Exceptional Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

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Exceptional Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle
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Exceptional Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle

This excellent original Winchester Model 1876 rifle was manufactured in 1882. This rifle has the Third Model receiver with integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated rear edge. The 28-inch round barrel has a sporting style front sight with nickel-silver blade and folding leaf rear sight graduated to 1000 yards and marked "1876" at the top of the leaf. The upper tang is factory drilled and tapped. The crescent steel buttplate has a sliding brass trap door and the butt trap contains a jointed steel cleaning rod. The barrel, forearm cap, receiver, dust cover and buttplate are blued. The loading gate and bolt have a fiery niter blue finish. The hammer and lever are color casehardened. The stock and forearm are straight grain American walnut with a polished varnish finish. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped with the two-line legend "WINCHESTER'S-REPEATING-ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1865. OCTOBER 16.1860." ahead of the rear sight. "CAL. 45-60" is stamped in script on the top of the barrel immediately in front of the receiver. "45-60" is stamped in script on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. The upper tang is roll-stamped "{ MODEL. 1876}" in fancy letters with foliate devices at either end. The serial number "41113" is stamped in script numerals between the lever latch and the rear tang screw.

Manufucture: Winchester
Model: 1876
BBL: 28 inch round
Stock: walnut
Guage: 45-60 WCF
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 41113

Excellent. The rifle is all original and retains 85% plus of the bright original blue finish. The barrel, magazine and forearm cap have nearly all of the blue finish intact. The receiver shows light handling wear with minor finish loss on high points and on the right side of the receiver ahead of the side plate. The dust cover has nearly all of the blue finish intact. The loading gate retains 90% of the niter blue finish. The buttplate has some finish loss on the tip of the heel and traces of surface rust on toe but retains about 85% of the blue finish overall. The hammer, trigger and lever have about 90% of the casehardened finish intact. The barrel and receiver markings are crisp. The stock and forearm are both in excellent condition and retain 95% of the polish varnish finish with scattered and very minor handling and storage marks. Most of the handling wear is concentrated on the forearm. This is high condition, example of a Winchester Third Model 1876 Sporting rifle.