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Winchester 1873, 1st Model Magazine tube, Serial number 4538
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I have a Winchester 1873 Serial number 4538 that was in pieces when I purchased it.  All parts except 2 screws were in it and had it put together by a Gunsmith.  When it was returned from the gunsmith a couple more parts were missing but I have been able to purchase those. (never use that gunsmith again) The barrel has been cut back 1 inch.  The rifling is very good with not a lot of wear on the internal parts.  The Magazine tube is split and was collapsed slightly.  The Gunsmith fixed it (worse than when it went to him).  How do I repair the tube.  Please see attatched pictures.  29025-1.jpegImage Enlarger29027-1.jpegImage Enlarger29079-1.jpegImage Enlarger

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The tubes were rolled steel and soldered. So to fix it you have to squeeze it together and solder it. The threads will have to be cleaned out to get the plug in.

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You will want to reach out to Mark Douglas, our resident gunsmith of antique arms.  You can send him a PM or find him on the restoration, repair and maintenance page.

He can work wonders putting these old guns back in order.

I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder

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I’m sorry your “gunsmith” disappointed you, Todd. I’m also disappointed that anyone who can assemble an “M4 Platform” gun feels qualified to call himself a gunsmith these days. I was impressed by the curriculum presented by the school Mark Douglas attended. In my opinion even a talented craftsman has no business calling himself a gunsmith until he is fluent in metallurgy, can operate a drill press, mill and lathe without hesitation, and possesses the patience for rust bluing and case hardening among other skills. As someone who is challenged by fitting a part for a simple repair I am in awe of a true gunsmith. 

Rant over.

 

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It was quite an eye opener as this gunsmith works on old western style weapons.  One of the parts I had to go and get physically from him was the original thumb print dust cover.  He told me it was not needed so he didn’t install it and had misplaced it.  After encouraging him to scour his shop while I watched we found it shortly.  He was nice about it, just said it was overlooked.

Placed on list of never, ever recommend or visit this place.

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I’m quite sure the guy knows what the cover is worth. I agree with you never back in there and tell your friends.

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