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1886 help!
July 26, 2018
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I’ve recently purchased a model 1886 witch appeared to be a good deal but I can’t seem to find a gun like this one to get a value idea off of so was looking for a little help . It’s a 1886 wit 20 inch barrel serial numvnu 66,×××× . It is in almost perfect condition it’s seen a gun safe for the last40 years .  All apears to be original . Has a straight stock with cresent butt . 

July 27, 2018
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Nearly impossible to answer your question, without looking at some good photos of the gun.

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“Among the greatest rarities on the ’86 are the special shorter barrels.  Special barrels such as the 20 inch length entailed much more work for Winchester.”  The Winchester Book by George Madis.  Hopefully, this was a factory special order and not cut down after shortening the standard 26 inch barrel.  Google Winchester 1886 and you should be able to get more info.  Better yet, get the Madis book or another.   

September 25, 2021
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Branson Willis said
“Among the greatest rarities on the ’86 are the special shorter barrels.  Special barrels such as the 20 inch length entailed much more work for Winchester.”  The Winchester Book by George Madis.  Hopefully, this was a factory special order and not cut down after shortening the standard 26 inch barrel.  Google Winchester 1886 and you should be able to get more info.  Better yet, get the Madis book or another.     

Short barrels are not nearly as rare as Madis inaccurately proclaimed, nor did they “entail much more work”.  While short barreled Model 1886 rifles are uncommon, they are a long way from being “among the greatest rarities”.

If you seek accurate information concerning the Model 1886, I suggest that you obtain a copy of John Madl’s reference book.  

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September 25, 2021
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Branson Willis said  Hopefully, this was a factory special order and not cut down after shortening the standard 26 inch barrel. 

No need to speculate about that–a factory letter will settle any doubt.  And without the letter, there will always be doubt.

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