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Winchester 1873 Markings ?
August 23, 2013
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I picked up a 73 and under the forend where the barrel screws into receiver there's the #'s 77 which I know is the year it was made but in front of that there are 3 +'s ?.Does anyone know what these + marks mean ?.The serial # is just below 20,000 so I know it was made in 1877
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August 23, 2013
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Standard inspector marks for the time, later replaced by 1 2 3

August 23, 2013
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Ed,

The +++ is a barrel inspection or test marking. First they marked them CCC, then +++ and finally 123 was used. I have never seen a 73 barrel marked with a year code like the later model guns

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August 23, 2013
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Thanks Guys !
The 3 + and 77 are very readable.I just didn't know what the markings ment as me not owning a 73 before.Just wish I can find the parts I need and get it shooting now !
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August 24, 2013
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1873man wrote:

I have never seen a 73 barrel marked with a year code like the later model guns

I would agree with this statement. And a SN of just under 20,000 is from production during 1876 (as per data listed in Redbook) so that does not correlate.

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August 24, 2013
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88-man,

Did you letter the gun yet? I was just wondering about the 77 if that correlates to the year. I did look through some old letters I have and found a 20425 serial number that letters entered into the warehouse 8/78.

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August 24, 2013
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Hey Bob
I have'nt lettered it but it's serial # 197XX.According to my first edition of G Madis date book it's made in 77 but I know theres talk of his #'s being off.His book also shows that the year mine was made obly 108 rifles were shipped
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