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Jack 99
January 4, 2000, 05:07 PM
While I was in Idaho on vacation, I looked over my dad's old Winchester. Here's the description:

Model 1886, 45-90, octagon barrel, no bluing left on the gun, stock replaced around 1950, serial #51xxx, much pitting in the barrel but action seems good and solid.

Any info much appreciated.

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James K
January 9, 2000, 01:15 AM
That gun was made in 1891. They are fairly common, as about 160,000 were made through 1928. In top condition (like new) they can go for as high a $4000, but in the condition you describe the current value is only around $500 or less. The hard use and the non-original stock both detract from the collector value, and .45-90 ammo isn't readily available, which takes it out of the deer hunting category.

Jim

Jack 99
January 10, 2000, 12:21 PM
Thanks.