Another highly innovative John M. Browning design, the Model 1887 shotgun is one of the most unusual actions ever made by Winchester. Production began in May of 1887 and it ended in March of 1899, with a total production of just 64,855 guns. The Model 1887 was replaced in June of 1901 by the modernized Model 1901.

The Model 1887 shotgun is a lever-action rolling block design, chambered in 12-gauge 2 ⅝” and 10-ga 2 ⅞” black powder shells only.

All Model 1887 shotguns have an elegant “WRA Co.” monogram engraved on the left side of the receiver frame, and were case color hardened.

Popular special order options were limited to high-grade checkered walnut stocks, shorter than standard barrel lengths, and the type of barrel steel. The standard barrel was a 30” or 32” rolled (fluid) steel, with an optional three-blade “Good” Damascus steel, or four-blade “Fine” Damascus steel available at extra cost.

Original Winchester factory and Polishing Room serialization records are available for this model (including the Model 1901) from the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody , Wyoming , from serial number 1 thru 17999.


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