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Winchester 1866-1873 Barrel survey
September 27, 2015
5:46 pm
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I am looking for serial number and number of rifling groove information for 1866 and 1873 winchester rifles and carbines.

If anyone is interested in helping me with my barrel study you can respond here or email me directly at

rhabraham@owc.net

 

Thanks

September 28, 2015
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I think what you find is when they went from 5 land to 6  it will be at the same time since they would of been using the same blanks for both guns.

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September 28, 2015
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Here are two rifles you can include in the survey.

66 s/n 151215 (1879) 5 land

73 s/n 89047 (1882)  6 land

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September 28, 2015
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Are you looking at the 76 also? Small shan 76s had 5 grove.

September 29, 2015
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Mike what is shan? I don't know what you are asking.

September 29, 2015
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 Think that was just a typo .Early 76 Winchesters had a small( shank )barrel thread and 5 groove . ,,,DT

September 29, 2015
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Bob, thanks for the numbers. They fit with my theory. By 1879 73 production was just starting to ramp up and 66 production was still coming down from the 1877 peak with the south American order. By 1882, 73 production was 9 times what 66 was.

September 29, 2015
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Makes sense Dusty. I have a second year 76 and you are correct.

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