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This Winchester Model 1873 Rifle - Special Order, serial #274601B, is in overall fine condition. This Winchester '73 features a casehardened receiver, half magazine, shotgun butt (uncheckered steel) and a 24” octagon barrel. Full octagon barrels on a “button magazine” are a very rare feature. All these features are verified with a factory letter.
The colors have muted in the last 120 years to a pleasing darker gray. All the screws match, with the exception of the side plate screw that is a bright shiny blue, obviously a replacement. The wood to metal fit is perfect and the stocks are also in fine condition with no major scratches or dings. The mechanics are excellent and the bore is an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
This 1873 Winchester rifle has special sights, not noted in the letter, but all available from Winchester at the time. The front sight is an unmarked “semi-jack” ivory bead style. A Lyman folding leaf sight is in the barrel dovetail. A Lyman peep sight, with coarse knurling is mounted on the tang. It is marked, “Pat. Jan 29/79". The barrel retains about 90-95% original shiny blue, slightly thinning, with the only losses on the octagon edges. All the casehardening is present on the receiver, hammer, finger lever and the fore end cap.
A really beautiful example of a hard to find configuration. In my many years of collecting I have only run across several others in this configuration but not this caliber.
Clarks Antiques antique firearms Winchester Model 1873 Rifle Special Order - Price $7,000.00
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