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Rick 44-40
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« on: November 13, 2017, 06:39:11 pm »


I am new to this site and I asking for some help.  I purchased a Winchester 1873 reproduction two years ago and it's great, but it's not a real American made Winchester 1873.  So i'm ready to start looking for a real 1873, I visited my local gun show this weekend and seen a few 1873 rifles dating 1887 to 1889 and the asking price was $2.500.00.
Just looking for help.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 01:52:50 pm »

Rick, while I can appreciate the love of handling the rifle before you purchase, take a look at Gunbroker and GunAuction as well. Sometimes you can find a real doozy and if no one is looking or paying attention, get it much cheaper. I've gotten 2 2nd model '73s that way and acquired enough parts to start assembling a third. One of those was an old Colorado rifle with set triggers that still work. Had to repair the toggle links, but it's a dang fine rifle now that its back up and running.

44s will be the hardest to find and get inexpensively, but don't sell the 38-40s short. While mine are all 44-40, there are a number of the guys around that swear by the old 38 WCF. So look around, see what's available and what you can afford. Good luck with your search. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 05:35:41 pm »

Rick, while I can appreciate the love of handling the rifle before you purchase, take a look at Gunbroker and GunAuction as well. Sometimes you can find a real doozy and if no one is looking or paying attention, get it much cheaper. I've gotten 2 2nd model '73s that way and acquired enough parts to start assembling a third. One of those was an old Colorado rifle with set triggers that still work. Had to repair the toggle links, but it's a dang fine rifle now that its back up and running.

44s will be the hardest to find and get inexpensively, but don't sell the 38-40s short. While mine are all 44-40, there are a number of the guys around that swear by the old 38 WCF. So look around, see what's available and what you can afford. Good luck with your search. 

I would prefer to stay with 44-40, because I have a Colt 44-40 SAA!  I am hoping to find a 1873 at a gun show or a local gun store and to stay away from online buying.  That's the reason I am asking for tips on purchasing an original Winchester 1873 rifle.
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 06:16:58 pm »

My first original Winchester 73 came from Turnbulls. I was looking for a musket and they had one with an old refinish for considerably less than an original one in the same condition. They checked it out for me and claimed that it would make a decent CAS rifle. They were right though I did put a lighter mainspring in it. I wouldn't make it my monthly match gun but for a couple of matches a year it's great. Remember you're talking about a 100 plus year old gun. I don't know how much disposable income you've got to work with but I would suggest looking at the nicer dealers for refinished rifles in good condition. They will take anything in trade. I've gotten items from Collectors Firearms too. A true collector wouldn't look twice at a reblue, refinished wood or a relined bbl but a cas shooter might not care. The bigger dealers usually have some wiggle room too. They're not making money sitting on stuff.  But don't ever deal with any one who doesn't accept returns. You can also ask for more photos from reputable dealers. Remember, minty guns cost a mint. Good luck.
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