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received letter for my 1886. #15666530 01/16/21
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Requested a letter for a Winchester model 1886 I purchased a few years ago. The rifle was rebarreled with a factory winchester 24" lightweight barrel in 33 wcf and the magazine shortened.

According to the letter the rifle was built in September of 1891.
Type: rifle
Caliber: 45/90
Barrel type: Round
Trigger: Plain

I had a pretty good idea it was a standard round barrel rifle just didn't know what caliber it was. I like knowing now what it was originally.

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Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: 1911a1] #15666877 01/17/21
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v interesting

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That’s cool, a piece of history. Do you shoot it??

Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: hanco] #15668656 01/17/21
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Originally Posted by hanco
That’s cool, a piece of history. Do you shoot it??



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Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: 1911a1] #15702299 01/25/21
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now that's old school!

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man i thought those specs in the letter sounde familiar mine was made september 7 1891
45/90 caliber octagon barrel converted to 45-70 octagon heavy barrel
plain trigger 1/2 mag
serial #606xx
maybe we have brothers!!
and i do shoot it! wish i could post picts.

Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: 1911a1] #15725947 01/31/21
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Pretty Cool! Nice stuff! That's neat you are able to take game with it and use the tool for it's intended purpose!

Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: 1911a1] #15726901 01/31/21
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Bleated congrats on the letter! Moreover, congrats on a nice 1886 in any context! These Browning masterful design veterans, century+quarter later, still viable and emulated in new production!!! What kind of a record is that as well; another feather in John M's cap!

Yours, a gun to be proud of! Factory new barrel and functionally "improved" as moving to newer/stronger "Smokeless" barrel steel! Sad in context of moved to a nowadays (wrongfully - my opinion) obsolete chambering. The .33 Win a respectable cartridge and better as all round heavier chambering performer than some of the 'lingering lot' of 'also rans'! Ironically, my prior conjuring of shooting these 'but for ammo prices', in context of custom stuff available. Nowadays, just about everything with availability issues as yet often second of pricing! Such the nowadays 'but for' shooting factor!

I'm with several original1886 models, from 1903, 1905 & 1920 manufacture; takedown, solid frame and solid-full mag, respectively. All in .33 Winchester. Two of which in the same configuration resembling yours and other as noted magazine. All 3 with 24" barrels.
My appreciation for the '86 design reflected in also acquiring a Browning '86 Carbine, Miroku faithful reproduction, product of the early nineties. Also a Winchester current production '86 with the 'ugh', but somewhat acceptable tang safety.
So here, much verbiage to say the short of it; a Model 1886 fan if simply overshadowed by 'pre 64 Models 70 & Models 54; so many & so little time!
Incidentally, if you didn't know, your rifle year of 1891, year production of 13,877 rifles alleged.

My three originals, quik pix below.
Best & Stay Safe!
John

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Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: 1911a1] #15733265 02/01/21
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Good deal Clay. I’m not so fortunate. My 1886 33 WCF was made in 1920. No records exist. Love hunting with mine as do you.


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Thats a very nice rifle congratulations. I can't see well enough for the iron sights anymore

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Re: received letter for my 1886. [Re: 1911a1] #15795848 02/16/21
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Thanks for the responses fellows. I know Godogs57 has taken at least one whitetail with his super clean 33 WCF "86.

iskra, that is a great collection of '86s.

A 'fire member Muledeer aka: John Barsness wrote an article in the Dec-Jan 2017 edition of Handloader magazine that has a wealth of info for taking 33 WCFs out of mothballs and using them,


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