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MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER SADDLE RING CARBINE – CALIBER .44-40 - MANUFACTURED IN 1893 - VERY NICE CONDITION:  This very nice Model 1873 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine - serial number 462568B – which per the Winchester Repeating Arms Company records was manufactured in 1893.   

Chambered in the desirable .44-40 WCF caliber and having the standard 20” round barrel, the carbine has the full length magazine tube. The mechanics are very crisp and smooth with no looseness or wiggle in the lever’s action and a very sharp trigger/hammer let off.  The exterior surfaces of the barrel, receiver and butt plate have a naturally aged plum brown finish with some notable protected areas on the receiver, loading gate, and the lever which retain some of the original blue finish.  The metal surfaces are overall smooth with no significant pitting.  The bore is very good with distinct, clear rifling throughout, an overall smooth surface to the lands and only minimal darkened spots in isolated areas of the grooves.  The condition of the bore is certainly commensurate with the age and overall outer appearance of the carbine.  The correct original front and rear carbine sights, and the original saddle ring are all present and intact.  All of the proper stampings are present and very legible on the top of the barrel and the upper and lower receiver tangs.  The sliding brass cleaning rod port in the butt plate is present and functions smoothly.      

This carbine retains its original forearm and buttstock, and they have a rich undisturbed natural aged patina.  The stocks are in very good to excellent condition – far better than normally seen on a carbine of this vintage - with only minor handling marks and no cracks or other damage.   

This carbine was not a “hot house rose”, definitely seeing regular use during its day, but it was not abused and it was well cared for.  Overall this is a very attractive Model 1873 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine which presents very well, and it has survived the years in very nice condition.  (1019)  $3850



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