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1873 Winchester

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by row, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. row

    row New Member

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    I have a 1873 Winchester in really good condition, 38 cal. serial # 190 805 B
    Kings Improvement March 1866 Oct. 1860 stamped on the barrel.
    any idea of it`s worth ???
  2. Tom

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    I looked on a website with production dates and it indicated 1885. I presume the .38 caliber is .38-40. If it is in decent shape, I suspect it is worth several thousand dollars. I wouldn’t recommend shooting it much. It is too valuable and the metal at that time was a bit soft. If you want a ’73 to shoot, consider an Italian clone.
  3. row

    row New Member

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    OK
    And thanks for the info Tom
  4. Bert H.

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    Hello row,

    The value is determined by two things; (1) The graded condition, and (2) the specific configuration of the gun. In order to assess either, I will need to see several clear detailed pictures of the gun. It could be a $700 "beater" parts gun, or it could potentially be worth $10K+.

    It is an 1885 vintage gun, and the cartridge is the 38 W.C.F. If the rifle is in good mechanical condition, it can safely handle any modern factory loaded 38-40 ammo.

    Bert H.
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