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SCARCE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 SMALL BORE LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 346598. Cal. 22 Short. Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ rnd bbl, full magazine, 1/2 nickel front sight, and semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with uncheckered, straight grain American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate. There were only 19,552 of these small bore ’73s produced in the period 1884-1904 in 2 bbl lengths with a few in deluxe configuration. Given that they were small bore they were considered to be ladies or boys rifles and were rarely afforded regular or any maintenance at all and in the hands of inexperienced shooters usually saw hard abusive service and are rarely found today with any orig finish. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all original. Bbl and magazine tube retain about 95% plum blue patina. Receiver retains blue in sheltered areas being mostly a plumy patina with a few light nicks and scratches on the left side. Lever and hammer retain dark case colors and the buttplate is a dark brown patina. Wood is sound with nicks, dings and scratches and the buttstock retains about 75% orig varnish. Forearm retains about 60% orig varnish with the balance a hand worn patina. Extractor on bolt is missing, otherwise mechanics are fine, worn dark bore. Inside magazine tube is orig. 4-49196 JR241 (2,000-3,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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