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As title states I’m curious of the date nickel steel barrels were introduced on 86’s. I am sure it’s been brought up previously but I lost my mind trying to back old treads. So before I get brow beat I offer apologies up front.

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Nickel Steel barrels could have been provided as early as 1895, but most likely were not available on any of the Model 1886 rifles except the Extra Light Weight rifles.  Of course, the 33 WCF rifle were made with Nickel Steel barrels when they were introduced in 1902.

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Nickel Steel barrels could have been provided as early as 1895, but most likely were not available on any of the Model 1886 rifles except the Extra Light Weight rifles.  Of course, the 33 WCF rifle were made with Nickel Steel barrels when they were introduced in 1902.

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Thank you Bert. That helps in making sense of this 86 I’m looking at as it is a ELW from ’97. 

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I have a ELW from 1897 with the “Nickel Steel” marking, I think the 1896 catalog started offering the ELW and were pricy! 

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I have a ELW from 1897 with the “Nickel Steel” marking, I think the 1896 catalog started offering the ELW and were pricy! 

  

hey cj57 could you and oldcrankyyankee tell me the month your extra light was produced in 1897? I have been collecting data on the early nickel steel guns. I have documented standard weight rifles produced in 1897  with the nickel steel.

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Here it is, February 97, early letter, no polishing room info

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cj57 said
Here it is, February 97, early letter, no polishing room info

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I added this one, Thank you very much

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Jeremy Scott. said

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I have a ELW from 1897 with the “Nickel Steel” marking, I think the 1896 catalog started offering the ELW and were pricy! 

  

hey cj57 could you and oldcrankyyankee tell me the month your extra light was produced in 1897? I have been collecting data on the early nickel steel guns. I have documented standard weight rifles produced in 1897  with the nickel steel.

  

Sorry but I haven’t purchased the gun in reference yet so I don’t have details. Currently my earliest nickel barrel is a 1899 manufactured deluxe rifle in 45-90.

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Jeremy Scott. said

cj57 said

Here it is, February 97, early letter, no polishing room info

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I added this one, Thank you very much

  

CJ – love the gun and love the letter!

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steve004 said

Jeremy Scott. said

cj57 said

Here it is, February 97, early letter, no polishing room info

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I added this one, Thank you very much

  

CJ – love the gun and love the letter!

  

Steve, Thank you very much! I like it because it’s pre98 and before they standardized the ELW as a rifle variation, calling Special Light Weight

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