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July 3, 2023 - 12:31 am
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I picked up this seriously rusted 1873 set trigger assembly a couple of months ago at the Colorado show and have been soaking it in Kroil hoping that I could salvage something useful from it.  Fortunately, it came apart fairly easily and it looks like several of the set trigger parts will be usable.  In fact, I already used one of the parts to get a set trigger working in an 1873 this morning.  Mark

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Nice job once again Mark. Very detailed and to the point description while you working. Smile

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Mark,  Good salvage job!  Glad you saw the diamond in the rough at the show.  Money well spent, IMHO.

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Al Buckingham used to sell the set trigger parts.  He may have been getting those from Jim Grueter as well.  “The Winchester 1873 Handbook” by George Stone has dimensions of the set trigger parts.  As I recall, there are some differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd models.  The 1876 set triggers use some of the same parts.  

I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder

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Al Buckingham used to sell the set trigger parts. Bill Hockett said   

I bought complete lower tang for CC trigger from him about 50 yrs ago, unaware of other parts needed to convert plain trigger.  After yrs of not knowing what to do with it, or anyone to install it for me, finally traded it off to a friend.  Later had one of Ben Rice’s CC triggers installed by him on a LW.  Never worked right even after returning it to him for adjustment, so sold the gun.  Pretty much cooled my interest in idea of converting plain triggers.

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Very interesting, Mark. Glad your gamble paid off, I’m sure the 1873’s owner is happy. Thanks for taking us along. Simple Green is also pretty awesome for automotive repair/rebuild operations but most mechanics haven’t figured it out yet.

 

 

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Does anyone know who may be making screws for our guns?  I wish I would have known that Jim was retiring.  I would have bought at least two complete sets of screws for each model.  I happened to be a Russ Day’s table when he and Jim were talking about what he had left in inventory.  I believe Russ bought everything Jim had.

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