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1873 Sporting Rifle Restoration
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I am in the process of restoring a third model 1873 Winchester sporting rifle in 38-40 which according to the previous owner had a blow out that destroyed the action, but he sold several parts also. The practical thing would be to make it a wall hanger, but my hobby is restoration. Bottom line is I need some help from the experts.  I acquired a new bolt assy., firing pin, spring, and extension with retainer however on the old destroyed bolt body on the left side just behind the extension retainer there is a cut out section, and on the left side toggle there is a protrusion that rides up and down in that cut out.  On the new bolt it doe’s not have the cut out so the left toggle will not allow the action to close.  I see no purpose what so ever for the cut out or the protrusion, I thought at first maybe it was some kind of drop safety for the toggles but that makes no sense as the cut out on the bolt negates that as a purpose, but before I cut the bolt out, or smooth the protruding pin on the toggle I thought I would ask and see if any of you more experienced professionals could advise me.  Thank you for any input you may have.

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The pin on the inside of the left toggle actives the firing pin retractor which pulls the firing pin back as you open the action and keeps the firing pin from sliding out the back of the gun. If your new bolt does not have that slot then you have wrong parts. You describe the new bolt has a extension with a retainer. Either you are using different terms than what the parts are called or its not the correct parts. If you can post picture of the new parts and the old parts, I can tell what you have. Since your a guest you have to post them to a third party site and put the link to them here or email them to my email address below.

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Here are pictures of what Catdoctor sent. The gun is a third model. The small picture of the bolt is the original bolt. I enhanced the images to see the detail better and blew up the internal view of the gun which has his new parts installed. From what Catdoctor is describing, the new parts consist of the bolt, firing pin, spring, retainer and extension. With the parts installed in the receiver I can’t tell for sure what they are but from searching the internet it sounds like they are parts for a Uberti 73. I have never tried to install Uberti parts in a Winchester. Have any of you guys put them in a Winchester 73 and if you had did it work?

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