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Extractor pin for a Winchester 1873 32-20 rifle.
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I was shooting the rifle today when I saw the extractor fall out.  I found the pin in the gun case that I had removed the rifle from.  I measured the pin, finding it to be about 3/16 inch long.  If the pin is supposed to be a tight fit it would be ok, but I don’t think this pin is as long as it should be.  I found a photo of the pin beside a rule on the Homestead parts web site and it appeared to be about 5/8 inch long. 

Does anyone know the correct length and diameter of the extractor pin?

Any help is appreciated.

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according to The Winchester 1873 Handbook the pin for a 32 is .078″ x .290″ if you need a new one just buy a 5/64 drill bit at your hardware store and cut it to length. If your old pin is a little loose then put a notch on one end with a sidecutters or in a vise  making the one end fit tight.

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1873man,

Thanks for this. Exactly what I may do.

I just found in Arthur Pirkel’s book; Winchester Lever Action Repeating Arms Models of 1866, 1873, 1876,

“The extractor pins for all four 1873 calibers have the same diameter, 5/64.”

“The 32 caliber pin is 9/32″ long.”

I measured my pin which was 5/64″ Dia. but only 6.75/32″ long.

So it is short.

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Your length measurement does not make sense but if its a little short it will still work. It just hold the extractor.

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1873man said
Your length measurement does not make sense but if its a little short it will still work. It just hold the extractor.

Bob

  

That’s what I did today.  I very lightly peened one end then drove the pin in.  For now, it works just fine.  I will keep an eye on it in the future.

Thanks for all the help.

Mike

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Bob, doesn’t this pin also keep the firing pin from rotating too?  The pin goes through the bolt, the extractor and the notch on the firing pin.  Maybe the fact that the extractor is there is enough to stop rotation?  Someone tried to take my Henry apart.  Broke the threaded end off the firing pin and snapped the extractor pin in half.  The picture shows the broken firing pin and the damage in the notch.  The broken pin is attached to the magnet with the extractor.

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  Chuck,

 No, on a 73 & 76 you have a firing pin retractor that holds the firing pin in the gun. T/R

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The extractor sticks out to the inside of the bolt and rides in a channel on the top of the firing pin and keeps it from rotating.  If you don’t have the extractor installed the firing pin will rotate some limited by the retractor.

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Thanks guys.  Luckily I have never torn apart a 73 or 76.  These 4 early lever guns have a lot of similarities.

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