Original U.S. Winchester M1876 28″ Octagonal Barrel .45-60 Big Game Rifle with Factory Letter made in 1885 – Serial 44786
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Original Item: Only One Available. If you were looking to do some big game hunting with Teddy Roosevelt out in the “Old West”, this is just what you need! This very fine example of the “Second Model” Winchester Model 1876 rifle is in the large .45-60 Winchester caliber, with a 28″ octagonal barrel and full length magazine tube. Teddy Roosevelt’s Model 1876, on the other hand, was one of those with the half octagonal barrel and half length magazine tube, and his gun was significantly more ornamented.
Correctly marked with the caliber .45 – 60 on the feed block and above the chamber, the rifle bears serial number is 44786 denoting the year of manufacture as 1885. This rifle also comes with an original factory letter from the Cody Firearms Museum, who now houses the original Winchester factory records. These indicate that the order was received in the warehouse and shipped on April 28, 1885 as part of order 20400. Unfortunately there is no other information available for the serial number.
The engraving on top of the barrel is still mostly clear:
WINCHESTER’S-REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN CT.
KING’S-IMPROVEMENT-PATENTED-MARCH 29.1866. OCTOBER 16.1860.
Stocks are in very good condition, and are the lovely reddish-brown…