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May 11, 2024 - 1:06 am
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Hello, I’m a new member that is in search of information about my newly acquired Model 1886. This gun is chambered in 45-70, has a 22″ barrel, serial# 152410 A. 

I believe from my quick search that it was manufactured in 1912. The person that I acquired it from felt it was a special light weight model. 20240510_130752.jpgImage Enlarger20240510_130648.jpgImage Enlarger20240510_130747.jpgImage Enlarger

Here are a couple more pics of the barrel markings

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Unfortunately I am currently away from home and this all the pics I have with me

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May 11, 2024 - 1:44 am
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First off, WELCOME to WACA! We’re glad you’re here.

Your 1886 looks like a great honest gun, that has had some use, but shows no abuse.  It would be a great rifle to shoot and enjoy.

All the best—

BRP

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Hello Roland and welcome! Since you’re a full-fledged member, go to the Winter 2024 magazine and read Bert H’s late-production 1886 article….that article alone was worth the price of your membership. 

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Welcome, Roland. I believe your 1912 production date is correct, the Cody Firearms Museum has Serial Number Applied dates and Warehouse records for your rifle if you’re interested. An inquiry to CFM may be in order, while you’re on their site please consider becoming a member of their outstanding museum. A number of searches and letters are included with your membership, more searches included as you are a WACA member.

 

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Welcome Roland,

You do indeed have an ELW (Extra-Light Weight), one of my favorites! Still a handy hunting rifle! 

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RolandPentz said
Hello, I’m a new member that is in search of information about my newly acquired Model 1886. This gun is chambered in 45-70, has a 22″ barrel, serial# 152410 A. 

I believe from my quick search that it was manufactured in 1912. The person that I acquired it from felt it was a special light weight model. 20240510_130752.jpgImage Enlarger20240510_130648.jpgImage Enlarger20240510_130747.jpgImage Enlarger

Hello Roland,

Can you please post additional pictures showing the lower tang and the factory markings on the barrel. 

Based on the serial number on your rifle, and the information that I have in the research survey, your Model 1886 was most likely received in the warehouse in sometime in the 1914 – 1916 timeframe.  You can determine the precise date by contacting the Cody Firearms Museum records office for a factory letter.

Bert

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Roland – 

Welcome!

That’s a nice looking ’86 ELW.  A very popular rifle and as you can see from the comments here, many of us like this variation.  I certainly do.

So, tell us about yourself.  What’s your favorite Winchester?

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