Original bolt peep, reblued with less than 100 rounds through the rifle. You may be able to find back issues. A new barrled Model 71, long tang, serial # 101xx, 1937 production. Model 71 serial number 510 is technically a second year production, as it was manufactured in January of 1936 per the Winchester factory serialization records. We strive to manufacture this product as close to original specifications as possible. Essentially duplicating .450/.400 ballistics, with the right bullets these could handle just about anything that walks! The 1886 was the largest of the Winchester lever rifle actions. The .33 Winchester was the first smokeless powder round the 1886 was chambered for, and required a switch to a Nickel Steel barrel to contain the higher pressures. Variation is based on the degree of 'Improvement' of the case. Apparently the previous owner had sent his Winchester 71 to Harold Johnson of cooper's landing for a custom conversion. I had a 450 Alaskan based on a recent-manufacture Winchester 1886 LW model (22" barrel). Bert In Alaska there were several gunsmiths converting them to .450 Alaskan. If you have any questions regarding this item, you should contact the Seller before bidding. The .50 Alaskan was created back in the 1950s by Alaska gunsmith Harold Johnson for Winchester Model 71 and Model 86 rifles. The Model 71 is based on a simplified (for more efficient production) version of the John Browning designed Winchester Model 1886. Buyer Tip: Seller assumes all responsibility for listing this item. The Winchester 71 action is pretty strong. The 71’s .348 cartridge was sort of an update too, supposedly intended to be a more powerful version of the .33 Winchester round that was introduced for the Model 1886 in 1902. If I were selling it, I would take it with me to one of the larger guns shows, or list it on Gunbroker.com Barrel band added to forarm cap for stability, built Brockmens in the 90's. Originally formed by necking up the .348 Win. My family has a .348 71 deluxe that has been in the family as long as I can remember. Fuller in Cooper Landing had so many .348 barrels, he used them as rebar in the footings for his new shop many years ago. Years back it wasn’t uncommon to rebarrel .348s to the wildcat .450 Alaskan or .450 Alaskan Ackley Improved, propelling a 400-grain bullet at possibly 2,000 fps. In 1935 Winchester upgraded the 1886, calling it the Model 71, and chambered it solely in the new "one-size-fits-all" .348 WCF.This powerful smokeless round was created by necking down and slightly shortening the .50-110 case, creating a cartridge that, with different bullet weights, could arguably replace everything from .33 to .405. Winchester - Model 71 Custom .450 Alaskan W/ Original .348 Bbl, Dies, & Brass - 10431717. There are a number of altered Model 71s out there. 450 Alaskan. No wear to blue, perfect bore, perfect screws, wood shows some age, no cracks. Alas, a cow winded me and took the herd to another drainage. Also, "Handloader" (or maybe it's sister publication "Rifle") did a spread on the .450 and .50 Alaskan chamberings in the very early 90's. For all you big boomers, offering a 450 Alaskan. IIRC, there are several slightly different versions of the 450 Alaskan but all are based on the 348 Winchester case necked to .458. The 450 Alaskan was Designed and developed by Harold Johnson Of Alaska, This case is based on the 50 Alaskan for the Winchester Model 71 lever action rifle. This old lever action had a receiver sight and was ideal for the close cover in which I almost got a shot. HJ is well known for being the only smith of his time to do .450 and .50 alaskan conversion (afterall he did invent the .450 and .50) and is regarded as one of the best smiths of his era. 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