Serial Number: 73475
Year of Manufacture: 1881
Caliber: .38-40 WCF (Winchester Center Fire)
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle, Tubular Magazine
Markings: The barrel is marked “Winchester’s Repeating Arms New Haven Ct. / King’s Improvement Patented March 29 1866 October 16 1860” and “38 Cal.” The upper tang is marked “Model 1873” and the lower tang is marked “73475”. The underside of the carrier is not marked.
Barrel Length: About 24 1/4"
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a dovetail set front blade and a dovetail set rear leaf and elevator semi-buckhorn sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a replacement, that does not fit well. The poor fit can be seen in the pictures. There is also a chip missing at the left wrist, in addition to numerous marks and dings. The forearm is apparently original, though refinished. There is a crack behind the forend cap and the fit is a bit shy. The LOP measures about 13 3/8". The stocks rate in about Poor overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Uncertain
Bore Condition: The bore is almost bright, with worn rifling that is present the full length of the barrel. There is scattered erosion in the bore, though the bore is quite shootable.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows frosting throughout and mildly eroded metal. The barrel and frame match quite well, while the cap and magazine tube look light and have apparently been cleaned. There are numerous dings and marks throughout, with several to the edges of the barrel. The right side forend cap screw is missing, as is the dust cover. The Screw heads are worn but very serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fair condition.
Mechanics: The action is a bit rough, but functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. Parts are missing, Please see the Overall Condition section.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is the “gun that won the west” just ask Jimmy Stewart – and like a Colt Single Action, seeing a Winchester 1873 conjures up images of the frontier, the taming of the West and, in general, the era that truly gave America its identity. This rifle is in need of some parts and some TLC, but is still a Winchester '73 and one that can be improved considerably with some effort and parts searching.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This antique rifle can be sold to anyone 18 years of age with valid ID.
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UPS Insured shipping will cost $30. To reduce the likelihood of damage during shipping, we may disassemble long guns by removing stocks when it is possible & easy and will not damage the wood or screws. We will also break down takedowns. We have had problems with rough carrier handling breaking the stocks at the wrist, and since we have begun to disassemble, we have not had any breakage. All parts will be individually wrapped. If you would prefer to not have your item disassembled, please let us know as soon as you win the bid. We package all merchandise for shipment on the Monday following the sale.
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