3002: Outstanding Desirable Winchester Model 1873 Lever
This very fine Winchester Model 1873 Rifle was manufactured in 1890. The rifle receiver is fitted with the integral dust cover rail, dust cover with serrated edges and concealed trigger pin. The rifle has a blued full octagon barrel, full-length magazine, forearm cap and receiver. The hammer, loading lever and crescent buttplate have a color casehardened finish. The stock and forearm are straight grain black walnut with a varnish finish. The barrel is fitted with a dovetail mounted "Rocky Mountain" front sight with nickel-silver blade and a sporting style rear sight with serrated edges and a screw-adjustable sighting notch insert. A Lyman folding combination rear sight is mounted on the receiver tang. The buttplate has a sliding brass trap. The top of the barrel is roll-stamped: "WINCHESTER'S REPEATING ARMS. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A./-KING'S IMPROVEMENT PATENTED MARCH 29. 1866 OCTOBER 16. 1860.-" in two lines ahead of the rear sight and "44 W.C.F." between the rear sight and the receiver. "44 CAL" is stamped in script letters on the bottom of the cartridge elevator. The serial number, "374877B" is stamped in script letters on the lower tang between the loading lever and the rear tang screw. The model designation on the upper tang is covered by the tang sight.
BBL: 24 inch octagon
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Serial Number: 374877B