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Upgraded wood on case-hardened guns
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In “The Winchester Book” George Madis alludes to the company upgrading wood on rifles ordered with case-hardening.  This seems to have been the case even if upgraded wood was not requested.  

From my own experience I have seen this on 1873’s and 1876’s.  Was it common as well on other models that got case-hardening as an “extra” feature?  I know the early 1886’s had case-hardening on the receivers as standard, so one would presume upgraded wood would not happen with them.

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There was a high condition M1873 with Birds-Eye Maple stocks and case-hardened receiver at Allentown this past weekend that lettered.

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My 1886 manufactured in 1892 in 40-82 with cae-colred receivet has straight grain walnut–nothing fancy about it.  However, my 1886 takedown (blued receiver) manufactured in 1895 also in 40-82 has fancier select grade wood.  Also, My 1894 takedowns have a fancier select grade wood as well.  I’ve observed the same with the 1892 takedowns.

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Bill,

That is my observation on the 73 that with case colored receiver they tend to have extra figure wood.

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There was a high condition M1873 with Birds-Eye Maple stocks and case-hardened receiver at Allentown this past weekend that lettered.

Who had this rifle on their table?

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I once owned a 73 with a barrel that was 2″ longer than standard.  It definitely had upgraded wood.

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Also, My 1894 takedowns have a fancier select grade wood as well.  I’ve observed the same with the 1892 takedowns.

Don

  

Agreed, for whatever reason, it seems that a lot of ’92 and ’94 take-downs have a little better wood on them, even if standard in every other way. I’ve heard it referred to as “Take-down Wood”.

As for the ’73’s with case-hardened frames, it seems that most of them I run into are deluxe. I do have one standard 1873 with CCH frame but don’t recall it having much better wood. I need to pull it out and refresh my memory now. 

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 Most 73’s and 76’s with a cased frame have some figure in the wood. Most 86’s with cased frame don’t have figure in the wood. Maybe because the case frame was standard on the majority of 86 plain guns. It seems like wood with a little figure was added to some guns with special features without being mentioned on the letter. T/R 

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86, 92, and 94s take-downs often have nicer wood, Madis called it extra finish wood, not nice enough to grade, but not plain, that would put on TDs. It seems to ring true, as I have a few standard TDs with a little grain, and have seen a lot of others.

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