RARE Winchester, Model 1873, Third variation, .22 Cal., MFG. 188...
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Winning Bid US $2560 First bid $500
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Started 2020-10-27 17:00:00
Ended 2020-12-05 01:05:00

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RARE Winchester, Model 1873, Third variation, .22 Cal., MFG. 1884, SN: 160152A, Lever Action Rifle, 24'' Octagon barrel, Full mag. While Winchester had manufactured & loaded the 22 Short & Long cartridges since the year 1873, the model '73 chambered for these cartridges was only first offered in 1884, after serial number 145,000. Thus making this rifle made that same year & just 15,000 serial numbers later, one of the early produced .22 rifles. It appears that it was an early take-down variation, which was later changed because the design was not successful at holding the rifles two halves tight. It may have been returned for the peening of the take-down pin, that corrected the loose barrel issues of the original take-down design. This rifle's barrel is tight & is very nice. The original wood stocks are very good & solid. They carry the original finish which has worn thin & darkened from use & oils. There are numerous minor dings, scratches & contusions. Metal blue finish on the barrel is 50% starting to tone to a plum/brown patina. Other metal surfaces have turned to a lovely chocolate brown patina. The cartridge holding loading tube is of the early type having the ring of heavier steel & a separate stop spring. Brass block is engraved .22 CAL. SHORT. Bore is excellent. Original buckhorn rear sight & small brass blade front sight. Tight action & functioning dust cover. Receiver appears to carry several replacement screws carrying a blue finish. The rifle has a lovely aged eye appeal & is a very desirable as a .22 caliber 1873. Antique No FFL Req. - Value: 1000 to 2500

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RARE Winchester, Model 1873, Third variation, .22 Cal., MFG. 188...
Item # 4016
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