Originally Posted by 71kcfdcapt
I have 2 1873's, 1st one is a sporter, round barrel 24" in 32-20 ser.#314008B
2nd is a sporter, octagon barrel 28" in 44-40 ser.#3XXXX1 from memory, I am not home to look at it but I happen to have the 32-20 with me. I will post it up when I have it.
ser.#314008B was made in late 1889, with 38,651 made that year.
ser.#3XXXX1 was made between 1888 and 1891, if that's as close as you can get, that's as close as I can get.
PM me the the number when ya get it, and I'll edit this post with the correct year.