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I'm new to the forum after finding you guys while searching for info on a Winchester 1873. I've been thinking of trying to find one of these rifles for a while. I'm not really wanting one for collectors value so I'm not looking for a high priced piece, something under $2500 but I would like an antique. I do want one that I can shoot on occasion. Any tips on buying one? Price range I should expect? I've found several under $2500 that look interesting just not sure if I'd be getting what I want. Thanks for any advice or tips.
 

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I think any '73 under about $2500 might be in poor condition, neither collectible or usable. You might hit the local gun shows and see what turns up, but be careful, there are a lot of fakes out there as well as junkers refinished and worked over to look good but they are still junkers.

I suggest you might want to look at reproductions, which will be made of better materials thant the originals and will cost a lot less. The excellent Uberti guns run around $1200, not cheap, but I can almost guarantee that a genuine Winchester 73 for that price will be close to junk.

One tip: If caliber is not important, guns in .25-20 and .32-20 run less than those in .38-40 and .44-40, with the last being most expensive.

Jim
 

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The Model 1873 was only available 32 WCF, 38 WCF, and 44WCF centerfire cartridges. The 25-20 WCF was introduced in the year 1895 for the Model 1892.

The 44 WCF is the most popular, and the higher dollar caliber in the Model 1873. That stated, you can find them for under $2500, but in most cases, it will be a refinished gun. If you want one that is still 100% original (unrefinished), the basement bottom price is very near the $2500 mark.

Bert H.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I might just need to stick to the guns I'm used to. But, as an example, here are a few that I was looking at on *********.

http://www.*********.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=322327136

http://www.*********.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=323374014

http://www.*********.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=323588331
The first gun is not a Winchester.

The second rifle has too many issues.

The third gun (SRC) is a decent piece, but my guess is that the reserve price is almost double what you want to pay for it.

Bert H.
 
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