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1886 Collector’s
October 7, 2019
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Can any of the experienced & experts here who are well versed in the 86’s tell me what is more desirable in your opinion ?
3/4 mag (only 162 made) 45-70 light weight 22” rd barrel DOM 1908.
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full mag full octagon 26” in 45-70 with 3 digit serial just over 400(can’t remember exact ser).

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October 7, 2019
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 AG, I assume the early 86 would not have the condition as the modern one. I would have to see both guns and if the early 86 is nice, original, and still showing a percentage of finish I would go with the big heavy classic 86. I've owned several light weight 86's and sold them all to buy long or hvy octagon barreled gun's, that's my interest. T/R  

October 7, 2019
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 AG, I assume the early 86 would not have the condition as the modern one. I would have to see both guns and if the early 86 is nice, original, and still showing a percentage of finish I would go with the big heavy classic 86. I've owned several light weight 86's and sold them all to buy long or hvy octagon barreled gun's, that's my interest. T/R    

Thanks TR for your perspective. The 3 digit is a grey gun with minimal bluing left but no cracks in the stocks & original sights. Crescent butt.

The 3/4 mag is a bit nicer as you figured & the 3/4 mag rarity drew my attention. Shotgun butt.

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October 9, 2019
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Hello,

My 2 cents worth.  The shotgun butt is a deal breaker.  Especially on a low condition rifle.

Michael

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October 9, 2019
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Ya Michael the shotgun butt isn’t my pick of the litter either.

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