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1873 .22 short (1891) magazine spring clip needed >>&g
September 10, 2013
10:46 am
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You can view the circular spring clip with "ears" and cartridge stop that slips down the mag tube about 3/16" and locks/releases cartridges as seen below (scroll down to picture #6):

http://www.nramuseum.org/the-museum/the-galleries/the-american-west/case-42-the-guns-that-won-the-west-colt-winchester/winchester-model-1873-lever-action-rifle-(1).aspx

I contacted John Taylor and he is on the fence about producing this item…I believe he can do it right and provide a product that seems to be in demand because the spring arm that locks the cartridges in is typically broken off the spring clip…..allowing the .22 shorts to unload before inserting in the outer tube below the bbl.

Note: I soldered a piece of piano wire onto the spring clip and it seems to work…..but I would much rather have an original piece.

Does someone have an original spring clip that is not broken ???

September 11, 2013
6:46 pm
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Never mind folks…..I found a complete inner magazine tube made in USA, from http://www.homesteadparts.com . Very, very expensive, but my ’73 .22 short is worth it. It is in 90%++ condition and a great family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation that will be continued. I dont think it has had more than a hundred rounds since 1891, the year of manufacture. The rifle has a very high value according to all the stats; however, it will never be sold.

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