Browning 1886 Carbine w/Saddle Ring


May 1, 2012, 04:32 PM
I just picked up one of these this weekend at what I think was a great price. The one on GunBroker starting bid is $1350 at 90%, which seems a little high, if not I did really well mine is in much better shape. Would love to know more about this gun, I've owned the Marlin CB so that's all I have to compare it too. Any input like value is it rare would be very helpful. It is a reproduction made in Japan in 45/70.

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Float Pilot
May 1, 2012, 10:14 PM
Is it a pre-ambulance chasing lawyer safety model? Those demand more cash.
I have one that was made right when Browning introduced them in the SRC model. It does not like lead bullets, but it does very nicely with jacketed.
The Browning 1886s and my real original Winchester 1886s can take a slightly longer overall length for the loaded cartridge than the modern Marlin 1895s. The new Model 1895 Marlins really being a variation of the 336.

I do not mind shooting mine while standing, but that semi-curved carbine style steel buttplate is not so great to fire from the prone position.

May 2, 2012, 09:39 AM
Ditto on the Carbines being unpleasant to shoot especially with heavy loads I sold mine off for more than I paid and bought an extra lightweight rifle with shotgun butt, Love it, even with the goofy lawyer safety. :-)

May 2, 2012, 09:57 AM
IMHO, the Brownings are the best of the 86's, 95's and 92's for that matter. They are beautifully made of strong steels but also have no safety and traditional lockwork. I looked at a used SRC last year and it was in very good shape at $800, which I thought was a very good deal. Ya know, one of those deals people say you will never find at Gander Mt? I haven't followed them closely in recent years but would say the one on Gunbroker at $1350 is a used rifle at a NIB price.

Made in Japan or not, these are among the finest leverguns you can buy.

All the Browning's are "pre-ambulance chasing lawyer safety models". ;)

May 2, 2012, 04:20 PM
Called Browning today and they told me it was made in 1992. Mine is missing a tang screw, so I ordered one. $3.75 for the screw and $8.00 to ship it. Somehow I get the feeling that's not the only screw I got.LOL

Float Pilot
May 2, 2012, 06:59 PM
Your serial number will have 5 numbers then the two digit date code.

So your NY = 92 or 1992

Date of Manufacture for Browning
is a two digit code

May 3, 2012, 08:08 PM
Love it, even with the goofy lawyer safety. :-)

Love mine too-redundant safety and country of origin not withstanding. Extra Lightweight Model 1886s (mine is a "Winchester"), chambered in .45-70, make great deep timber/heavy brush rifles. I wasted no time installing a Williams "FoolProof" receiver sight and sling swivels on mine.

May 4, 2012, 07:37 AM
Safety or not, if I was shopping for a "new" 1886, the Extra Light is the one I'd get.

May 4, 2012, 06:26 PM
Great guns!

They may shoot cast better if you find a diameter it likes. Some guns seem to like a couple thousandths over groove diamter to shoot well.

I carry my carbine up in the hills where the bears live. I had no problem drilling enough holes in it to mount a Lyman No 56 receiver sight and sling, and had the barrel chopped 2 inches to make it an even 20". Also removed the sling (saddle) ring stud and tossed it, and made a filler screw for the hole right after getting my hands on the gun. A large crescent wrench on the ring gets them out rather well. :)

Someone mentioned they had "no safety", I believe they meant to say that had no tang safety. They have the same safety all original Wincheser 86's had, a half cock notch in the hammer.

They are not inexpensive, but are well worth what they cost in my opinion. I've owned several Marlin 95's and like the 86 far more.

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