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O/T In need of a Winchester rifle expert

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Ohio Bob, Feb 20, 2008.

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  1. Ohio Bob

    Ohio Bob Member

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    I looked at a 1876 tonight. It was in pretty fair condition, 40-60 cartridge, octagon barrel, cresent buttplate. No case colors, more gray steel than anything and the wood was in good shape with a half magazine. Here is the kicker, the barrel has been bobbed to 20 inches. The original sight was reinstalled to complete the job. This was done a very long time ago. The barrel is stamped, "Browning Bros. Ogden U.T." I assume for Utah Territory. There is a tag on the gun saying this was 1 of 225 guns delivered to Browning for royalties. What would this thing be worth? I have the opportunity to buy it. I don't know enough about these old guns to know. Serial number is in the 55xxx range. It was purchased several years ago by the current owner in Kansas.

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    OB
     
  2. IM390

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    There was just a recent article in "GUNS" magazine about this calibre. It is not the ideal collector gun inspite of the age, etc. I believe the article was about the guns that won the west. Price is up to you... you want any gun from this era or you just want a piece of history?
     
  3. blackbear-57

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    I have seen 2 Winchester 1876 Rifles sell in the last year. Both were in original condition but were a later model. They were priced at $3000 ea. A '76 even if the barrel has been cut seems to bring $1500. The Browning Bros. stamp will add value but the cut barrel and sight change will detract. In my opinion without seeing it I would put it in the $2000 range. Some people will pay more for the historical value but the cut barrel hurts. You can look up '76 Winchesters in the Winchester Book by George Madis. I hope this helps. Steve
     
  4. Ohio Bob

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    Thanks to all. I appreciate your response and will take it all into consideration.

    OB
     
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