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Receiver sight on Winchester 1886
May 30, 2021
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Any ideas as to what this sight is and when it dates from?  Unfortunately, unlikely to be “period” for a Winchester 1886.

Then the question is what to do with this otherwise very nice rifle?244CF885-91AD-4AAB-8F57-2CA14B5C07CB.jpegImage EnlargerF0F464D9-6B03-490C-9F1B-88C0BFB55796.jpegImage Enlarger

May 30, 2021
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mrcvs said
Any ideas as to what this sight is and when it dates from?  Unfortunately, unlikely to be “period” for a Winchester 1886.

Then the question is what to do with this otherwise very nice rifle? 

Only period correct rcvr sight would be a Lyman 21/38.  Later, Lyman & others introduced sights that would fit any flat-sided rcvr, but they’re all as clunky looking as this one, made by one of the small makers aiming to undercut Lyman prices.

Two plug screws wouldn’t look bad–certainly better than this.

May 30, 2021
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I suspected the Lyman 21 sight would be the only period appropriate one.  Might just send this one to auction.  Otherwise, it’s a beautiful rifle but this really hurts it!

May 30, 2021
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mrcvs said
  Might just send this one to auction.

Even if you do that, you’re wiser to put in some well-fitting plug screws first–like I said, they don’t mar the appearance of the gun as much as that clunky sight!  (Unless there’s some botch-job hidden by the sight.)

I wouldn’t mind owning such a gun at all, if it was otherwise satisfactory.

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It’s a .45 70 ELW rifle with PG and checkering, TD, 1/2 magazine in nearly 100% condition, except someone elected to ruin it with this sight…

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mrcvs said
It’s a .45 70 ELW rifle with PG and checkering, TD, 1/2 magazine in nearly 100% condition, except someone elected to ruin it with this sight…  

It sounds like a beautiful rifle, with one hitch.  I had a ’92 SRC in .44-40 that was in similar original condition.  All was was perfect… except it has that same sight.  I ultimately let it go and kept two other .44-40 SRC’s that I had.  They weren’t in nearly as nice condition but they had no alterations.  

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mrcvs said
It’s a .45 70 ELW rifle with PG and checkering, TD, 1/2 magazine in nearly 100% condition, except someone elected to ruin it with this sight…  

It sounds like a beautiful rifle, with one hitch.  I had a ’92 SRC in .44-40 that was in similar original condition.  All was was perfect… except it has that same sight.  I ultimately let it go and kept two other .44-40 SRC’s that I had.  They weren’t in nearly as nice condition but they had no alterations.    

That’s ultimately why I’ve decided to let it go.

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That’s ultimately why I’ve decided to let it go.  

Sent you a message.

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For the record, here’s how this gun letters:

 

Rifle

.45/70

Barrel type:  Round

Barrel length 22 inches

Takedown

Extra Light

Trigger: Plain

Plain, pistol grip, checkered 

Winchester High Velocity 

Shotgun butt, rubber

Received in warehouse 11 June 1903

Shipped from warehouse 12 June 1903 order number 187649

Repair & Return on October 8, 1906 order number 8982

It would be nice to “reason” that the R & R was for the receiver sight and sling swivels, but, unfortunately, I think the receiver sight dates to far later than 1906.

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