[SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Company 45-70 Takedown Levergun

    [SHOT 2022] Taylors & Co TC86

    It seems like almost every company claims to give a “modern twist” to a “proven design” or somesuch, but Taylor’s & Co appear to have struck gold with their TC86.

    [SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Co TC86

    Taylor’s & Company 45-70 Takedown Levergun

    Taylor’s is showing off their whole catalog at SHOT 2022, but what caught my eye was their TC86. Based on the venerable Browning design of the Model 1886, the TC86 is a 45-70 lever-action that, after unscrewing the mag tube, takes down into two compact pieces.

    [SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Co TC86 – A side loading gate makes keeping the tube topped up a breeze!

    It’s also just freaking gorgeous. The case hardening and the walnut together produce a stunning rifle. The top picatinny rail allows for the mounting of optics, and also contains the integrated rear sight. It uses a fiber optic front sight post for faster target acquisition. For the suppressor lovers among us, the rifle does come threaded from the factory, with a 5/8×24 thread pitch.

    [SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Co TC86 – Note the rear peep sight directly in front of the receiver

    Take-down of the rifle is surprisingly easy. First, open the action.

    [SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Co TC86

    Then unscrew the mag tube with the handy folding lever on the end.

    [SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Co TC86 – Note the lever at the end of the mag tube, which is used to take down the rifle

    Twist where the barrel meets the receiver and…

    [SHOT 2022] Taylor’s & Co TC86

    It comes apart neat as you please. Reassembly is just as easy. Put the two halves of the gun together, tighten down the mag tube, and you’re ready to go.

    TC86 Fast Facts

    • Caliber: 45-70 Government
    • Capacity: 4-round tube
    • Barrel Length: 16.5″
    • Overall Length (Assembled): 37.5″
    • Weight: 7.8lbs
    • Finish: Case hardened
    • Thread Pitch: 5/8×24
    • MSRP: $1977.69
    • Release Date: Q1 2022

    From Taylor’s & Co

    The TC86 Takedown is a hunting rifle where style meets function. Made for the ultimate expedition, while maintaining a finish fit for a classic design. With the take down feature the rifle becomes a versatile companion for the hunt, the hike, or to hit the road. Choose your adventure! The color case receiver and checkered pistol grip walnut stock with sling mounts combine function with style. A rubber butt plate absorbs recoil, and the wide lever size allows for easy use in all conditions. This model includes the weaver rail sight with a skinner peep sight on it and a fiber optic front sight. A threaded cap is included and the muzzle brake thread is 5/8×24. Requires an FFL dealer to ship.

    Benjamin is a recent graduate living in Virginia with a master’s degree in Criminology. He was introduced to firearms at summer camp when he was thirteen. Ever since his first shot with a .22LR bolt-action he has been in love with shooting sports. He is a moderator on the TFB Discord, which can be found at https://discord.gg/bcVD9zw, and can occasionally be found on twitter @BFriedmanUSA.


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