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GMG
12-31-2010, 4:36 PM
It is marked 44 CAL.

My question does this mean 44-40 for ammo?

It's a model 1873 mfg. in 1895.

This was given to me when I retired from my fellow mgr's.

Mssr. Eleganté
12-31-2010, 4:40 PM
It is marked 44 CAL.

My question does this mean 44-40 for ammo?

Your photo shows the barrel marked as 44 W.C.F. So yes, that's the same as 44-40.

GMG
12-31-2010, 5:09 PM
Your photo shows the barrel marked as 44 W.C.F. So yes, that's the same as 44-40.

Thank you.

I had already bought a couple boxes of 44-40, but thought I'd better check.

smle-man
12-31-2010, 5:18 PM
Nice gift!! Someone once gave me an 1873 rifle made in 1880 with a model 1892 barrel screwed into the receiver and a new extactor cut made. The barrel was heavily pitted and it still shot ok. How's the bore in yours?

Croweman08
12-31-2010, 5:37 PM
i hate you with the passion of a 1000 suns!!!!! ;)

GMG
12-31-2010, 8:02 PM
Nice gift!! Someone once gave me an 1873 rifle made in 1880 with a model 1892 barrel screwed into the receiver and a new extactor cut made. The barrel was heavily pitted and it still shot ok. How's the bore in yours?

I'll check tomorrow.

SoCal Bob
12-31-2010, 11:19 PM
Wow, they must like you. The best I have done is an Aunt gave me a Forehand & Wadsworth revolver. Mine is definitely a wall hanger, not a shooter. Congrats :D

bjl333
12-31-2010, 11:37 PM
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=80287&d=1293845682

:party: You have some awesome coworkers !!!

rojocorsa
01-01-2011, 7:40 AM
That gun is awesome.

hypnoman
01-01-2011, 8:24 AM
she's a beauty!!

Bukowski
01-01-2011, 10:39 AM
very nice

TRAP55
01-01-2011, 10:54 AM
GMG, nice gift!
Hard for me to see in the pics, but it looks like a couple of screws missing? Side Tang screw and the forend cap screw? Rear sight adjuster too?
Email Jim for the screws, or bring your rifle to the Big Reno Show in March, and have him make sure you get the right screws. Banging my head trying to remember the guy that has the sight adjusters that will be there as well. http://www.tapaderaswinchesters.com/

And please don't post anymore pics until Croweman08 settles down a bit, and gets the drool wiped up.:D

DC45
01-05-2011, 6:19 PM
OMG, that's a nice wee smokepole.
(yep-44-40)

smle-man
01-05-2011, 6:58 PM
Alas

The 1873 that I had a couple years which is now in some ele's hands :(

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/smle-man/action.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/smle-man/buttstock.jpg

GMG
01-08-2011, 6:45 PM
Nice gift!! Someone once gave me an 1873 rifle made in 1880 with a model 1892 barrel screwed into the receiver and a new extactor cut made. The barrel was heavily pitted and it still shot ok. How's the bore in yours?

Put a brush through it about three times followed by 2 patches with CLP and 4 dry patches. The bore is bright and shiny + the lans don't look to bad for it being 115 yrs. old.

v/dBrink
01-09-2011, 3:11 PM
Don't shoot this until you have the headspace checked using an actual headspace gauge. The 1873 uses a toggle-link action that is not very strong and subject to excessive headspace via stretching of the various action parts.

Looks pretty decent overall.

Croweman08
01-09-2011, 4:40 PM
GMG, nice gift!


And please don't post anymore pics until Croweman08 settles down a bit, and gets the drool wiped up.:D


yes, the drool has now been wiped! thanks TRAP! Oh and dont worry, my 73 with a factory barrel inscription will be shipped to me on tuesday!!! Oh thats right........:mnl:

TRAP55
01-10-2011, 7:10 PM
yes, the drool has now been wiped! thanks TRAP! Oh and dont worry, my 73 with a factory barrel inscription will be shipped to me on tuesday!!! Oh thats right........:mnl:
What caliber? Besides, it never happened without pics.:D

otteray
01-10-2011, 7:50 PM
Don't shoot this until you have the headspace checked using an actual headspace gauge. The 1873 uses a toggle-link action that is not very strong and subject to excessive headspace via stretching of the various action parts.

Looks pretty decent overall.


What a wonderful gift to treasure!
The gauge is a great indicator; however not completely conclusive. A modern gauge may not be completely accurate on that old a rifle.
Know your gunsmith's knowledge yourself!
And I'll bite my tongue so I won't bring up fired primer seating depth protrusion and unfired/fired rim size changes as headspace indicators and won't mention light/low pressure reloads that I would use. :rolleyes:
Nice score!

http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?t=77884

pullnshoot25
01-11-2011, 3:42 AM
Lucky bastard.

Croweman08
01-11-2011, 7:32 AM
What caliber? Besides, it never happened without pics.:D

It's a 32-20 and believe me there will be pics as soon as I get it. It ships out today!! Yet again the gf will have to endure my fanatics for at least a couple of days!!