Original U.S. Winchester M1876 28" Octagonal Barrel .45-60 Big Game Rifle with Factory Letter made in 1885 - Serial 44786

Item Description

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:


Stocks are in very good condition, and are the lovely reddish-brown color of aged finished walnut. The forestock is in good shape, with just minor wear, and very attractive grain. The butt stock is also quite nice, with a lovely patina and grain. The crescent butt plate good shape with a working storage compartment.

This lever action repeater is offered with a crisp tight action in fully functional condition, with a working original dust cover. Metal work is good, with the original finish faded to a plum colored peppered patina. There are a few areas of rust spotting, but noting out of line with a rifle over 125 years in age. Bore is in good condition, with clear lands and grooves, and a partly bright finish with wear and past oxidation, probably a 6 out of 10.

An great example of an iconic big game hunting rifle, complete with a factory letter! These are hard to find in any condition. Fully cleaned and ready for display!

The Winchester Model 1876, or Centennial Model, was a heavier-framed rifle than the Models 1866 and 1873, the "Guns that Won the West." The new design was chambered for full-powered centerfire rifle cartridges suitable for big-game hunting, rather than the handgun-sized rimfire and centerfire rounds of its predecessors. While similar in design to the 1873, the 1876 was actually based on a prototype 1868 lever-action rifle that was never commercially produced by Winchester.

Introduced to celebrate the American Centennial Exposition, the Model 1876 earned a reputation as a durable and powerful hunting rifle. Four versions were produced: a 22-inch (56 cm) barrel Carbine, a 26-inch (66 cm) barrel Express Rifle with a half-length magazine, a 28-inch (71 cm) barrel Sporting Rifle, and a 32-inch (81 cm) barrel Musket. Standard rifles had a blued finish while deluxe models were casehardened. Collectors identify a first model with no dust cover, a second model with a dust cover rail fastened by a screw, and a third model with an integral dust cover. Total production was 63,871 including 54 One of One Thousand Model 1876s and only seven of the One of One Hundred grade.

Originally chambered for the new .45-75 Winchester Centennial cartridge (designed to replicate the .45-70 ballistics in a shorter case), versions in .40-60 Winchester, .45-60 Winchester and .50-95 Express followed; the '76 in the latter chambering is the only repeater known to have been in widespread use by professional buffalo hunters. The Canadian North-West Mounted Police used the '76 in .45-75 as a standard long arm for many years with 750 rifles purchased for the force in 1883; the Mountie-model '76 carbine was also issued to the Texas Rangers. Theodore Roosevelt used an engraved, pistol-gripped half-magazine '76 during his early hunting expeditions in the West and praised it. A '76 was also found in the possession of Apache warrior Geronimo after his surrender in 1886.

The Model 1876 toggle-link action receiver was too short to handle popular big-game cartridges, including the .45-70, and production ceased in 1897, as big-game hunters preferred the smoother Model 1886 action chambered for longer and more powerful cartridges.


Year of Manufacture: 1885
Caliber: .45-60 Winchester
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 28 Inches
Overall Length: 48 1/2 Inches

Action type: Lever Action Repeater
Feed System: 12-round tube magazine

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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