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Old May 1, 2007, 12:24 PM   #1
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Value of 1873 Winchester

A friend just got an original 1873 Winchester rifle after the passing of his father. Though he has no desire to sell it....he was curious as to what it's value is.
Would anyone out there has an approx value or lead him to someone who can help him.
It is chambered for the 32WCF...markings on the barrel has some dates back in the 1800's...something about the patent.
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Barrel markings..hard to read..may try to get better pic..if I can

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Old May 1, 2007, 12:38 PM   #2
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I don't know what the market would bear. It's in excellent condition. I would see if Winchester will "letter" it.

If it were mine it would be priceless. Stunning rifle!
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Old May 1, 2007, 01:20 PM   #3
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Two or three thousand it looks like. Could be more depending on the vintage and the exact condition. John

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Old May 1, 2007, 01:24 PM   #4
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Don't let your buddy think of altering it in any way!
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Old May 1, 2007, 01:40 PM   #5
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My local shop has one in similar condition, I believe he was looking for $2700 for it. I don't recall the caliber though.

As fisherman66 stated: DON'T alter it!!!
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Old May 1, 2007, 03:37 PM   #6
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Thank you for the replies....
Would it be advisable not to shoot it? Were these 32 WCF cartridges back then...loaded with black powder??
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Old May 1, 2007, 03:57 PM   #7
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Winchester made the Model 1873 up until 1919.
Guns made after the 1890's were suitable for smokeless loads, but guns made before that are NOT.

The 32 WCF (now called the 32-20) was originally a black powder load.
Whether that rifle is safe to shoot with modern loads depends entirely when it was made, and the internal condition.

Under NO circumstances should the rifle be "cleaned up" or "polished up".
Cleaned of dirt and fouling is OK, but anything beyond that will reduce the value by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

Here's a web site that lists date made by serial number:
http://cowichanbay.net/winchesterguns/serial73.html

Original Winchester '73's in even fair shape are HIGH-DOLLAR items these days, so take care to find out exactly what you have before accepting any offers to buy.
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Old May 1, 2007, 04:38 PM   #8
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Boy....you can wonder about the history of this particilar rifle. It was brought back from Oklahoma
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Old May 1, 2007, 08:54 PM   #9
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The serial number on his rifle is 422174(6?) So it looks like his rifle was manufactured in 1891.....
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Old May 1, 2007, 09:08 PM   #10
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The value can vary widely depending on whether it's a:

1. First Model Rifle
2. Carbine First Model
3. Musket First Model
4. Rifle Second Model
5. Carbine Second Model
6. Musket Second Model
7. Rifle Third Model
8. Carbine Third Model
9. Musket Third Model
10. Trapper's Carbine
11. "One of One Thousand"
12. "One of One Hundred"

Evidently it's not a carbine model....can you tell from any of the markings whether it is or isn't any of the above? Tell me all markings please. What is the barrel length exactly? Is the buttplate curved or straight? Tell me that I could help more....

The condition looks to be roughly 35-40%, more or less...

If that's 400,000 + serial number, then it's going to be a Third Model I do think

If it's a "One of a Thousand", it could be worth $65,000-$225,000. If it's "One of a Hundred", it could be worth $100,000-$350,000

It's *probably* a "Rifle Third Model", which would put it about $1,475 in 30%, up to $2,100 40%, or $2,750 50%. Doubt there's any way that that rifle is over 50%. It's definitely closer to 30% than anything else, so likely you could fetch $1,500 to $2,250 on gunbroker, or $1,000-$1,500 to sell it quickly at a gun show.
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Old September 9, 2010, 04:35 PM   #11
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My friend is leaving a Winchester 1873 to my son. We currently have it at the gunsmiths having the mainspring replaced and getting the gun cleaned up. That means just cleaning the moving parts. No refinishing. This gun is a keeper. We have no intension on selling it. Just wondering if anyone here can give me some advice on the serial number. And to those of you who have dealt with the Cody Museum. What infromation do they send out. I know the fee is $65. Just wondering what you get for it.
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