Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle Chambered in 45-60

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Very Fine Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle Chambered in 45-60
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Estimate: $8500 - 12000
Manufacturer: Winchester Model: 1876
This is an exceptionally nice high condition Winchester Model 1876 Lever Action Rifle that was manufactured in 1882. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped in two lines: "WINCHESTER'S- REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CT./KING'S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860.", with the breech end roll marked: "CAL. 45-60" ahead of the receiver. The upper receiver tang has the final, third style "MODEL 1876" marking with foliate letters. The bottom of the brass cartridge elevator is inscribed "45-60". The serial number "26551" is stamped on the lower receiver tang behind the loading lever latch. The receiver has the integral dust cover rail and dust cover with serrated edges. The barrel is fitted with the original factory half nickel/silver blade front sight, with the "1876" marked adjustable folding leaf rear sight, marked: "2-10" (200-1000 yards). The stock is fitted with the original steel buttplate with a sliding brass trap door. These rifles have a rust blued finish on the barrel, magazine tube, receiver and side plates with a casehardened hammer, loading lever, forearm cap and crescent steel buttplate. The dust cover and loading gate are niter blue. The walnut stock and forearm are varnished.
BBL: 28 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 45-60 WCF
Finish: blue
Serial Number: 26551
Very fine with 75% plus of the original blue finish overall with minor fading of the blue on top of the barrel, the side and underside of the receiver. The loading lever, hammer, trigger and buttplate all retain 10% of their original case colors overall. The buttstock and forend both retain more than half of the original factory varnish overall mixed with some minor handling marks and scratches. This is very nice, early, high end condition Winchester 1876 lever action rifle. We just don't see many of these early rifles with this much blue finish.