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    I have a Winchester Model 86 Rifle that is in worn, but good condition. It has full length magazine, and is chambered in 33 WCF. It is marked "Nickel Steel" on the barrell, and is SN 1418xx. I believe it was manufactured around 1910, plus/minus a couple of years. I stopped by WWG last week on my semi-annual trip to Anchorage, and asked about reboring the barrel to 45-70. I realize the loss of collectors value, but 45-70 is a much more practical Alaskan caliber, and easy to procure ammo for. My 33WCF ammo is actually head-stamped 45-70. The WWG gunsmith said it shouldn't be a problem, and he had a guy in mind who rebores other Winchesters for them that knows his business. What do you guys think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30/06 View Post
    I have a Winchester Model 86 Rifle that is in worn, but good condition. It has full length magazine, and is chambered in 33 WCF. It is marked "Nickel Steel" on the barrell, and is SN 1418xx. I believe it was manufactured around 1910, plus/minus a couple of years. I stopped by WWG last week on my semi-annual trip to Anchorage, and asked about reboring the barrel to 45-70. I realize the loss of collectors value, but 45-70 is a much more practical Alaskan caliber, and easy to procure ammo for. My 33WCF ammo is actually head-stamped 45-70. The WWG gunsmith said it shouldn't be a problem, and he had a guy in mind who rebores other Winchesters for them that knows his business. What do you guys think?
    If it is in good condition then I think I'd sell your rifle and buy a "new" 1886 made by either Winchester of Browning. I think you'll find the new rifle suitable for your purposes and you'll be dollars ahead. Also is the advantage of maintaining the original 1886 for posterity. Anyways, that's what I'd do.
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    I'll trade you my Model 86 winchester 45/70 for your's!
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    I believe the modern gun will handle the more modern 45/70 loads better. If you handload I would look at going 405 insted of 45/70 on the old gun.
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    If I do the rebore, I'll stay away from hot loads like Buffalo Bore. I don't reload, so it's gotta be 45-70. It's got a nice trigger, and is heavy enough that it doesn't kick hard. I like everything about it except the caliber. Thanks again to those who've offered to buy/trade.

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