The Model 1886 action’s design is another result of the genius of John M. Browning and is generally recognized as one of the finest actions ever developed.
Nearly 160,000 model 1886s were produced from 1886 until 1935. Offered in rifle, carbine and musket configurations, there were two variations referred to as First and Second Models. Muskets and early carbines had full length forends and are considered rare.
Model 1886 Calibers:
Today’s collectors love the Model 1886 as they were available with many special order features and Winchester factory records are generally complete for this model.
Original Winchester factory records are available for this model from the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming, from serial number 1 thru 156999, except 146000 thru 150799.
Videos of Interest:
The Winchester Model 1886 Lever Action Rifle
The Winchester Model 1886 Lightweight Takedown Rifle