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wonder why letter does not mention takedown, was that standard

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Tony. R said
wonder why letter does not mention takedown, was that standard  

No, the Take Down was an optional variation.  The Model 1886 ELW Rifles are found in both Solid frame and Take Down.  I suspect that it was just a simple omission by the person who entered it in the records.

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Nice 86 Henry.

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Henry – now that is my kind of rifle!  Wait a minute, it is my rifle.  I just went to the safe and whew, it is still there.  While I had it out I just took some photos.  The light conditions were not favorable, however as you can see, with the exception of the Lyman receiver sight (and the pistol grip), this .45-70 extra lightweight, takedown, 3/4 magazine, shotgun rifle of mine is strikingly similar to Henry’s.  I’ll show a copy of the letter.  The takedown feature must have been an omission on Henry’s life as it is mentioned in mine.  What is important is that the sights letter on Henry’s rifle. 

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Steve , nice ’86, thanks for the pics

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I have a similar rifle to yours.  Letter is posted.  Rifle not easily accessible right now for photographs but I can state it remains in original high condition.20201020_183610.jpgImage Enlarger

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I have a similar rifle to yours.  Letter is posted.  Rifle not easily accessible right now for photographs but I can state it remains in original high condition.20201020_183610.jpgImage Enlarger  

And feels like a feather in the hand I’ll bet  Cool

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It does!  I bought it circa 1990 and paid $2000 for it and I’ve never regretted it!

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 The Model 1886 ELW rifles are very nice firearms.I have one in .45-70 with the full length magazine.

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28 gauge said
 The Model 1886 ELW rifles are very nice firearms.I have one in .45-70 with the full length magazine.  

Very cool.  I’ve had one as well.  I’ve had the .45-70 ELW with half mag, three-quarter mag. (pictured above) and full mag. as mentioned by 28 gauge.  What I’ve never had is a .33 ELW!  Why?  Certainly not because I don’t like .33’s.  Most around here know I like them plenty.  I have many .33’s here and many would describe them all as ELW’s.  And I wish they were.

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I have here an ELW 33 that’s not as high condition as above guns but a scarce variation,  20” EBFC7535-963F-4910-B5D6-6A5D3595AA11.jpegImage Enlarger

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I have here an ELW 33 that’s not as high condition as above guns but a scarce variation,  20” EBFC7535-963F-4910-B5D6-6A5D3595AA11.jpegImage Enlarger  

That is very nice.  I like the condition just fine.  Scarce!  I’ve paid attention to .33’s for my entire collecting career – and a variation like this comes along very rarely.  Thanks for posting.  I’m envious.

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Here’s a .33 lightweight currently for sale.  Interesting factory letter.

https://www.collectorsfirearms.com/winchester-1886-deluxe-lightweight-33-wcf-w10101/

The sight situation is confusing.  The letter states ordered with no rear sight seat, yet one sure seems present to me.

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That is a nice one! The sight seat appears to be in the correct space, it may be an error on person entering info as it states Lyman front and rear [rear being tang?] maybe a blank in seat? The owner says letters except for tang being added, I think the rear stated in letter is the tang sight and person entered the no seat incorrectly. I have one letter states, Sights; Lyman front, leaf and rear, rear being tang sight. That wouldn’t be a deal killer for me     

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cj57 said
That is a nice one! The sight seat appears to be in the correct space, it may be an error on person entering info as it states Lyman front and rear [rear being tang?] maybe a blank in seat? The owner says letters except for tang being added, I think the rear stated in letter is the tang sight and person entered the no seat incorrectly. I have one letter states, Sights; Lyman front, leaf and rear, rear being tang sight. That wouldn’t be a deal killer for me       

CJ –  that would be my most likely interpretation as well.  The hard part is it would likely be a deal killer for some – which could narrow the field of buyer’s when it comes time to sell.  Who knows, might be part of why it remains available.  Another detractor is it is a .33.  A lot of collectors can see themselves spending $7500 for a M1886 pretty quickly, but not in .33.  I found it a nice one as well. It’s a much more rare find than the same thing in a .45-70.

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Geez I’m getting to be the ’86 king of Southern Ontario , as I just re-purchased a first model s.r.c.ser.#19484  that I’d owned a while back, that now makes 3 s.r.c.’s and 2 rifles. I’m gonna have to part with something but I like ’em all so much

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Henry Mero said
Geez I’m getting to be the ’86 king of Southern Ontario , as I just re-purchased a first model s.r.c.ser.#19484  that I’d owned a while back, that now makes 3 s.r.c.’s and 2 rifles. I’m gonna have to part with something but I like ’em all so much  

Henry – does this required SRC have the full length forend?

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Henry Mero said
 as I just re-purchased a first model s.r.c.ser.#19484  

  Does it have the first model receiver with square corners and the extra hole in the upper tang? T/R

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steve004 said
Here’s a .33 lightweight currently for sale.  Interesting factory letter.

https://www.collectorsfirearms.com/winchester-1886-deluxe-lightweight-33-wcf-w10101/

The sight situation is confusing.  The letter states ordered with no rear sight seat, yet one sure seems present to me.  

Nice rifle, but the checkering on the pistol grip doesn’t look right to me.

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