From a Nashville area collection comes this very attractive Winchester model of 1873. Manufacturer was Winchester Repeating Arms, New Haven, CT., so marked on the barrel flat. Further marking is King’s Patent Improvement, Patented March 29, 1866. October 26, 1860. From its 204,000 range, B-suffixed serial number, this one actually left New Haven in October of 1886.
It is Model 1873, stamped on the tang. Type is lever action repeating rifle. Construction is entirely steel metal, with exception of the cartridge carrier; with American Walnut stock and forend. Barrel is 24 inch Octagonal, with six groove right hand 1:36 rifling. It used a black powder cartridge and was designed well before the advent of smokeless powder. Sights are original dovetailed front blade with set screw that is drift adjustable for windage; and factory replacement rear sight and elevator. We estimate the rear was installed in the 1940s or 1950s. Magazine holds 15 rounds of .44-40 black powder ammunition. Finish is about 90 percent brown patina metal with ten percent original bluing, visible on the trigger, under side, loading gate, and receiver recesses. Wood appears original oil finish, with moderate scouring. Note the series of 10 light notches on the left side of the stock wrist. Bore and mechanism are surprisingly clean and sharp. We’re offering this 73 Winchester for only $ 1873.00.