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Old 12-06-2013, 03:35 AM   #1
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I today I had a gift passed down to me. A real deal model 1886 45-90. The serial is mid 5000. It was shipped in 1891. I will post pics soon. From what I've seen on the antique collection posts these are going from $2500 to 25,000. I'm going to get this thing appraised tomorrow. It's the darker one in the middle with the octagon barrel.

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My question is how to restore the wood and metal. Not sure I want to until I get it appraised, I don't want to de-value it. Minor discoloration on metal but not rust. Fully functional, lever action.

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just oil the metal clean the bore and lightly oil it.

leave the wood alone

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Your rifle appears to be an interesting 1886 45-90 and is a valuable find. I saw one in like condition sell for $3,200 dollars last month. Any attempts to improve this rifle's finish can lower the value substantially .

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just oil the metal clean the bore and lightly oil it. leave the wood alone
I think I'll do that . Old school stuff is not my area of knowledge, I'm and AR/ 1911 guy. I just don't want to mess this thing up.
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Here's some pics.

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I hope you're not thinking of selling that thing. "Passed down as in family? "

If any of my relatives had given me that I would definitely keep it. Unless selling it meant feeding my family and I had no job nor relatives to borrow money from.

But getting it appraised and not selling is a good idea.

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from the pics the discoloration is patina or a polite form of rust. patina is what happens from age when a firearm isnt regularly oiled and the oil dries up. over time the finish, which is bluing a form of rust, turns brown. you can distinguish patina from actual rusting metal is an acceptable patina doesnt have pits and is brownish instead of reddish.

the bluer it is and the fewer pits the more valuable the closer it is to original blueing color the better it was taken care of. patina only has a zero negative is when there are no preserved blued models left.

however if you try to remove patina it ruins the value as that takes it to bare metal and little value. while patina isnt always good its not all bad. removing it is always bad

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Don't touch it until you have it appraised, and have that done where they really know their antique Winchesters. I have an 1886 in 45/70 that is still a good and useable gun. That is one really nice piece there. Suitable for displaying over the fireplace! Be sure to keep it oiled though.

Did you get those other rifles in the picture too? Gonna sell any of them?

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As the others have said 'leave the gun alone'. The front sight seems to be original but the rear sight looks to be a replacement but hard to tell in the pics. Why bother get it appraised? Are you planning to sell? The gun is in a desirable caliber (you can shoot 45-70's in it). Rather than getting it appraised I would spend the hundred bucks (or current price) and get a 'factory letter' on the gun.

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