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 Post subject: Winchester 1886 shotgun
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 11:55 pm 
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A friend of mine asked me to find out as much as I can about this gun. We know it is a rolling block and that it uses 2,5" black powder shells. Can anyone tell me more about it? A guy he works with just got this from his grandma. And he wants to find out as much as he can about his grandfathers gun. Any info would be great!!


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1886 shotgun
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 5:57 am 
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Are you sure of the facts? Winchester made a Model 1887 lever action that was made on Browning's patent. They were designed to shoot black powder shothells. The 12ga version has a 2 7/8 inch chamber and the 10ga version has a 2 7/8 inch chamber. These guns were made in two grades, Field & Deluxe. The Field guns have fluid steel barrels and the Deluxe has Damascus barrels and a higher grade checkered stock. The M1887 was produced from 1887 until 1901(about 65,000 made) when it was replaced by the M1901. The M1901 was an improved version of the M1887. Designed for 2 7/8 inch smokless ammo, the M1901 came in two grades, also.

There were some smooth bored M1886 rifles made for exibition shooters that shot either 45/70 shot shells or .410 shot shells. Annie Oakley used this type of rifle to shoot air targets inside a tent with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. If you have one of these special order guns, please, PM me.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1886 shotgun
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 11:04 am 
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It's the "rolling block" part that has me stumped, which really isn't all that difficult :D

If it was a falling block, I would say it's an 1885 High Wall of some sort, but when I think rolling block, I think Remington first.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1886 shotgun
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 12:14 pm 
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Sounds like a Winchester Model 1887 lever action shotgun to me.....

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1886 shotgun
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 7:18 pm 
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I have not seen this gun yet they did shoot some 2.75"' shells in it. I need to go see it for myself. But it is marked as model 1886 12ga. It is a lever action. I am not sure they know the difference bettween a rolling and falling block. On another site I was told that it was 2.5"chamber. If I get a chance to get over there I will take my camera along and take some pics. So when I find out more I will post it. Thanks for the replys!


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1886 shotgun
PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 8:22 am 
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Show us a picture. It sounds like an 1887 lever action gun. I think you are confusing the patent date with the model number. By the way, I hope the shells you used were BLACK POWDER loads!

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