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badbadhoggie
August 25, 2010, 10:30 AM
I have an 1873 winchest serial #530963B what does the letter b stand for?

Hardcase
August 25, 2010, 01:03 PM
According to Madis' Winchester book, the letter "B" is a factory work mark and doesn't really mean anything special. Some 1873s had "A"s, some had "B"s and some had no letter at all.

badbadhoggie
August 25, 2010, 01:09 PM
Thanx hardcase i was just courious

Old Grump
August 25, 2010, 01:27 PM
Made in 1899 and it was the third model. The suffix was for engineering changes, like the addition of the dust cover dovetail (Mortise). It was a quick way for Winchester gunsmiths to ID correct parts, since all parts were not interchangeable between the three models.

badbadhoggie
August 25, 2010, 01:32 PM
thanx grump...have quiet a few of the old winchesters, but by know means a expert and have always been courious as to the a, b suffix and amazingly can't find a knowelgable person in this area?