Winchester Model 1866 Question?


Trung Si
June 25, 2012, 09:26 PM
I own a Winchester Model 1866 Reproduction in Cal 30-30 made by Winchester, I have owned it since the late 70 and can not find any Information on that Rifle at all, I am trying to find out about what It's worth, I am not trying to sell it, just establish It's worth!:banghead:

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June 25, 2012, 09:31 PM
What you have is an 1866/1894 possibly a Yellow Boy? Perhaps a Winchester collector will chime in. Have you checked on Gunbroker?

Good luck.

June 25, 2012, 11:27 PM
The 1866 Winchester was also known as the Improved Henry and was never made in .30-30.
If what you have is in .30-30 it was an 1894 model, possibly a commemorative of some sort.
If it is a commemorative it is only really valuable if it's unfired and has all the original boxes & paperwork. However, commemorative Winnies, as nice as they may be, are not generally known to accrue great value.

The 1866 was a toggle-link design and chambered in what today would look like a pistol cartrige. The mechanism would never be suitable for a .30-30 class of cartridge, and by the time Winchester came out with the .30-30 and other powerful leverguns they might have kept a few togglelinks in their lineup for a couple decades, but their main line of rifles like the .30-30s has all evolved into Browning or Browning derived mechanics which could handle the mid to high power type cartridges that were becoming popular.

June 26, 2012, 02:03 AM
What leads you to believe it's an 1866?

hang fire
June 26, 2012, 02:41 AM
351 WINCHESTER is correct, M-1894 would be the first lever Winchester for the .30-30, and it was not offered until 1895.

Jim Watson
June 26, 2012, 09:24 AM
Tommygunn gets close.
In 1966 Winchester announced the 1866-1966 centennial commemorative.
It is a Model 94 .30-30 with the receiver plated (Gold, brass? I dunno) to somewhat resemble the "Improved Henry" of 1866. General approach of lever action, color and trademark, there is no other resemblance to a real 1866.

Blue Book says one is worth $695 in 100% new condition in the box in the sleeve with all literature. They made 102,309 of them so they are not exactly scarce.

If it has been shot, just handled enough to show, or even only separated from its boxes and papers, cut the value in half. Or less, this is an early post-'64 Winchester and in spite of the fancy finish is the cheapest built rifle they made.

Trung Si
June 26, 2012, 03:16 PM
I knew that It wasn't worth much, It is a 66 Centennial, it has been fired and has not been taken care of very well, I inherited It from my Father In Law, I just couldn't find any Info on It, that is why I asked Here!:cool:

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