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I'm new and I know it! Any answers or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I've done some basic research and I have an idea of what I have. It was manufactured in 1907 and 2869 were made that year. I've seen measurements that don't fit what I have for a barrel length. From tip to tip the barrel is 23 1/2" long and it has the short version of the tube loader. I've had the thing for a number of years and it's time to lighten the load. I'm looking for help determining a fair value for the gun. It has had modifications so it is no longer a collector's item but it is in dang good shape. A box of 20 rounds cost me $85 10 years ago so it doesn't get fired much! Again, any help would be appreciated.

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Dave
 

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Greetings from the GREAT WHITE NORTH and welcome to the forum . Check out Gun broker .com or the gun values board or Google it and you will find the answers you seek .


Good luck and good shooting .
 

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Welcome aboard my cow pasture. Winchester 86's are some of the greatest rifles ever made. Before you assume, dangerous word, the rifle has been modified get an appraisal. That appraisal will have to be hands on. See the problem with the old Winchesters is if you could write it they would likely make it for you. Barrel lengths and stock cuts are a prime example of that statement. At one time Winchester was in business to make money selling guns to customers that wanted them. So you could be sitting on a rifle worth thousands of dollars, OR hundreds of dollars. I hope for your sake it is the former.
 

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Greetings and Salutations.

I copied your post and put the copy in our Collector's Corner forum. You'll probably get more detailed responses there.
 

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Welcome from South East PA. If it is inherited, doesn't it have sentimental
value? To me no gun is worth getting rid of. Especially one that is inherited.
I have my grandfathers old Damascus hammer type double barrel. Of course
it can't be fired, But I'm passing it on to my boys when I go. If I were you
I would keep it, modified or not. Just my opinion.
Doug
 

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Welcome from Missouri, I would keep that bad boy, but that's me.
 

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That is the last of the Great 1886 Winchesters, It is also the first .338 Caliber Winchester. This a .45-70 necked down to the .338 caliber. These were known as the "Lightning" models. They had shorter lighter barrels and 1/2 magazines. Even a rough 1886 brings a high price. Many owners reform .45-70 brass and cast lead flat nose bullets. The ammunition was discontinued in 2002. The 1886 .33 caliber is like a candle in wind. Only collectors will own them. :wink:

Winchester 1886 .33 WCF caliber rifle for sale
 
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