January 18, 2021
Sirs, I recently acquired an old Winchester 1873 in parts. I am trying to get it back together. I have an original cam and a replacement one that came with it. Seems to work ok with the original, but when I add the replacement on the other side the gun gets real tight just before closing the lever. How do I fit this?
I appreciate any advice and help. Thanks
Try adjusting the set screws on the bottom of the receiver. One is for the lever spring and the other one is for the carrier spring. The one on the left is for the lever and the one on the right is for the carrier. These 2 set screws were never intended to be any tighter than necessary to hold the lever from drooping and for proper operation of the carrier.
Send me a picture of the replacement cam in the lever.
The problem Brad is having is the repo toggles he is trying to use are too long causing the bolt to press hard into the barrel, not a lever cam issue.
No, since its not a cam issue there is no need and he didn’t remove the cam.
May 21, 2015
Hi . Just a note for those making up old Winchesters [ especially 73s ], is to make sure that you have ALL the parts, and they are in good safe condition.
Old toggle links stretch and crack, and small parts get lost. A very important part in the 1873 is the firing pin retractor. Its easy to miss if you are
new to 73s, and besides doing its job, it stops the firing pin blowing out the back. It can slip over the hammer, and guess what’s behind it ?.
Part of the fun is bringing these old guns back from the dead, but just be careful. Eric