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Been a lot of Forum traffic lately devoted to the 66 cartridge – never see much discussion about 66 rifles or carbines. I can’t say they are my favorite model but a 66 carbine or rifle with condition is hard to find these days. I don’t go to gun shows anymore but am wondering if there is still an avid interest in collecting them. This is an early carbine with the rifle butt and the highest condition carbine I have ever owned – probably coming up for sale.

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Love it. I like the 1866s they’re just so cost prohibitive in nice shape. I have a rifle but it’s no show piece, still like it though. Might need a carbine one day!

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Burt-

As you know it’s a small market and you have one of the best offerings available. I would let some of the big auction houses give you a market analysis and let one of them use their resources market it for you. They can reach the market you seek much better than a table at a gun show….or several gun shows. It’s a special gun and to realize the best price an extensive marketing effort will command the best price, even if you have to pay a bit for their services. JMHO, of course.

 

 

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Jeremy P said
Love it. I like the 1866s they’re just so cost prohibitive in nice shape. I have a rifle but it’s no show piece, still like it though. Might need a carbine one day!

  

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Burt-

As you know it’s a small market and you have one of the best offerings available. I would let some of the big auction houses give you a market analysis and let one of them use their resources market it for you. They can reach the market you seek much better than a table at a gun show….or several gun shows. It’s a special gun and to realize the best price an extensive marketing effort will command the best price, even if you have to pay a bit for their services. JMHO, of course.

 

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Mike – the reason for my post was to see if there would be interest in my 66 from the WACA community – You don’t see Forum members discussing the 66 very often. I received quite a few PM’s so the interest is there. I would rather see the 66 go to a WACA member that is trying to add to or improve their collection than sell it at auction. I am not an auction fan but have sold a couple rare guns that way – they did bring crazy prices. These big auction houses will take a gun like the 66 without any fee but the buyer pretty much gets the shaft when you consider the 18% buyers fee, possible sales tax and shipping fees. The 66 has been in my safe for about 30 years and was a rare find back when I got it. I bought the gun from Tommy Rholes and I have a very nice hand written letter from Tommy describing the gun and noting how rare it is to find a 66 carbine with condition. Carefully look at the burl walnut on this gun and note the wood to metal fit – when have you seen this much barrel blue on a 66 carbine – this gun is original, correct and never been screwed with. I will be discussing a sale in the near future and if it does not work out, an auction house is always an option. When I retired 6 years ago I decided to slowly sell my collection and over this period of time have sold over 40 Winchesters levers – all good ones, collected over 50+ years. It is someone else’s turn to be the temporary caretaker. I have not lost interest, I just do not want my wife to have to mess with them. I have 5 more guns to sell and will keep one, at least for now, to remember my collecting days. The Winchester lever has been my passion since I was a boy. Burt

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I’m looking forward to seeing you list it here…thanks for sharing

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Burt if you can’t sell that 66 to a waca member I would be disappointed. It is a excellent gun, and coming from Tommy Rholes and you for that matter I know it’s “right”.  

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  Burt,

 That is the top tier of 66 carbines, most were used up in their day. I do not have deep enough pockets, but by offering it first here says a lot about you as a person. Thanks for thinking of us. Hopefully someone here will put it together.  Always enjoy your pictures. Tom

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  Burt,

 That is the top tier of 66 carbines, most were used up in their day. I do not have deep enough pockets, but by offering it first here says a lot about you as a person. Thanks for thinking of us. Hopefully someone here will put it together.  Always enjoy your pictures. Tom

  

My sentiments exactly. Lovely 1866Cool

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  Burt,

 That is the top tier of 66 carbines, most were used up in their day. I do not have deep enough pockets, but by offering it first here says a lot about you as a person. Thanks for thinking of us. Hopefully someone here will put it together.  Always enjoy your pictures. Tom

  

My sentiments exactly. Lovely 1866Cool

  

I appreciate the positive comments – I consider myself very lucky to have owned it almost 40 years.

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Wow! Thank you for posting, that is a gem, that I could never afford! I can drool on my keyboard. 

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That is a beautiful Carbine that garnishes my attention every time you have posted pictures of it over the years!

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