Attached are some photos of an 86 which I have had over 30 years – I don’t think I have ever shared any photos of this gun on the Forum. In addition to being a case hardened deluxe it has the coveted matted barrel. John Madl research indicates there were only 206 matted barrel 86’s produced (all calibers) so it is a pretty rare gun. I have a copy of the ledger page for the gun (serial #109591) and I find it interesting that serial number 109592, next serial number in the sequence, and serial number 109588, 3 guns earlier, are all configured exactly the same. All 3 guns were shipped to the same order number and as you can see on the museum letter for my gun, “with 2 other arms”. The ledger entry for #109592, the gun following mine does not even have any information in the entry, just ditto marks in each column, indicating exactly as the previous gun. All 3 guns went to warehouse the same day, shipped the same day and as noted, went to the same order number. Even more perplexing is that all 3 guns were returned and repaired 2 different times. As we all know, it would be rare to have any indication of what was done on a R&R and the ledger entries on these 3 guns provides no information.
December 25, 2019
December 21, 2006
Henry Mero said
Burt; that is quite a piece You have there, a very handsome Winchester. What is meant by a Lyman front screwed barrel?
Henry – The Lyman front sight has been screwed to the barrel – see photo below. I prefer the screw holes on my Winchesters to have been done by the factory! Actually, I have had several early guns, various models, with the front sight being screwed to the barrel – not always noted in the records but probably correct. If you look, with as many guns as you have, you will probably have a couple.