I posted a similar message a number of years ago but thought I’d try again. I’m trying to locate my Great Grandfather’s rifle. After my father died I sold it in 1998 to the Old Sacramento Armory and later saw it on eBay when they still had gun listings. I didn’t realize the family’s history with it and years later I found an old picture with my grandfather and that rifle. It may have been owned by his father as well. Anyway, I’d like to find it and buy it back. I’m not a collector. This is for sentimental reasons only. Here’s a description as I remember it: Winchester 1886 serial number 16864. It is a 40-82 with an octagonal barrel and a shortened magazine. It had double set triggers. The receiver was mottled and the left side drilled for a sight. It had a pop up sight on the stock. The stock color was very dark, almost black. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. Dann.
December 19, 2006
I’m sorry I can’t favorably reply to your search but I would recommend putting the guns serial number in your title.
Such as: Looking for a specific Winchester 1886 40-82 Ser. No. 16864
That way it will be visible to those that don’t open your thread. Might jog some one’s memory also.
Good luck and I hope you find your great grandfathers M1886. That sure would be neat.
September 22, 2011
I would order a factory letter by serial number just to verify the features correspond with this serial number. If they don’t, then the rifle as you recall may not be one and the same, unless these modifications were post manufacture, which is possible but unlikely. Except for the receiver sight, which might be post manufacture or could be original to the rifle, such as a “Climbin’ Lyman” #21 receiver sight.
November 7, 2015
An inquiry will cost less and will provide the same information.