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Bill Hanzel said
https://auctions.thegunrunner.com/lots/view/1-27YJY0/winchester-model-1873-44-40-cal-lever-action-rifle-24-octagon-barrel-1881-antique  

 That’s the tall 7 in the serial number, it shows up on 73’s around 70,000 range, like the 8 with the horns around 20,000. Winchester had some unique dies. T/R

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Thanks Bill, Added to the survey.

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Thanks Bill, I added them.

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Thanks Bill

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Bob

I just purchased the following that were in a GA prison until the last decade

S#326683B 24″ octagon 38 WCF

S#326685B 24″ octagon 38 WCF

 

Do you have any other information on these?

 

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Tommy,

Do they have any stampings or engravings from the prison?

I didn’t have these, they are added now.

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Not that we can tell. I plan to get letters on them. One is is 60% and the other is better than 30% but less than 60%. My father and I wonder if the warden said go to hardware store and order 8 Winchesters. There were prisons everywhere during reconstruction. Hopefully, letter will get us to the town. The wear on the action, hammers, triggers and bores are minimal. They must have sat around primarily for 130 years. Two others were left were worn out. These were the best of bunch according to dealer. Asking price was too high 

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I have s.r.c #143213, rifle #218450, Musket #426480. If You need any info on them let Me know.

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Harry,

I had the carbine from the auction but not the musket. Is the musket a 44.

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Bert,

Interesting is the word. Their estimate is a little high for what it is.

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The serial numbers and the upper tang markings are very light, yet the description says original factory blue. How does that work? T/R

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It’s magic. Pure magic, it’s as original as Candy Poleburns … ummmm assets… 

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1873man said
Bert,

Interesting is the word. Their estimate is a little high for what it is.

Bob  

Yes, I chose that word because it certainly is not “original” finish.

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That is a disgrace to advertise it like that. Makes the auction company look very poor. The 44 stamp above the breech also looks dodgy. Probably redone after being buffed down too much. 

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