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isutoad
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USA
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Posted - 03/31/2018 :  5:14:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Got a Winchester Model 1886 from my dad who got it from his dad. Story goes my grandfather bought the rifle as a 40-82 but shells would not work. Took back and gunsmith who said it was marked wrong at the factory and remarked it to a 45-70. Thatís what it is today. Can this be true.

1873man
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Posted - 03/31/2018 :  5:54:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I highly doubt the factory would incorrectly mark the barrel. I would think if your grandfather bought it new and found out it was marked wrong he would of exchanged it for a different gun. It was a expensive gun back then as they are today. The first thing I would do is contact the Cody Museum and have them check the factory records to see how it left the factory. The only catch is they don't have all the records for the 86. They have 1-145999 and 150800-156599.

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Edited by - 1873man on 03/31/2018 6:00:34 PM
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charliemeyer007
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Posted - 03/31/2018 :  8:04:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have seen a fair number of marked wrong or oddball things from the factories so it could be true - close inspection would give away a re marked, a new barrel at that time would be harder to detect.
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Bert H.
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Posted - 03/31/2018 :  8:26:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Bob... Winchester would have never allowed a Model 1886 to leave the factory with a mismarked barrel. If the barrel is marked "40-82 W.C.F.", that is the caliber/cartridge it was originally built as. It is not uncommon to find old Winchester rifles that have been rebored to a larger caliber.


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1873man
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Posted - 03/31/2018 :  8:46:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Once the barrel was made and chambered at the factory I would think it would of been stamped with the caliber at that point. Then the barrel went to get proofed by putting it in a fixture and proof firing it, At that time the guy doing it would noticed the discrepancy.

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Grass Range
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Posted - 04/06/2018 :  10:07:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Have someone who knows how do a chamber cast so you will know if it has been rechambered
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