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Hi

New here and new to the world of Winchesters. Recently picked up a new 1873 SR with color case hardening and noticed a scratch in the fore-end cap.  I didn’t notice it till I got home and am pretty sure it happened during production as the box was still sealed from the factory.

Curious how much this would bother some of you?  I did contact Winchester and was told a two month turn around time if they see fit to do something about it.

 

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To start this out, you do not have a “Winchester” Model 1873. It is a modern reproduction of a Winchester Model 1873. The last authentic Winchester Model 1873 was manufactured in the early 1920s.

In regards to the damage, I would send it back to them for replacement or a full refund.

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I would get a refund on it and use the money to purchase an original Winchester Model 1873.

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Such a defect on a new gun is an annoyance, but I’d try to live with it if the gun is otherwise satisfactory; if you do very much shooting with it, it may end up with some other minor blemish anyway.  But you should let the maker know their quality control is slipping. 

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It will only matter if you plan on keeping it for 125 years.

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That would bother me as well, but as clarence stated if you purchased it to use it’s only a matter of time until it gets a few scratches anyway. 

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If you bought it to look at I’d settle for little short of perfect. No excuse for a lapse like this on a beautiful rifle like yours. If you bought it to shoot swab the bore, grab all the ammo you can find and head for the range. Whether or not it will affect any collectors’ value is anyone’s guess. Most of us won’t be around long enough to notice.

 

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Once you use the barrel as a jack handle when you have a flat way out in the sticks, you’ll forget all about that little scratch.

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I was just noticing on the Winchester site how much they are getting for these rifles and yhea, you shouldn’t have to settle for a scratch like that. 

I agree with Burt, get a replacement or a refund.  

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I can certainly understand the annoyance and, can understand where those who advise to return it for a full refund, are coming from.  Were it mine, and I had purchased it to shoot and use, I would keep it.  It would make that first scratch I put on it, all the easier to accept.  The advice you received, that I agree the most with, would be to get a refund and use the money to purchase an original Winchester.

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steve004 said
The advice you received, that I agree the most with, would be to get a refund and use the money to purchase an original Winchester.  

Yes, his refund would make a good down-payment.

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clarence said

Yes, his refund would make a good down-payment.  

I wasn’t thinking the condition would be as high as the one he purchased.

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Kevin Jones said
I was just noticing on the Winchester site how much they are getting for these rifles and yhea, you shouldn’t have to settle for a scratch like that. 

I agree with Burt, get a replacement or a refund.    

I’ve seen a few of these reproductions, fit and finish is quite good on the Miroku guns. I shoot a few Citori’s at clay birds (and occasionally hit one!) so I have a healthy respect for Miroku quality. BUT…they’re not Winchesters. I know they can do better and suspect they will make it good. At that price point they certainly should.

 

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