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Have a Hankering for an 1873 Trapper, doesn't everybody?
October 6, 2019
9:28 pm
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I don't know why?  I'm going with they are just cool looking and I need to have a lever action Winchester in the collection.  Any way, after looking at about a dozen of these on the internet, I have some questions.

First, I have seen quite a few With lousy bores. In terms of value, is this a problem when paying the kind of money Being asked for these things?

Second, most of these have letters or some communication from Cody.  There are a couple where the info from Cody does not match the trapper - specifically barrel length or it is supposed to be a 16-inch but it is a 17 inch - with the communication from the sellers that the records aren't the greatest or something to that affect.  Is that the case?  In their defense, the barrels do look like they've been on the trappers for forever.

Third, there is one where the barrel was replaced by the factory (and noted by Cody) with a different length but still a trapper length barrel.  How does this affect value to the collector?

Thank you for your time.

John

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October 6, 2019
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John,

Trappers tend to be on the lower end of condition since they got carried and used in the worst environment so a poor bore does not surprise me with a trapper.

If the barrel length does not letter you will have to take it account in the price and have to make excuse for the gun when you sell it. I shy away from guns you have to make excuses for.

As to the gun that had the barrel changed, How does it letter?

Bob

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October 7, 2019
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Bob,

thank you for the reply.  Good to know about the bores.  Also, I sorta figured the ones that do not letter correctly were something to stay away from unless the price was right.  Although, the price never seems to be "right" for any trapper.

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one with a different barrel length that letters as replaced with that length by the factory.  I don't know about the other. I will have to check.

Best,

John

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October 16, 2019
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Changed my mind, going to get an 1892 Trapper instead.  More to follow.........

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October 16, 2019
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Sounds like fun. Many of those saw hard use too. What are your thoughts on calibers? The 44 WCF commands a premium but the smaller cartridges are great fun if the bore is in decent shape.

 

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October 16, 2019
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Mike,

this one is in pretty good shape judging by the photos and in 44 cal.  I think you're right about the smaller calibers but they'll have to wait for the gun fund to replenish.

john

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October 29, 2019
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My newly acquired 1892 Trapper with 15-inch barrel in 44 WCF.  I don't understand why they didn't sell more of these in the US

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