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1873 Winchester 22Lcarrier block
January 17, 2020
1:26 pm
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I have a really nice 1873 22L but it appears somebody decided to buff the carrier block off   You can see a edge or two of the numbers.  Is there a company that can add the 22 Cal Long back on the block or somebody that makes blocks for the 22L.  I would guess finding a good used one would be impossible.

January 17, 2020
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Jerry,

Finding a good one would be the problem since the only time you see them is when a gun gets parted out. The markings are usually badly worn or hammered up by then. I would think Turnbull would have the dies to restamp it. I have the original dies for the 32, 38, 44 and Cal but not the 22 one.

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January 17, 2020
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Thanks for getting back.  I did not have a 22l with me when I purchased the rifle and found it does not want to chamber a round so I am going to have to take it to a smith to see what the problem is. I can lower the block and the round does not want to go into the chamber.  Picks the round up good just does not want to chamber it.  I did contact turnbull and it would run about 150 to get the  block stamped if it is not to thin.

January 17, 2020
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So if you try to put s 22 long in the barrel by hand it does not go in but a 22 short does?

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January 18, 2020
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No, the bullet will not go in the chamber.  I cleaned it real well but it seems the chamber is damaged.  I am going to take it to my smaith so he can take a look.  The gun has been fired as it was dirty when I cleaned it.

January 19, 2020
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My gunsmith found the chamber was a bit deformed from continued use when the gun was super dirty plus it appears a lot of shorts have been shot in the rifle.  Maybe a few non gunsmith tools used on it.  He got the chamber in pretty good shape but I just need to polish it out a bit.  We did find the ejector spring is worn and pretty weak but I would guess that would be a part hard to come by.  For now I am jus going to try and polish out the chamber to were the round will go in and out real smooth.

January 19, 2020
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Jerry,

If its the common extractor, they are made new and sold on Ebay or gun parts sites.

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January 20, 2020
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everything is working but as expected the extractor is weak.  The search is on for the extractor, mine is one without the spring.

January 20, 2020
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looks like the extractor is found.  I have read about the production numbers of the 22 cal in the 1873 but like most Winchester production buy caliber or what ever it is according to what book you read.  I would like to know how many 22 calibers was produced and what was the most common.  I would guess the 22 short to be the most common as that seems to be the one that shows up the most on line.

May 16, 2021
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far as i know winchester made the 1873 guns in 22 cal short only. I have one made in 1886 it is stamped 22 short. The carrier is made to be changed to except 22 longs. The barrel is chambered for 22 longs From the factory. I had mine relined because the bore was bad & didn’t shoot good. My gun smith would only chamber it for 22 short he said it would shoot more accurately chambered for short only. He was correct the gun is very accurate. My carrier block is badly worn & would not put the cartridge’s in the chamber. I could not find a better carrier so i reworked the lift arm so it would go higher to feed the cartridges into the chamber. the gun works fine now. I have a 1903 sears roebuck catalog There is no 1873 winchester guns  listed in 22 cal. but 22 short guns  Gail Rodda   gdrodda@yahoo.com

May 17, 2021
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Gail,

The 73 was made in 22 short, long and extra long. Factory records and examples of the guns show that. Most elevators were made with the 2 sets of holes so they could accept the short or long so they didn’t have to make 2 different elevators.

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