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1886 Question
May 8, 2013
3:00 pm
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Hi everyone. A few years ago I inherited an 1886. I was hoping you all could take a look for me and let me know what you think a (ballpark) value would be...

I believe this to be an extra light-weight sporting standard edition in .38-56, mfg. in 1891 (since the serial number is 56077). I don't have a bore light, but with a flashlight there doesn't appear to be any pitting and the rifling seems (to my inexperienced eye) to be pretty good. Sorry the pictures aren't the best...

So what do you think?


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May 8, 2013
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Welcome to the forum. Inheriting 1886s is how it starts, and then pretty soon you're buying other ones to keep it company, then you get interested in ammo boxes, and old gun sights and then reloading.....

I don't know a lot about the Extra Light Weight or Extra Light Weight "Take Down" Rifles.

According to the Winchester Catalog of 1896 ELWs are:
"22" Round Nickel Steel Barrel, Full or Half Magaizine, Plain Trigger, Shotgun Butt Stock, Rubber Butt Plate, Blued Trimmings, .45-70 Caliber Only.."
There are probably some rare variations or maybe the rare caliber other than .45-70.

Could be a nice rifle based on your pictures and from what I can see here. My guess would be standard Sporting Rifle. If you have a nice bore that's a big plus too. Someone more knowledgeable than me will chime in.

Good luck,


Brad Dunbar


May 9, 2013
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Congrats , interesting Caliber Yes its a standard Sporting Rifle that I prefer over the lightweight .Lightweight mentality and Winchesters offerings became more common a little later , at around the turn of the century. 86's are wonderful guns , but as Brad says now you will have to buy other models to compare ! Model 92 is a scaled down version in milder, easier to find ammo and brass, due to resurgence in popularity of Cowboy ActionShooting the last few years

Buy a cheap little light with the bulb part on a flexable wire, stick it down muzzle, and look from breech end , Especially at bottom at the start of rifling for pitting indication.



May 10, 2013
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Thanks for the information!

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