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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
The Model 1886 lever action repeating rifle was developed to handle powerful center fire cartridges. Based on a Browning patent (U.S. 306,577), with improvements by Winchester master designer William Mason, the Model 1886 incorporated strong vertical bolt locks and a very smooth action. Magazine capacity varied depending on magazine length and cartridge caliber (cartridges ranged from .33 W.C.F. to .50/110 Express). Receivers were casehardened until 1901, when blued finish became standard.
This prototype incorporates Browning and Mason designs and is almost identical to the final production Model 1886. Minor differences include a receiver which is approximately 1/2-inch shorter, a more forward mounted hammer, slight difference in tang shape, circular opening in bolt top, and one extra screw and hole in left side of receiver.
Cataloged by BCD 4/91. Cartridge lifter does not work, and bolt does not push hammer to full cock. Old number W2038 is incorrect.
Model 1886 Prototype
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.