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May 8, 2021 - 2:40 pm
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And I mean (to me of course) just pure beautiful.  Stunning.  I am in love with the features, condition, configuration – you name it.  I would take a piece like this over an octagon barreled, crescent butt rifle any day of the week.  It hurts to look at this for me – the desire is that high:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/898475135

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I can see how easy it is to like this Clean, Honest Rifle! It is Beautiful! It’s Rifles like that, we hold out and wait for! Good Luck! Show us pics when you get it! Lol!!!Smile  

Trust me – if I were seriously looking at pursuing this rifle, I wouldn’t have posted it here.  However, it’s not like Chayn’s rifles stay secret.

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It is without a doubt an very nice Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Rifle… however, it does Not have “7 special order features (8 including the Lyman sight)“. Instead, it has just (1) special order feature… “Smokeless”. Everything else about the rifle was standard for the Extra Lightweight rifle variation as cataloged by Winchester.

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Bert H. said
It is without a doubt an very nice Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Rifle… however, it does Not have “7 special order features (8 including the Lyman sight)“. Instead, it has just (1) special order feature… “Smokeless”. Everything else about the rifle was standard for the Extra Lightweight rifle variation as cataloged by Winchester.

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I caught that too Bert. But, many out there will not. For example, most collectors up here still refer to the takedown on a rifle as a “special order” while we know it was not, a TD Rifle is a TD Rifle, and a distinct variation of the Model.  It will take a very long time, if ever, to change the vocabulary out there. And, the more “special order” features a seller can rattle off, the more desirable that gun becomes right? Up hill battle.

That said, I know the seller, very good guy, and yes, a very good reputation.

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Very nice indeed, bidding hasn’t even warmed up yet. Any ideas where it will wind up?

 

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That’s a beauty all right, be a nice additional to any collection. 

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Winchester Model 1873 44-40 circa 1886

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Almost looks too good to be true.

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TXGunNut said
Very nice indeed, bidding hasn’t even warmed up yet. Any ideas where it will wind up?

 

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We should turn it into a contest to see who can come closest to the hammer price. 

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Kevin Jones said

We should turn it into a contest to see who can come closest to the hammer price.   

I’m thinking $11K.

 

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Almost looks too good to be true.  

A lot of his guns are that way.  I’m not suggesting they’re not true – they just are that nice.  He is able to acquire very desirable rifles in very desirable condition.  He’s had a whole lotta rifle over the years that I’ve drooled over.

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TXGunNut said

I’m thinking $11K.

 

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I’ll go with $11,001  😉

To me, this rifle is beautiful in many ways.  It’s not just the condition.  This rifle is timeless.  I believe it as relevant and functional/pragmatic today as the day it was made.  Here is is, 2021, can you name anything modern available in stores today that would be better.  You can go buy a new Marlin .45-70, Henry .45-70, etc. and you would have no advantage over this, “vintage piece.”  This would be one fabulously handy piece to hunt with, chambered in a cartridge that would take anything this continent has to offer (and most other continents as well).  

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Bert H. said
It is without a doubt an very nice Model 1886 Extra Lightweight Rifle… however, it does Not have “7 special order features (8 including the Lyman sight)“. Instead, it has just (1) special order feature… “Smokeless”. Everything else about the rifle was standard for the Extra Lightweight rifle variation as cataloged by Winchester.

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I still believe that this gun was ordered this way.  Special or otherwise, in stock or not. 

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I’ll say $12,300!

Too much in my opinion but he typically gets all there is ($) out of a rifle and then some. 

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A lot of his guns are that way.  I’m not suggesting they’re not true – they just are that nice.  He is able to acquire very desirable rifles in very desirable condition.  He’s had a whole lotta rifle over the years that I’ve drooled over.  

 Craig loves the hobby, does the big shows, knows what he’s looking at, and works set up day. He puts a lot of effort into finding nice guns in plain view. Many collectors look at the same gun “Kick the tires” but aren’t willing to pay the price. He’s got a lot of money in these nice guns and not afraid to take a chance. I’ve seen him take a loss, no safety net. T/R

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Craig’s a great guy, was speaking with him last night. I’ve never seen his collection, but the guns he puts up are generally exemplary rifles. And like TR stated above, I can gather from our conversations he does spend A LOT of time traveling and working hard for his guns. 

It is a stunning ELW. If I still collected them, I’d be in on it.  I don’t say it too loudly, but I’ve been picking up more Marlins than my old Winchesters these days.

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The rust on the upper left receiver would be ok if left alone but the botched attempt at removing it is a big negative in my view. 

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The rust on the upper left receiver would be ok if left alone but the botched attempt at removing it is a big negative in my view.   

I will agree.  However, in a rare burst of positivism from me, I would say these few condition blemishes would reduce my anxiety were I carrying the rifle in the woods and (carefully) hunting with it.

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I will agree.  However, in a rare burst of positivism from me, I would say these few condition blemishes would reduce my anxiety were I carrying the rifle in the woods and (carefully) hunting with it.  

Agreed. I generally like to get a new toy out on a hunt or two, and I wouldn’t feel quite as nervous carrying it.  I also, for some reason, really like the look of a plain, pistol grip on a rifle.

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 Several years ago I bought a 1950 standard model 70 in 270 wcf. The gun was very close to new condition, paid $1700 and took it hunting, I was like a kid with a new toy. It still is a nice gun and I carefully use it, no regrets. The gun is still worth what I paid for it.

 This 86 is at a different level of collecting, much higher price, much older, and rarer. That beautiful 86 does not belong in the woods!  This gun is rare by condition and if that condition changes the value will plummet. The only reason you see the blemishes is because the rest of the gun is so nice, 5% of the blue worn off and you wouldn’t notice. Most dealers would have rubbed some secret sauce on the blems and you wouldn’t have seen it until you shined a bright light on it. T/R

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I also liked the looks of that uncheckered pistol grip.  So the ’86 didn’t sell for too bad a price – $7590.  Anyone here, “Alice55”?   That (he or she?) was the winner.  Whoever you are Alice, you got a very nice rifle.

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