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Old March 23, 2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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1873 rifle or carbine in a 44/40

Ok I like to buy a model 1873 lever rifle I was looking at the Carbine model and the rifle model made by Urberti. Now I would like to know what rifle was used the most in the 1870s the carbine or the rifle also barrel lenght 19 in or 20.

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Old March 23, 2011, 03:55 PM   #2
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In the 1870s the most common Winchester rifle was the 1866. The most common 73 rifle was the 24 inch barrel rifle with the 20 inch carbine (original Winchester carbines had a 20 inch barrel) a close second. The 20 inch "short rifle" wasn't a common thing till the 1890s, but Winchester offered many custom features on their rifles so it would've been possible in the 1870s.
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Old March 23, 2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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MJN77 is correct. I have read that the carbine was common in the West while the rifle was more popular for hunting in the East.

That being said, I love my Model '73 44/40 rifle with 30 inch barrel.
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Old March 23, 2011, 04:26 PM   #4
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i took the advice of the store manager when i purchased my 73. i went with the short rifle. i am so glad i did it. the carbines are stocked funky, the rifles are too long for a pistol cartridge in my opinion. fwiw, bobn
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Old March 23, 2011, 08:00 PM   #5
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I own a Uberti 1873 carbine and a 24 inch barrel rifle, both in .44-40. I love them both. The rifle can and has killed deer at over 100 yards. The carbine isn't quite as accurate, but is a dandy woods companion. Honestly, there isn't much difference in feel between the two. Both are fairly light and very comfortable to shoulder and carry.
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Old March 23, 2011, 11:01 PM   #6
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Nice thing about the 44-40 is that there is little to no blowback when shooting black powder cartridges.
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Old March 28, 2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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I'd love to get a 24'. They have a really "old west" look to them vs. the B-western look of carbines.
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