This is another model 1887 shotgun in obsolete 10 bore calibre and one of John Browning’s' famous designs and a very handsome gun and as good as you will find without spending crazy money! This shotgun was first developed in 1887 by demand of a repeating shotgun for lawmen and cowboys to use. Many thought that two shots was not enough firepower for a scatter gun and a repeating shotgun was required to get the job done. Winchester asked Browning to build such a gun, well aware he was the best man for the job. Browning had already been working on a pump-action design (which would later become the Winchester 1897 shotgun), but Winchester wanted to keep tradition with a lever-action gun.The gun was chambered for 10, 12 and 16 gauge black powder cartridges. The standard barrel lengths were 20” and 30” but different lengths and finishes were available to order. This gun has a standard 30” barrel. These were working tools on the ranch and as they used black powder cartridges it is difficult to find them with decent bores. This one has a decent bore which I rate as 8/10, excellent woodwork as can be seen and it has not been messed with or “improved”. From the serial number (25082 ) this gun was actually manufactured in 1889. This is the best looking 1887 I have ever sold and has at least 90% original finish. It has not been messed with and the original steel butt plate is still extant which is pleasing as these were often removed to increase the length of pull with a rubber butt pad. There are some slight surface rust freckles in areas showing through the finish but no pitting and the screws are untouched. I’m not perturbed by the freckles as these prove the original finish. From the state of the action, woodwork and tubes I would say that the gun was bought, used once or twice and then salted away for the last years. The bore could be improved with a very light skim towards the chamber and with a little effort, if you don’t mind this sort of thing, the gun could be restored to museum quality mint condition. Personally I prefer to leave them as found. A very pleasing and iconic gun. The fraternity of Winchester collectors is ever expanding and in simplistic terms there are not enough good examples to go around so I would say that this one is a “safe bet” for future appreciation in value and in the interim you can enjoy a fine historical artifact. Further information on request.
Obsolete calibre - no license required.