#3892 Winchester 1873 OBFMCB standard 24” barrel length and standard trigger, 44WCF
Guns International #: 101272197 Seller's Inventory #: #3892
Category: Winchester Rifles - Antique Lever - Winchester Rifles - Model 1873
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Seller: Tom Burness
Member Since: 3/3/07
First Name: Tom
Last Name: Burness
Country: United States
Phone: (530) 889-9454
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Seller: Private Seller
Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
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#3892 Winchester 1873 OBFMCB standard 24” barrel length and standard trigger, 44WCF, and being a mid-to-late 3rd Variation in the 465XXX range (1893) with a smooth action and a bright shiny 9+ bore! Now, at first glance I thought this was a smooth bore because the rifling is VERY shallow however it is consistant for the entire length, and the rifling is all the same depth from one end of the bore to the other. Also, being a mid-1890s gun, the Winchester factory had finally started using the step-down breech frame on some of the Model 1873s in 44cal, and at some point in these later ‘73s, apparently the non-step frame was discontinued. Previous to that, the 44-caliber rifle frames usually did not have the step-down at the breech, however that was used on all the three other calibers and on some of the special order 44s. The exterior of this rifle is a very near perfect refinish (the lever, hammer, etc, should have been casehardened). The metal and wood are totally devoid of any damage or mentionable dings/or dents, but the wood does have some staining to the stock from oil, etc. The finish is about 97% coverage of an even blue with a 85% density, and the markings are very fine as well. The sights do look to be generic replacements and all these facts (along with 55-years of collecting) form my opinion that this is a well done restoration and refinish and is NOT the original factory finish ….so based on THAT opinion, I have priced it with that in my mind. Near Excellent ( as refinished ), so it is therefore not a $4500 gun, but it sure is a heck of a buy at $2375!