Winchester Repeating Arms Offers New Model 1866 Short Rifle

Winchester Repeating Arms Offers New Model 1866 Short Rifle
Winchester Repeating Arms Offers New Model 1866 Short Rifle

Winchester Repeating ArmsU.S.A.-( The Model 1866 lever-action was the very first rifle to wear the Winchester brand. Its bright brass receiver was the basis for the nickname of “Yellow Boy.”

For 2017 the legendary Model 1866 rifle is now available from Winchester Repeating Arms in a Grade I Short Rifle. This makes the “Yellow Boy” experience readily affordable for cowboy action competitors, hunters, casual shooters and everyone who enjoys spending a day at the range with a genuine Winchester lever-action classic.

The receiver, crescent buttplate and forearm cap are crafted from solid brass with a full bright polish finish. The stock and forearm are Grade I American black walnut with a satin oil finish. The folding ladder rear sight and Marble Arms® gold bead front sight get you on target quickly. A full-length magazine tube, open top ejection port and blued steel loading gate and action screws are also featured. Barrel length is 20” and the average weight is 7¼ lbs. It is available in 44-40 Win. and 38 Special calibers at a suggested retail price of $1,299.99.

Winchester Repeating Arms Model 1866 Short Rifle
Winchester Repeating Arms Model 1866 Short Rifle


  • Grade I American black walnut straight grip stock
  • Classic rifle-style forearm
  • Full bright polish brass surfaces
  • Brass crescent buttplate
  • Folding ladder rear sight with Marble Arms gold bead front sight
  • Open top ejection port
  • Full-length tube magazine
  • Blued steel loading gate
  • Blued steel action screws

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  • 19 thoughts on “Winchester Repeating Arms Offers New Model 1866 Short Rifle

    1. I own a few older Winchesters (1886 and 1894) in calibers from .38-55 to .45-90. If you have a good barrel rifling, use the right lead bullet and the right loads, they are dead accurate. People who say the old rifles are inaccurate may be basing it on worn out guns, bad loads (these guns were designed for black powder loads in most cases) or perhaps just bad shots!

      At 600 yards my 28″ barrel 38-55 with a tang site and double set triggers, shooting hand loads is dead on.

      As for the new Winchesters, I am unsure as the newest Winchester I own is a .348 from about 1930.

    2. my lever actions are all Winchester’s. that said the only one that is not as accurate as it once was ,because there have been many, many hundreds of rounds thru the it .over the last 70 years,all with the care it should have had..the gun does back to my father,brother and me,as well as my nephew…..just saying…my nephew is 62 years old now.

      1. Well Some people want a rifle manufactured and machined entirely in the United States and are willing to pay for the costs associated with that labor. Considering that according to Henry, the fitting and fine tuning on each rifle is done by a single gunsmith dedicated to that firearm, the specialty hardened brass, premium wood, and a very difficult to get right barrel shroud/magazine, its easy to see that they cost what they do to be made here in the US.

        They do cost more than a Uberti, but the quality is substantially better as well. Plus, They Shoot! The accuracy the Henry made rifles are getting is superior to Uberti, and if you hadn’t already, there are videos you can see of people shooting that ladder sight at small targets out to 300 yards and connecting.

        So I’m not sure overpricing is the right word. Maybe the “Value” in their replica is not there for you, but it is for other people.

        Shoot safe.

        1. Don’t know about the rifle but I have a singl action Uberti and itrone of the finest I’ve ever handled/shot. They have a great reputation.

          1. Uberti makes excellent products, though you have to be careful. I think that sometimes their rejects are passed off to lesser companies and still make their way here to the states. They have a well deserved reputation for quality, and I would gladly buy a Uberti. In fact, right now there are three I would eventually like. A 1876 crossfire carbine, Schofield revolver, and a 3rd model Dragoon.

            The rifles are known to shoot around an inch and a half to three inch groups at 50-100 yards for the 73’s, 66’s, and 60’s coming from Uberti. The Henry Original however has been averaging under an inch and a quarter at 100 yards from everyone I have talked to that owns one, given expectations of the owners eyesight and the limitations of the sights. It is extremely accurate. So that plus what I outlined above paints the picture. Wasn’t trying to knock Uberti at all.

    3. Looks to be an authentic copy modernized as to caliber. As I recall, the elevators in the original were long enough to handle .44-40.

    4. Winchester make nice rifles and so do many other companies, but I will stick to My Henry’s. I have several and looking to get at least one more, or maybe a couple just depends on my mood. I like the Carbine models the best they are short rifles but they shoot just as well if not better than the long rifles from any other company. I have said many times “Henry’s are like Lay potatoes chips You Can Not Have Just One.” Thank You Henry for making such great rifles.

      1. @I have several Winchester lever actions from the late 1800s and early 1900s they are horribly inaccurate. Winchester must have won the west by scarring their opponents. Is this model Winchester made in Japan, too?

        1. I have a Winchester 30-30 made in 1912. It was my fathers rifle. 24 inch hexagon barrel and still in excellent condition. It will print inside 3-4 inches with iron sights at 100 yards If the shooter does the job. Never hunt deer with any other gun. Have taken one deer at 200 yards with no problem.


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