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RARE WINCHESTER MODEL 1873 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 274439. Cal. 38 WCF (38-40). Standard grade rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, full magazine, Rocky Mountain front sight and sporting rear sight with extra fine notch. Receiver, lever, hammer, forend cap & buttplate are color case hardened. Mounted with extra finish, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock and crescent buttplate with trap. It is unusual to find a 3rd Model ’73 rifle that is color case hardened with much remaining orig finish. Firearms from this era, 1886, usually saw continuous hard service on the American frontier under extreme, adverse conditions, usually with little or no maintenance. Such exposure to sunlight and poor care faded the case colors very quickly, therefore finding one today with high orig finish with bright colors is a great rarity, especially standard grade rifles which were the working man’s tool. CONDITION: Extremely fine plus. Bbl & magazine tube retain 98-99% strong orig finish with only very faint muzzle edge wear; receiver & sideplates retain brilliant case colors on the sides, lightly faded over top & bottom; hammer retains bright case colors as does the lever on the sides, fading to silver on outer faces; forend cap retains brilliant case colors; buttplate retains smoky case colors. Wood is sound with light nicks & scratches and appears to have been waxed at some time in the past, otherwise retains about all of its bright orig varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, may be unfired. 4-46814 JR419 (35,000-50,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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