Rare Winchester Caliber .50-110 W.C.F. Express Model 1886 Take-Down Rifle

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Rare Winchester Caliber .50-110 W.C.F. Express Model 1886 Take-Down Rifle
This is a desirable 50 Express Caliber Winchester Model 1886 Take-Down Rifle that was manufactured in 1901. The rifle has a blued barrel and receiver with varnished walnut stock and forearm. The rifle has an octagon barrel and full-length magazine. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail mounted, Lyman, "Winchester Express" front sight with ivory bead and a sporting style rear sight. A folding combination peep sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The original shotgun buttplate has been replaced with a later production rubber Winchester marked recoil pad. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend: "MANUFACTURED BY THE/WINCHESTER REPEATING ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A." ahead of the rear sight. The caliber, ".50 EX" is stamped between the rear sight and the receiver. The lower receiver tang is stamped: "-PAT.OCT.14.1884./JAN. 20. 1885-" in two lines behind the hammer and the serial number, "127011" is stamped head of the rear tang screw. The Winchester .50 Caliber Express cartridge was introduced in 1899 for the Model 1886 Rifle; high velocity, smokeless powder versions of the .50 Express cartridge were comparable to some British elephant cartridges. The rifle is complete with a box of .50 Express cartridges.
BBL: 26 inch
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 50 express
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 127011

Excellent. The rifle retains 95% of the original blue and casehardened finish. Nearly all of the blue finish is present on the barrel and magazine with some minor take down marks on the magazine tube. The receiver takedown ring extension has a blue-gray patina with 50% of the original blue finish. The receiver has some edge wear on high points and several minor scratches. The hammer and loading lever have nearly all of the original casehardened finish with strong case colors. The loading gate has a silver-gray patina. The reoiled stock and forearm are in very fine condition with some scattered and very minor handling marks. The later production Winchester recoil pad and spacer fit nicely to the stock. This is an excellent example of a scarce Winchester Model 1886 Take-Down Rifle chambered for the .50 W.C.F. Express cartridge.