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Nickel 1873
January 18, 2021
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To me, this is what collecting is all about.  Rarity, condition, special order features, something that may well be one-of-a-kind, condition, antique status, unmolested, factory letter that verifies the feature, best chambering in that model to own… did I mention, CONDITION?  A very fine piece.  I’d love to own it.  However, I would be wildly speculating as to value – so I defer on that point.  I enjoyed seeing it.

January 18, 2021
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 Nickel side plates on a blue receiver is not what you usually see on a nickel trim gun. Did you notice that everything that’s nickel comes off with a screwdriver, very convenient. Why not nickel the hammer and lever? T/R

January 18, 2021
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A old collector/dealer friend of mine would call it a “Tomato Steak” or today you would call it a Veggie Burger.

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January 18, 2021
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That’s a statement gun ,something I’d expect the Lone Ranger to have.

I have not a clue to it’s value but I suspect you would not find another .

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January 30, 2021
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Nice rifle.  I have a 73 that letters with nickel trim also.

January 30, 2021
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rarebearcat said
Nice rifle.  I have a 73 that letters with nickel trim also.  

Does it have nickel side plates like Henry’s rifle?  What parts are nickeled?

January 31, 2021
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Very nice, never seen anything like it. No idea on the price but I figure anything under $10 grand US is a steal. 

 

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steve004 said

Does it have nickel side plates like Henry’s rifle?  What parts are nickeled?  

Unfortunately none.  Rifle was refinished before I got it in 1980’s.  

January 31, 2021
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Nickel trim means its 1/2 nickel so the receiver, side plates, dust cover, forearm cap, butt plate and elevator are plated.

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coldweld@live.com said
That’s a statement gun ,something I’d expect the Lone Ranger to have.

I have not a clue to it’s value but I suspect you would not find another .  

  Well said.  T/R

January 31, 2021
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1873man said
Nickel trim means its 1/2 nickel so the receiver, side plates, dust cover, forearm cap, butt plate and elevator are plated.

Bob  

Bob – how often to you see the side plates nickeled but the receiver blued?

January 31, 2021
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steve004 said

Bob – how often to you see the side plates nickeled but the receiver blued?  

I have seen case colored receivers with nickeled side plates but not blued receivers, when I did they lettered with the specific items that were nickeled. The same for guns that are 1/2 nickel and 1/2 gilt, they letter with the specific items that are plated with each type of plating and full nickel guns with the barrels blued. 

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Henry Mero said
I hope You guys aren’t implying this gun is refinished  

I sure am not.  

February 1, 2021
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Henry Mero said
I hope You guys aren’t implying this gun is refinished  

I will be the first to say it. Unfortunately Henry, this rifle is indeed completely refinished. Nickel and bluing. It was likely half nickel like any other “nickel trim” 1873 you see. But we will never know for sure. 

February 1, 2021
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I have a 73 that letters Gold trimmings and the ledger page reads “Trimmings” and its 1/2 Gold like I would expect.

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February 1, 2021
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 Henry, If I went to a car show and saw a 1969 Chev pickup two tone white and red. The whole truck white except both doors and the tailgate red, I wouldn’t ask to see the build sheet. I’m saying your gun is odd, that is not normal. It’s your gun and your opinion, that’s the only one that counts. T/R

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TR I hear Ya’ but for the life of Me I can’t see where this gun has been messed with. I lay it beside My other ’73’s to compare finish, and they are original, and I just don’t see any difference in the receiver blueing, or the nickel finish. We all don’t know with any certainty what Winchester did and didn’t do  back in the day. However like You say every one has to respect their own opinion, keeping an open mind of course. Thanks

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Henry, heavy sanding when refinishing left some very badly deformed edges at the juncture of the carrier and receiver. The metal polish is off and the blued finish is also not the lustrous Winchester finish we want to see. The serial number is also of concern. I suspect added, modified, or heavily touched up with a pantograph or by engraving. It is definitely not an unaltered Winchester roll die applied serial number. All screws are modern replacements. The nickel plating appears too thick and flaking oddly without the corrosion in we would expect of a 100+ year old factory nickel finish. 

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Henry,

Austin echoed a lot of what I was seeing. The blue does not have the aged blue I would normally see, the new screws,  the serial number does have the look of what a high condition blued gun would have, The nickel like Austin said is too thick flaking like I never seen on a Winchester, The blued receiver does not follow what I have seen on a gun that letters “nickel trim,trims or trimmings”. The other thing I spotted is the forearm cap to barrel flat fit does not look right. The barrel address is a early C.T. style which was replaced with the CONN. around 200,000. Many of these things I could discount by them selves because of bad lighting or the angle of the photo but all together they add up. The renickel on the sideplates with what looks like a chemical was used to age them and thickness is what really stands out. I would of posted this earlier but you said you bought it before I had time to check it out fully.

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OK  I can Respect that

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