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MODEL 1873 WINCHESTER RIFLE – MANUFACTURED IN 1890 - DELUXE BURLED WALNUT STOCKS – VERY NICE CONDITION:  This very nice Model 1873 Winchester Rifle featuring deluxe-grade burled walnut stocks, and per the Winchester Repeating Arms Company records, this rifle - serial number 352228B - was manufactured in 1890.  The addition of the “B” suffix to the serial number indicates the rifle was referred for special work during the manufacturing process, likely the addition of the higher quality walnut stocks.    

Chambered for .38-40 WCF caliber and having the standard 24” octagon barrel, the rifle 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 bore is very good with sharp, clear rifling, an overall bright surface, and only minimal scattered spots of light pitting commensurate with the age of the rifle.  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 and the lever which retain much of the original blue finish.  The rifle retains the original front and rear sights.  All of the proper stampings are present and very legible on the top of the barrel, the upper and lower receiver tangs, and on the brass lifter.  The sliding brass cleaning rod port in the butt plate is present and functions smoothly.   

This rifle is stocked with high figured walnut with a particularly nice burl figure in both the forearm and the buttstock, and they are finished in a rich tone.  The burl figure is much more apparent when viewed in person than it shows in the photographs.  I tried several combinations of contract and lighting with the photography in order to bring out the grain and just wasn’t able to do the grain justice.   The stocks are in very good to excellent condition with only minor handling marks and no cracks or other damage.   

Overall this is a very attractive Model 1873 Winchester Rifle which presents very well with the special deluxe walnut stocks, and it has survived the years in very nice condition.  (0101)  $3,150



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