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As original post states, “barreled action”. No wood, no lower tang. I’ll post pics soon, sorry.

As to records:

Reading the ledgers into a Talk to Text editor would also work… Technology IS alive and well, truly!

I had this very conversation 12 years ago with Cordy Rich when I bought this barreled action. 12 years and still nothing, those records should have been made public LONG ago!

By the way, still no response to how many 36in half octagon barrels are known to exist????

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I emailed you earlier with the figures I have come up with. I’ve been compiling a database of 73’s and to date I have 17,567. I started this since the 73 records will probable not get compiled in to statistics for a long time. I have 13 rifles with 36″ barrels and all octagon barrels in various calibers. No Half Octagons, which make yours really rare if its real. You also have to understand that the records are not perfect and there are many guns that look original but do not letter. Also in the records they have “R & R” return & repair but they do not say what they did. There are some in the sample ledger I posted So it is possible the gun was returned to be repaired and a change configuration to it but wasn’t noted. The records were not production records they were warehouse records.

The only flaw in the talk to text process is the bulk of the records require knowing what was up above it when using the ditto marks and they don’t adhere to the column labels.

The ledgers at Cody will not be made public. Its a source of revenue for them They sell letters to the public for $70 each and sell memberships which give you access to discounts on letters and the ability to get guns checked by phone or email.

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Bob,

 

If your still accepting records here’s mine You already have my 94 Flat band.

Letter dated; July 21, 2014

  • Model                             Rifle
  • Caliber                            38
  • Barrel length                   26″
  • Barrel                             Octagon
  • Is it extra heavy              No
  • If it has a set trigger        No
  • Magazine Length             full
  • Is it pistol grip                 No
  • Is it checkered                No
  • Deluxe wood                   No
  • Finish                             blued, case colored
  • Butt plate                        storage and with cleaning rod
  • Sling swivels                    No
  • Engraved, etc;                 No
  • Other factory options        Plain Trigger
  • Letter                              Serial # applied April 21, 1899
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    •                                 Caliber; 38
    •                                 Barrel Type; Octagon
    •                                 Barrel Length; 26 inches
    •                                 Trigger; Plain
    •                                 Received in warehouse;  May 13, 1899
    •                                 Shipped from in warehouse; May 20, 1899 Order number 27704
  • Modified from original;      No

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David,

What is the serial number?

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Sorry, thought I put the serial number in.

1873 #532028B

 

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David,

Thanks, Got it

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Anybody looking for serial numbers of 1873’s? I have been writing numbers and descriptions down for forty years. Including where seen, prices, and special features.

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I sure am. I sounds like you have a bunch. You can email them to the address below the picture.

Thanks very much for your help,
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LGS sent pictures of this one in for consignment. All I know is the owners told the LGS they had turned down $2K. I think it’s probably $2K at best but am not studied up on the 1873s. Appears to be 30-50%? 30″ OCT, Full Magazine, Type 3, SN#464852B
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Thanks Bill, Its a new one

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LGS sent pictures of this one in for consignment. All I know is the owners told the LGS they had turned down $2K. I think it’s probably $2K at best but am not studied up on the 1873s. Appears to be 30-50%? 30″ OCT, Full Magazine, Type 3, SN#464852B
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Ron,

The pictures don’t look like its a 30 – 50% blues gun. I’m not seeing much of anything for finish and it looks like it has some areas of rust but the pictures are low in resolution so I can’t blow them up. I think if the guy was offered $2k he should of sold it.

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Bob I can’t remember if I sent you this before? Ser. # 182207B, 26″ octagon barrel,  full magazine, rifle butt, blued, set trigger.  When I bought it in 1999 it had an ivory blade front sight that did not letter.

Rec’d in the WH 6/12/1885.  Shipped 7/16/1885. Order No. 21956.  I sold this gun at auction in 2011.  I believe that Randy Saba bought it. 

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Yes, I got it Chuck, it was in a Carol Watson auction.

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Yes, I got it Chuck, it was in a Carol Watson auction.

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That is when I sold it.  When I bought it in Reno the dealer said he got it from the original family.  Never saw this dealer again?

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Bill,

Didn’t have that one, Thanks

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Bill,

Thanks again

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