Winchester® Model 1886 Short Rifle 45-70 Gov’t 24″ Barrel


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The strong and reliable action of the Winchester® Model 1886 was designed to handle the then-new, heavier 45-70 Govt. cartridge, developed by the U.S. Government in 1873. The Model 1886 Short Rifle features a deeply-blued receiver, barrel and lever, along with a matching blued steel end cap and steel crescent buttplate. The classic straight grip Grade I walnut stock allows quick shouldering, and has an elegant satin finish. The full-length tubular steel magazine holds six 45-70 Govt. cartridges. The receiver is drilled and tapped for the addition of an optional receiver sight.

A top-tang safety, adjustable rear buckhorn style sight and a gold bead Marble Arms® front sight complete the graceful profile of this historic model. Like the other historical rifle models, production is limited.


  • Walnut stock grade I, satin finish for deep grain beauty,
  • Straight grip for genuine good looks and fast handling
  • Steel crescent buttplate adds traditional look while protecting the buttstock
  • Full-length magazine provides balance, classic lines and higher capacity
  • Top-tang safety is easy to see and operate
  • Rebounding hammer provides added margin of safety
  • Marble Arms® front sight with brass bead for easier sighting
  • Adjustable rear sight gets you on target with any ammo
  • Steel loading gate for smoother loading
  • Barrel is button-rifled with recessed crown for ultimate accuracy
  • Receiver is drilled and tapped for traditional side mounted receiver sight


Action Lever Lever Throw Angle (Degrees) ~90
Canadian Legal Classification Non-Restricted Handedness Ambidextrous
Action Size Standard Ejection Right
Stock Material Black Walnut Grade I Stock Finish Satin
Recoil Pad Crescent Metal Adjustable Length of Pull No
Length of Pull (in) 13 1/4 Adjustable Comb or Cheekpiece No
Drop at Comb (in) 1 1/4 Drop at Heel (in) 1 1/4
Grip Type Straight Pistol Grip Cap N/A
Trigger Guard Material Steel Trigger Guard Engraving None
Lever Loop Standard Trigger Type Standard
Trigger Material Steel Trigger Finish Brushed Polish
Trigger Pull (lbs) ~6 Magazine Type Fixed Full-Length Tube
Magazine Capacity 8 Forend Material Black Walnut Grade I w/ Steel End Cap
Forend Finish Satin Receiver Material Steel
Receiver Finish Brushed Polish Safety Rear Receiver Mounted 2 Position Tang; Half-cock Hammer
Bolt Slide Finish Brushed Polish Optic Interface Drilled and Tapped for Side Mount
Rear Sight Fully Adjustable Buckhorn Front Sight Drift Adjustable Marble Arms Gold Dot
Barrel Material Steel Barrel Finish Brushed Polish
Barrel Countour Round Sporter Chamber Finish Polished
Twist Rate (in) 20 Rifling 6 Groove Button
Muzzle Device None Thread None
Overall Length (in) 43 Weight 8 lbs 6 oz
Accessory Interface None

Additional Information:

Game changer. With the introduction of the Winchester Model 1886 the world of lever actions was changed forever. No previous lever action ever handled as well. No previous lever was as strong. No other lever action ever offered chamberings in such powerful cartridges.

The new standard. A new standard was set, and it would be years before another lever action would even come close to the perfection of a Winchester 1886. The 1886 Winchester accompanied settlers all across America. It soon became the premier big game hunting rifle for North America. It was the rifle that became a Theodore Roosevelt favorite when he was a working cattleman in the Dakotas, years before he was President of the United States.

An always changing line-up. Today’s Model 1886 rifles come in versions and configurations that evolve over the years. And our offering for this year is an exceptional opportunity. As the line-up is changing all the time new models come and go in our production.

The quality finish is just the beginning. One thing is for sure, all are beautifully finished and made to the level of precision and quality that made the originals famous. The Model 1886 was the second John M. Browning design he created for Winchester. It was considered robust and accurate, and capable of handling the long, powerful black powder “buffalo” cartridges popular on the Western Plains. The 45-70 Government is the all-time classic chambering for this robust rifle design . . . more than a match for grizzly bear, bull elk and bison.

Item Number 534175142


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