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1886 Winchester Extra Lightweight Takedown
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Do you have photos?  I assume .45-70.

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steve004 said
Do you have photos?  I assume .45-70.

  

45-90. Sorry, Having a tough time uploading pictures.

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From the photographs provided, you appear to have an original, non refinished Winchester 1886 rifle with the takedown feature, as mentioned, and with an appropriate capped pistol grip.  Your rifle would have been produced in 1920, as the polishing room records are accurate.  Madis’ data is notoriously erroneous.

Can you post more photographs of your rifle showing views from either side, especially the receiver and wood?

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Well I am certainly envious.  Very envious.  A few weeks ago we were discussing another .45-90 ELW that was on an internet auction.  It sold very well.  I wanted it, but would rather have yours. Here’s the link to the thread:

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-rifles/45-90/

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Nifty.

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By the way, this rifle looks right to me.  It’s a late production rifle.  All the wear matches well.  I think the front end and back end were together when this rifle was originally shipped.

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With the additional photographs, looks right as rain!  Takedown, capped pistol grip, and checkering in .45-90.  It’s one nice rifle!

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Oh my how soon we forget. Same one that was on GB. $10025.00 

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Oh my how soon we forget. Same one that was on GB. $10025.00 

  

Tom – you sure called that right.  For some reason, I had it in my head that the one on GB was a straight grip, so when I saw the pistol grip on this one, I thought it was a different rifle.  I was a bit surprised to see two .45-90 ELW come along so quickly.  Now I realize that didn’t happen  Embarassed

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Not sure if this is considered an ELW, but did you guys see this one on Gunbroker?

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/982464552

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deerhunter said
Not sure if this is considered an ELW, but did you guys see this one on Gunbroker?

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/982464552

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It is not an ELW… the 26-inch barrel makes it a Sporting Rifle.  All Model 1886 ELWs have a 22-inch barrel w/no dovetail for the front sight.

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By the way, this rifle looks right to me.  It’s a late production rifle.  All the wear matches well.  I think the front end and back end were together when this rifle was originally shipped.

  

Thank you!

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Well I am certainly envious.  Very envious.  A few weeks ago we were discussing another .45-90 ELW that was on an internet auction.  It sold very well.  I wanted it, but would rather have yours. Here’s the link to the thread:

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-rifles/45-90/

  

Thank you!  

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mrcvs said
With the additional photographs, looks right as rain!  Takedown, capped pistol grip, and checkering in .45-90.  It’s one nice rifle!

  

Thank you!

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Super gun! The only thing I see is the lower tang doesn’t fit the slot in stock to the end correctly

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Super gun! The only thing I see is the lower tang doesn’t fit the slot in stock to the end correctly

  

I noticed the same thing, but I think it’s actually a shadow in the photo.

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deerhunter said

cj57 said

Super gun! The only thing I see is the lower tang doesn’t fit the slot in stock to the end correctly

  

I noticed the same thing, but I think it’s actually a shadow in the photo.

Don

  

That had been my initial impression as well – until I enlarged the photo – I believe Don is correct.

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It is a nice gun all around. Only fit problem I see is it ain’t fitting in my safeCry. I was close but really felt that with my last bid it was already over the top dollar wise. But lovely gun in a super configuration. And Steve i am still cleaning the drool off my key board. 

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oldcrankyyankee said
It is a nice gun all around. Only fit problem I see is it ain’t fitting in my safeCry. I was close but really felt that with my last bid it was already over the top dollar wise. But lovely gun in a super configuration. And Steve i am still cleaning the drool off my key board. 

  

Sorry, just had to have this one!  It was calling me. I do genuinly apprciate all of teh feedback.  This one had me on the edge of my seat while bidding.

Many thanks again!

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