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1886 40-65 loading gate?
February 20, 2014
7:54 am
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Will a new Browning loading gate interchange and work in a 1886 40-65? The rifle was made in 1894 if that matters. Providing an original can't be located.

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March 6, 2014
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Well it will fit and does work but only as a full assembly. The parts while similar and almost identical on the outside to the Winchester factory parts, they are not interchangeable with the original Winchester parts without doing some filing/sizing . They work and look good for now until an original part is located.

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March 12, 2014
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Here's an original 1886 loading gate on Gunbroker. From the various other parts listed by the same seller, it looks like it came off a 45-70 caliber. Maybe it's the same loading gate as the 40-65??

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=400184687

March 13, 2014
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All loading gates for the 86 are the same except for the 50 Ex.

March 17, 2014
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Thanks for the help, I missed it. Hopefully the next one . Cry

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March 23, 2014
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I went to a local gun show today and saw an original 1886 loading gate for sale. It was in very nice condition, but the guy wanted $150.00 for it. I was thinking of you when I came across it. I should have gotten the seller's phone number for you. This was at the monthly Oregon Arms Collectors show and the guy is likely to have his table at this show in the future. Would you be interested in this price range? If so, let me know and I'll see if I can get you in touch with him.

March 25, 2014
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Sure always interested in an original. the new one works but it's not New Haven made Wink

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March 25, 2014
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Sounds good. I usually hit this show every month. I'll get his contact information for you the next time I see him. He actually had a whole box of 1886 parts (receiver, lower tang, lever, loading gate, screws, etc.).

March 26, 2014
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Thanks, they have been made in my state but the parts are scarce for the old lever guns. Its fun to find rifles, parts and other sporting items from the many retired Winchester and Remington folks still around southern Connecticut.

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