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Was just looking thru Gunbroker and noticed an 86 with a stainless barrel. Legit? If so how many of these were made? 

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Here’s the link for anyone that wants to see it:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/945808323

I suppose it is legit.  It seems to me about any Winchester that was manufactured during that brief period where they produced stainless steel rifles, could be had with a stainless barrel.  I have seen M1895’s with stainless barrels and come to think of it, I think I have even seen a Model 1873.

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Nice rifle, but for a $20,000 starting price, very few collectors can afford it. I have a somewhat scarce stainless bbl. M52 and it cost me $2,500, way more than the average M52. Stainless rifles come in most models before 1931 when the new owner pulled the plug on stainless rifles. Big Larry

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I like it, awesome amount combination of condition and features. Doubt I’ll ever see another one and willing to bet I won’t see one nicer. Just can’t do that price. It may be right but I just can’t do it.

 

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Was just looking thru Gunbroker and noticed an 86 with a stainless barrel. Legit? If so how many of these were made? 

  

That is the (1) of (8) late production Model 1886 rifles that has been surveyed with a Stainless Steel barrel, and Yes, it is legit. 

While Stainless Steel barrels are not common, they are not exactly rare either.  The term “uncommon” is a more accurate analogy.  Thus far, all (8) the Model 1886 rifles that have been identified are in the 155768 – 158656 serial number range.

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I like it, awesome amount combination of condition and features. Doubt I’ll ever see another one and willing to bet I won’t see one nicer. Just can’t do that price. It may be right but I just can’t do it.

 

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That’s just the way I see it.

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Bert H. said

oldcrankyyankee said

Was just looking thru Gunbroker and noticed an 86 with a stainless barrel. Legit? If so how many of these were made? 

  

That is the (1) of (8) late production Model 1886 rifles that has been surveyed with a Stainless Steel barrel, and Yes, it is legit. 

While Stainless Steel barrels are not common, they are not exactly rare either.  The term “uncommon” is a more accurate analogy.  Thus far, all (8) the Model 1886 rifles that have been identified are in the 155768 – 158656 serial number range.

Bert

  

Bert – did you already have this rifle in your survey before it popped up on Gunbroker?

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No I did not… it was a new entry for the survey.  I have pre-constructed searches set on Gunbroker, and I get email notifications when something like this pops up.  I entered it in the survey less than 2-days ago.

The pictures below are two M1886 rifles with Stainless Steel barrels in 33 WCF;

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Know I can’t shell out anywhere near that 20K for that… lets see if it sells for that.

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Oh, I think that their are a few models with stainless bbls. that are quite rare. 02’s and 04s come to mind, with the possibility of some Thumb triggers. Stainless was never a big seller and lots of these bbls. were left over when they were discontinued in 1931. Lots of these bbls. were sold on the open market and eventually made into stainless rifles. Factory stainless rifles are, of course, worth more than a private gunsmith put together. Trick is, telling them apart. Other scarce rifles with factory stainless bbls. include the M56 and M57’s. I think they also did M1890’s, 1906’s, M61’s and M62’s. probably others exist too.  Big Larry

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Larry,

All Winchester Models that were in production from late 1926 through 1931 were available with a Stainless Steel barrel, including the shotgun models. I have found dozens of Model 54, 55, and 94s with S.S. barrels. What is rare is a Model 97 shotgun.

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I have seen models 90, 06, 53, 55, 73, 94 with them, I have a 94 carbine with one

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No interest here, we collect OB with CB…doubt it will sell at that price…Bill

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Bert H. said
Larry,

All Winchester Models that were in production from late 1926 through 1931 were available with a Stainless Steel barrel, including the shotgun models. I have found dozens of Model 54, 55, and 94s with S.S. barrels. What is rare is a Model 97 shotgun.

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Winchester made rifles (and some shotguns) with stainless steel barrels for about a five year period.  I wonder if other gun manufacturers had thoughts of testing the stainless waters too?  I can’t recall hearing of any Marlin, Savage or Remington stainless barrels?

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