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Model 1873 Serial # 627 Nickel Trim?
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February 18, 2017 - 4:58 pm
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Winchester Model 1873 44-40 circa 1886

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I doubt it was an omission in ledger or report.

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That is not the normal nickel trim I see on a Winchester. The butt plate,  forearm cap and the stock screws were plated on  guns that letter nickel trim

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Bob is right, the parts that are nickel are not consistent with lettered 1873s with nickel trim. 

 

Furthermore, there were a lot of non factory nicked 1st models and early 2nd models that were done when the guns were new or near new by very good gunsmith’s or resellers of that era. I have had several. These are very hard to tell from factory nickeled guns,  but usually the serial number or other marking show subtle signs of re polishing, and odd parts are nickeled that Winchester would not do. I believe this gun in question to be one of these quality early non factory nickel jobs. 

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Thanks for your comments guys. I agree Bob, it does seem that whomever did the nickel plating, Winchester or aftermarket, that the buttplate and forearm cap would have been nickeled as well and of course the top and bottom tang screws. 

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Winchester Model 1873 44-40 circa 1886

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