.50/100/450 caliber, 26" barrel, S/N 145596. A truly superb short tang Model 1886 received in warehouse March 17, 1909 and shipped the same day with eight special features including half-round/half-octagonal barrel, double set trigger, checkered pistol grip stock, Lyman gold bead front sight, half magazine, shotgun butt, takedown engraved $10 in style #6. If all this were not enough, this 'Big .50' comes with an interchangeable barrel caliber .38-70. With all features and engraved en suite with the 'Big .50'. The beautiful marbled walnut wood on this rifle is 2x as stamped on tang, but appears to be 4x in quality. Style #6 engraving is masterfully executed with beautiful scroll work. Panel scene of a stag on right and Rocky Mountain sheep on left standing in a Colorado-style landscape. All features verified by Winchester factory letter.
Wood retains nearly all of its original high polished factory varnish with perfect checkering. Receiver retains nearly 100% of its original bright bluing with no wear whatsoever. Hammer and lever retain nearly all their original vibrant case hardening. Barrel retains nearly 100% of its original bluing with perfect markings and engraving. Loading gate retains nearly 100% of its original blue. 'Big 50" barrel does have the usual minor marks forward of the take down lever from careless disassembly. Bore is as new and it is possible this rifle has only been test fired. Interchangeable barrel's steel parts retain nearly all of their original Winchester factory finish. Bore is excellent. Highly figured wood with one minor rub to varnish on right side. Checkering is almost perfect. This is quite possibly the only Big .50 1886 with matching interchangeable .38-70 barrel. With so many special features and pristine condition, this Winchester is a collector's prize.
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