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… I’ll go first.  There are two top contenders for me.  The first, is the missing two rifles that are a match to the wonderful M1886 .45-70 Burt has with the matted barrel, special sights, etc. etc. etc.

Next, and very high on the list would be a pair of M1886 ELW’s I referenced in Tom’s .45-90 ELW thread.  The specific rifles were a consecutive numbered pair of M1886 ELW’s in .50-100-450. They are referenced in a summer, 2012 WACA article that focused on the .50-100-450 factory ledger documentation.  I’m pretty sure neither rifle has surfaced. 

I would love to examine these rifles.  One of my main motivations is I simply can’t fathom or picture how they were able to make up ELW’s in .50 caliber.  Burt expressed pessimism based on the sheer pragmatics of it.  I agree with him.  Which is why I’d love to be able to examine at least one of them.  

Any similar examples of what you would like to run into?   

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Quite honestly it’s probably two of the rifles in the rack on my dining room table right now. One is a very nice condition but otherwise unremarkable late Model 94 an old friend of mine once owned. The other is a nearly identical rifle made the year I was born. When the first rifle showed up recently I had to dig out the other. Nothing special about either one, except to me. 
I’m sorry, Steve. No Holy Grail out there for me. One possible exception may be a nice Single Shot in 32WCF, or maybe 38-55. Nothing fancy, just a solid shooter. I could also get interested in a nice Model 12 Skeet in 20 gauge. OTOH I’ve got a pretty pat hand just a few steps away, no need to go out beating the bushes.

 

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Steve, If I am reading you right, you should check out RIA upcoming premier auction. Matched set of carved and engraved 86″s with consecutive serial numbers. 

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Key phrase being “IF YOU COULD”, since the sky is the limit and the possibilities are endless. I’d hop in my time machine and walk up to the Winchester display at the 1876 Bi-centennial exposition and grab any pair off the display rack and hop back in my time machine. There is at least one rifle from that display that is worth over 1 Million on its own right. Probably want to grab a box or two of cartridges to go with it.

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Maverick said
Key phrase being “IF YOU COULD”, since the sky is the limit and the possibilities are endless. I’d hop in my time machine and walk up to the Winchester display at the 1876 Bi-centennial exposition and grab any pair off the display rack and hop back in my time machine. There is at least one rifle from that display that is worth over 1 Million on its own right. Probably want to grab a box or two of cartridges to go with it.

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I’ve had many time machine fantasies over the year – nearly all of them focused on Winchesters!  Your is a very fine one Cool

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Steve, If I am reading you right, you should check out RIA upcoming premier auction. Matched set of carved and engraved 86″s with consecutive serial numbers. 

  

I just checked out the RIA auction – WOW – what a matched pair of 86’s!  An amazing pair.  And, there are some other very nice 86’s in that auction as well.  Even a .50-100-450.  Speaking of that chambering, this takes me back to what inspired me to start this topic.  According to the factory records there are three .50-100-450 lightweight rifles made – two of them consecutive numbered. Yes, of course, I want to own them.  But short of that, I’d be thrilled to see one.  I really want to satisfy my curiosity.  I’m perplexed to understand how they could make a .50 caliber in a lightweight variation.  

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Well I guess the ultimate for Me would be a 1 of 1000 like the one at R.I.A., lot #1013, then a fine engraved ’66, lot#15

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steve004 said

oldcrankyyankee said

Steve, If I am reading you right, you should check out RIA upcoming premier auction. Matched set of carved and engraved 86″s with consecutive serial numbers. 

  

I just checked out the RIA auction – WOW – what a matched pair of 86’s!  An amazing pair.  And, there are some other very nice 86’s in that auction as well.  Even a .50-100-450.  Speaking of that chambering, this takes me back to what inspired me to start this topic.  According to the factory records there are three .50-100-450 lightweight rifles made – two of them consecutive numbered. Yes, of course, I want to own them.  But short of that, I’d be thrilled to see one.  I really want to satisfy my curiosity.  I’m perplexed to understand how they could make a .50 caliber in a lightweight variation.  

  

Steve-

I’ve been meaning to attend an RIA auction since they practically moved into my back yard. The chance to gaze upon some fancy 1886’s up close and personal would certainly be worth my time. Thanks!

 

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