttstock & forend show remnants of old engraving.
Toe of stock shows old repair.
Nice old Winchester.
Includes letter from Winchester.
Inventory # 12040029w
Winchester Second Model 1895 Special Order Lever Action Rifle.
Serial no. 5292, 30-40 Krag (30 U.S.)
28” special order long barrel w/ very good bore. (One in 3200 made had extra length barrel.),
All metal mottled brown patina.
Smooth buttstock & forend near very good w/ some handling marks & dings, no finish left.
Original German silver front blade site – Rocky Mountain rear site.
Nice clean, special feature gun.
Inventory # 11011505w
Winchester early fourth Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle
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Inventory # 9080201w - Winchester
Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle
Manufactured in 1891
Serial no. 390930, 32 -20,
24” round barrel with full magazine,
Very good bore,
Barrel & magazine retain approx. 90%+ thinning original blue w/some oxidation toward muzzle,
Case color strong on hammer & lever.
Plain walnut stocks are excellent w/ about 80% original finish remaining. Nearly all loss is on rear section of forend and from carrying.
Crescent butt plate,
Light pitting on tang,
Standard sporting sights.
Overall very nice ’73.
Pretty grain in wood elements.
Inventory # 9040302w -Winchester
Winchester 1866 carbine, “Yellow Boy”, 4th Model
Serial no. 1155095, .44 r.f., manufactured 1881,
80% non-original blue,
Poor – fair bore,
Stock appears to have been replaced long ago.
Forend has large indentation on left side – appears to have banged against metal, perhaps another gun barrel.
Brass buttplate adds to value of gun.
Very nice collector’s “Yellow Boy”
Inventory # 8120103w -Winchester
Winchester Third Model 1873 lever action rifle
Serial no. 213306B, .38 – 40 w.c.f.,
24” barrel with bright bore, minor specs on barrel,
Metal surfaces carry brownish gray patina & faint traces of original blue in protected areas.
Lightly sanded and oil finished walnut buttstock and forend rate very good with light dings.
Button magazine, trapdoor style crescent buttplate,
Lyman No. 1 folding tang peep sight,
Loading spring on right appears replacement,
Nice, clean gun.
Inventory # 8080705w -Winchester
Winchester Model 1892
Serial no. 163727, Manu. 11898,
24” octagon barrel,
Barrel & full magazine rertain 35-40% thin orig. blue,
Receiver retains 30% blue,
Hammer & lever have strong original case colors,
Previously professionally refinished semi-fancy walnut buttstock & forend are excellent except for 1” crack on belly of forend ahead of receiver.
Lyman 5B combination front sight, standard sporting rear sight & Lyman no.1 tang peep sight.
Near pristine – beautiful!
Inventory #8033004w -Winchester
Winchester Model 1892 Lever Action
Serial no. 53184, .32 c.f., full magazine,
equipped with factory close coupled double set triggers,
Barrel& magazine retain 25-35% original finish blending with smooth, even brown patina,
remainder of gun has 10-15% original blue blending.
Walnut stock and forearm are high quality wood.
Front sight is Lyman fold down covered sight.
Excellent, clean example of '92
Inventory # 7112504w -Winchester
Winchester 1886 lever action rifle
Ser.# 109975 45/90 c.f. caliber
Barrel 25 1/2" round, excellent bore.
Barrel has a Winchester mail order proof mark and was made for a takedown rifle with full magazine. New magazine,
Barrel is a factory replacement and retains 90% factory blue.
Walnut stock has straight grip with crescent butt plate.
Hairline short crack behind top tang.
Comb behind top tang has been altered.
Front sight has ivory bead.