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Hunting with a Winchester 1886 – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

Hunting with a Winchester 1886 – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

I’ve been a gun collector for many years but I have one special gun I’d like to tell you about. The rifle is a Winchester Model 1886 chambered in .40-82 WCF and it was made in 1894. It has a 26-inch round barrel and is in decent shape, but shows wear from many years of use. The only thing unusual about it is that the case-hardened receiver is engraved “Arapahoe County”.

Gun Condition and Markings – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

Gun Condition and Markings – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

Twenty years ago, we lost the much-loved Cajun chef, Justin Wilson. In one recorded episode, he was talking to his hushpuppies in the deep fryer while addressing questions from viewers. One person asked what kind of wine was proper to drink with a seafood dish. In his always entertaining manner, he said you should drink the kind of wine you like. Wine rules were foolish.

Hunting with a Winchester 1895 – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

Hunting with a Winchester 1895 – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

My love for Winchesters came about because of my grandfather. He is an unbelievable shot and had me shooting his Model 1894 from the age of four. It was an instant addiction to all things Winchester. The first time I saw a ‘95 was on the famous “The Kind That Gets Them” poster as a teenager. From then on I knew I would endeavor to own one of these majestic rifles.

Winchester Model 94 Flat Band Carbines – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

Winchester Model 94 Flat Band Carbines – A Winchester Arms Collectors Association Guest Post

The Model 94 Carbine evolved frequently during its 123-year lifespan, and as a result of its continual evolution, many uniquely different variations were produced. One of the more noticeable variations manufactured was one that we collectors refer to as the “Flat Band” Carbine.