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Forearms and tenon on 1873 Winchesters
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February 9, 2021 - 2:01 pm
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 Quick question for the experts regarding forearm, and tenons. Have a 73 Winchester with an  octagon barrel. The barrel is the heavier one and measures around .940 at the breech end where it meets the receiver. Been trying to find a forearm for it for quite awhile but just wondering about the tenon and forearm cap. Are the tenon the same size on all octagon barrels, meaning  that the screws holes on the forend cap differ. I know the forearm cap is different, and would be sized to the octagon barrel. Would the tenon on a standard barrel be the same on a heavier barrel? Do I have to find a different tenon for the heavier barrel. Thanks for any info you can give me.

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I assume it to be a 44 which has a heavier barrel. The tenon would be the same for all 73’s. The forearm and cap would have to be fit to the barrel. The forearm is the easy part since its wood and can be sanded or milled. The cap is a harder to do. I have seen were people have spread them open to fit a barrel. Another thing is to look for is first model parts, they tend to be a little wider.


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