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1st Post, 1873 38-40 inbound
April 11, 2021
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Greetings all!

Family heirloom coming home shortly. Reclaiming even 1 firearm from this historic family collection is a childhood and adult dream come true!!!

A couple of you saw this rifle I posted on the online gun values board (Bert H and 1873Man), but here it is for this board to see.

38-40 caliber, S/N 200721 B

March 1886 manufacture.

I’ve sent for its letter as well.

This is the only pic I have so far. I expect to have it in hand within a week or 2. I will post more pics and details then. 

I grew up literally in this firearms collection as it occupied most of my great grandparents home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Undoubtedly, many of you own historic firearms from this collection. The most valuable were sold off when I was young and the rest of the collection when my Granny passed in 1988. I was not told of the estate sale out of fear that I would be upset.  As a poor college student I couldn’t have done much, but who needs a car, I’d have bought what I could!!!

I’m trying to locate the collection inventory records. I pray they still exist, I suspect they will make some owners very happy as they reportedly held a lot of detail on each firearm!

My hope is to reclaim a least 1 representative firearm of each type from this collection.  #1 is on its way!

Thanks in advance for all your knowledge!

Matt

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April 11, 2021
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Matt, I’m happy that your getting an opportunity, to acquire a Family Heirloom. That right there is what it’s all about! Stay Vigilant, and Positive. You never know what the future holds, and you just might be able to reassemble most, or many of the Collection. I’ve seen, and helped others in similar situations! Many of us Collectors would do all we could if we knew where, or had a way to help you get the Family Collection back together! As much as we love our Winchester’s, putting them back into a Family Collection, would be pretty Cool!CoolGood Luck!

April 11, 2021
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Thanks Limestone!

Getting this rifle has rekindled my often delayed dream of putting together a representative sample of this once epic collection.

I’ll boast on the former collection a bit.  It contained firearms, well documented ones, belonging to wild west outlaws and Civil War Generals from both sides.

That’s why the old inventory records are vitally important. I’m not likely to get one of those, but one can dream!

Take care!

 

Matt

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April 12, 2021
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Appears to be a very nice 1873, though it’s hard tp tell much from the photo. Congrats! 

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Winchester Model 1873 44-40 circa 1886

April 12, 2021
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Thanks Kevin! I’ll post up more once its in my hands.

Matt

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Quick update. It has been a bit of a process. I’m securing insurance (Eastern) this week prior to shipment.  

I had a new Pelican 1750 double rifle case drop shipped to my relative along with rifle socks, tape and locks. Happily, upon discovery it was a double rifle case he decided to send me a send me a second rifle from our long lost family collection.

So I’m getting a sweet 1873 in 38-40 and a mid-1900’s .22 Marlin 39A lever action with factory scope(I believe). He’s keeping the Red Ryder.

Here is a pic of My incoming rifles

Please note the bluing on the 1873 looks pretty amazing in this new pic. At least to my untrained eye.

Take care!

Matt

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September 17, 2021
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I secured the 1873 last night. It and a pristine and scoped up Marlin 39A arrived at my 2nd cousin FFL Tuesday.  

His usual UPS driver was on vacation so the contract driver left them propped against the door without a signature.  BEWARE UPS.  Fortunately they were not stolen nor damaged. Pelican1750 in a cardboard box performed nicely!  His usual driver has his cell number and will call whenever he has a package coming. He prefers USPS because they’ll hold packages at the post office if not deliverable.

Back to the rifle, it is in better condition than the previously depicted. A few use marks here and there, but a very nice (and correct) patina to the blueing, no signs of work, wood looks to fit perfectly, bore looks great, and not abused. Although I did spot 1 or 2 buggerd up screw slots, but most looked un or only lightly touched.

Pics shortly as soon as I can line up my work photographer.  She’s awesome, and also the owner of a family heirloom 1873 out of Oklahoma!

I will need some help cleaning it.  It sat in a closet untouched for 55 years in a gun sleeve that degraded badly. I think the dust cover was open the entire time leaving a fibrous gummy mess in the action where the decomposed padding combined with gun oil. This left the action feeling just a gummy and still as you would expect. Trigger is surprisingly crisp, better than some Glocks I’ve hadLaugh

I’m super interested to hear the board’s evaluation once I get pics and the letter posted.

Thanks,

Matt

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