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WINCHESTER 1873
April 4, 2021
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Thought I'd share some pics on a 73 I just picked up this Morning. Went to visit an old friend, still living alone, almost 100 yrs. old! No family left to speak of, and we settled on a reasonable price, this morning over breakfast. This is truly an Honest 1873 in my opinion. I can see that he put some kind of Varnish on the finish yrs. ago, probably doing more good than harm! I know that he picked it up sometime about the 50's or 60's, from the old time stories that he told. At one time he had a pretty extensive collection of Winchesters, that I mostly now own. I learned early on, that if I didn't speak up, it was soon gone! This one is a third model Rifle serial numbered 167994A, making it an 1884 mfg. rifle. I've sent an email to Cody, so I plan on verifying what I think I know already, 24 inch Oct. Barrel, plain trigger, stock, with crescent butt.  There's a lot of original blue with some freckling, Some case color on the hammer, and in some protected areas, and the loading tube, is starting to patina! The Bore is strong, and he said that he never fired it. I'm seeing a lot of unmolested, good honest wear! He is truly one of the last old time gentleman that I know! I'll try to include some quality pics. I hope that you can enjoy them!

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April 4, 2021
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Looks like a good original gun to me.

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April 4, 2021
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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.

April 4, 2021
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I agree! I also appreciate the rifle buttstock! I think as true Collectors of the old west we all think alike! There's just something about those old Rifles!!!

April 4, 2021
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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.

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April 4, 2021
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Love to see those pics! I think we all agree a 73 in the traditional cowboy round of 44 cal would be any of our first choice, given one. This one even had the full rattle of the original cleaning rods in the trap door! Kinda neat!Smile

April 4, 2021
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  Nice gun, the old gent took good care of it! I like the OBFMCB 73. Congratulations T/R

April 4, 2021
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In the s/n 130,000 area is when the shotgun butt went to the rifle butt as standard.

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April 4, 2021
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Thanks Bob, I didn't realize that! T/R When I would visit, which would always seem as often as I could, we would always talk about old Guns and such, and we would always rub em down with a Rig Rag! That was his deal, Rig Rag, if I heard it once I probably heard it a Million times! LOL! Good thing cuz that stuff really  works! I was wondering in all the 73 research, are there numbers, in production, showing, round Barrels to Octagon? Naturally, he still refers to Madis Book, and he never owned a Computer, and doesn't want one! He gets pretty amazed at the smart phone, and what's on it! Yeah he took great care of her, she might be a plain Jane, so to speak, with her nicks and scratches, and normal wear, but she's honest! I thought you guy's would enjoy it!

April 4, 2021
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In my research I've come up with 68% Octagon, 28.5% Round and 3.5% 1/2 Oct

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April 5, 2021
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Very nice 1873. Really enjoyed seeing your photos. Congrates! 

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April 5, 2021
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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. 

 

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April 5, 2021
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Very nice 73. Thanks for sharing pictures, and your friendship with this gentleman.

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April 5, 2021
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1873man said
In my research I've come up with 68% Octagon, 28.5% Round and 3.5% 1/2 Oct

Bob  

I appreciate the info. Bob. Naturally, I didn't realize the Octagon comparison far outweighs the round Barrels! 3.5 % for 1/2 Oct. I guess isn't really surprising, just leaning toward the rare side to me! I'm glad to hear so many are enjoying the pics. as much as the GentlemanSmile!

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Bob, How many 73's in the Survey to date?

April 6, 2021
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April 7, 2021
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1873man said
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Thanks Bob! I'm sure you have a boat load of time invested! But I would imagine that your enjoying it immenselySmile!

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1873man said
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Wow!

That's a lot of info and much dedication putting it together. 

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April 8, 2021
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It keeps me out of trouble! but I have had a lot of help from other members sending me information. 

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