Winchester 1876 Open Top Rifle .45-75 s/n 912 mfg 1876
- Historic First Model Open-Top frame, 28" octagon barrel, full magazine. Left sideplate is period script engraved, "To Mr. Tim Foley from Sir John Rae Reid". Sir John Rae Reid was a wealthy Englishman who started a cattle company in Wyoming in 1879 and was involved in the Hat Ranch and the old 76 Ranch, and assembled huge holdings from many smaller ranchers in the Powder River area. Mr. Tim Foley, to whom this '76 was presented, was a cattle driver and guide who became friendly with Sir Reid. According to legend, Foley made a trip to California on horseback and carried this Winchester for self-defense along the way, especially through the Hole in the Wall. Mr. Foley owned the rifle until 1935-1936 when he traded it to a teenager named William Ladman for breaking a horse. Ladman used the rifle to shoot elk and kept it until 1971. With extensive provenance and documentation as to the history and ownership, this rifle remains in original very good condition with 60% - 70% original blue drifting and toning at the edges, with slight scratches, even wear from carry, with sharp barrel address and crisp edges; hammer and lever show 10%-20% case hardening starting to fade, stocks are good with some dings, mars, small losses, a couple of gouges and chips, but generally good overall; good action, very good bore. A rifle obviously carried and used, but well cared for.
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