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1886 rear sight.
November 4, 2019
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I never worried much about a gun that had better sights on it.  I have never seen an 1886 marked sight but really never looked for one.  I wonder if the leaf/ staff, is calibrated the same as the 1876?  In reality looks is what counts.  If you shoot the gun you always have to learn how your sight works at the different distances anyway.

November 4, 2019
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Chuck said
I never worried much about a gun that had better sights on it.  I have never seen an 1886 marked sight but really never looked for one.  I wonder if the leaf/ staff, is calibrated the same as the 1876?  In reality looks is what counts.  If you shoot the gun you always have to learn how your sight works at the different distances anyway.  

On this particular rifle Chuck, looks are paramount to me. I would still like to acquire or trade for a 1886 marked rear leaf.

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November 4, 2019
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 Chuck, The sights I have, both 1876 and 1886 are marked the same as to the leaf range marks. The only difference is the model / date mark. T/R

November 5, 2019
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The Madis sight book states that the year marking on the sight has to do with the model of the sight not the model of the gun it goes on.

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November 5, 2019
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Thanks for the info Bob. A friend has a high value lettered all original 86 DOM 1898 & I went & checked it today. It has a 1876 marked rear sporting leaf.

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November 5, 2019
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 AG, I spent some time with a dial caliper and the slide on the staff is wider on the 1876 model. The slider is .736" wide on the 1886 and .812" on the 1876. This is a outside dimension on the slider, the staff is the same size on both. Perhaps this is to compensate for barrel width, you use the slider to pull up the staff. I never noticed until I laid them along side each other. T/R

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Now there’s something I wouldn’t of thought of, but I don’t have a 1886 marked one to compare.

Thanks TR,

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  Ag, I corrected my last post, I changed the  1876 to 1886 on the .736" wide measurement. Also you have to keep in mind I only checked a few sights. Winchester has always made minor changes to their sight models over time in production for whatever reason. T/R 

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Thanks TR I knew it was a typo. I would like to acquire an 86 marked sight anyway. Lots of time....I hope!!

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 I have a very very nice 1886 original sight, it has 95% bright blue on the base and all the soft brushed blue on the staff and slider. This sight belongs on a very very nice 86. Because of it's condition I would ask $400. T/R

November 6, 2019
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Forgot I had the Pirkle book. This also explains it a little.

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AG said
Forgot I had the Pirkle book. This also explains it a little.

Highly perceptive that he revealed the ladder "was designed to be raised vertically."  I'd been a little confused about that.  You too, no doubt.

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clarence said

AG said
Forgot I had the Pirkle book. This also explains it a little.

Highly perceptive that he revealed the ladder "was designed to be raised vertically."  I'd been a little confused about that.  You too, no doubt.  

Haha. Probably would’ve figured it out eventually Clarence.

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