Looks like a good original gun to me.
July 31, 2005
That looks like a pretty nice old .38 WCF rifle. Many of the early .38 WCF rifles have the shotgun buttstock. I am one who thinks these early Winchesters look better with the rifle buttstock. Congratulations on adding it to your collection.
I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder
January 26, 2011
Beautiful rifle, in high condition that anyone would be proud of. Nicely done! I recently purchased a 44 standard OB CB FM that’s in very similar condition at the Sioux Falls show. Its an 1888 rifle and I need to post a few pics of that one. They would make a nice pair! Thanks for sharing.
June 4, 2017
In the s/n 130,000 area is when the shotgun butt went to the rifle butt as standard.
In my research I’ve come up with 68% Octagon, 28.5% Round and 3.5% 1/2 Oct
November 7, 2015
Congrats, and I agree with your friend on the Rig rag. Used one for years, need to dig it out when I go thru the safe again. You’re a lucky man to share breakfast with this gentleman. His memories are as precious as his firearms collection.
It keeps me out of trouble! but I have had a lot of help from other members sending me information.
June 11, 2014
[email protected] said
Kevin I’m glad that your enjoying them. Tell me, In you signature, your picture is of a really nice looking 73, with what looks like an extra length Heavy Barrel! Is that the case, and do you own it? If so, whats the info on it? Thanks
Here’s info on her:
Winchester Model 1873 44-40 circa 1886
March 31, 2009
Dean George said
Where can I find a firing pin for an 1873 octagonal barrel rifle? don’t know if is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd iteration. Is a 044 cal.
Give us the serial number or tell us how the dust cover is mounted.
Looks like you got a keeper. Rocky Mt. front sight as well.
November 19, 2006
[email protected] said
Yeah I agree Bob! It’s definitely a keeper! The good Honest wear, in my Opinion matches with the worn crescent butt, the end of the Barrel where it must have been placed in a padded case of some kind, and even the side plate wear, is amazingly even and matching to me! The Bore matches as good with slight used wear. I’m pretty impressed with it! Like you said the Rocky Mountain sight looks to be original also, as you can see the drift pin used on it to adjust the wind-age! The Corners on the Flats show some even wear, in all the right places. Really a nice Antique!