1873 38.40 Winchester

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Burnhaven, Sep 15, 2018 at 8:35 AM.

  1. Burnhaven

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    I inherited one of these that my wife's great-grandfather owned just before he died in 1903 ...seems like it's in working condition although I don't have any ammunition for it.... it's most likely destination is permanently mounted on a wall as a family Memento if I can remove the firing pin or otherwise disable it from Curious grandchildren...?????

    I'd rather not put a trigger lock on it for appearance sake... I suppose somebody could consider selling one of these

    Winchester Model 1873 .38-40 (.38 WCF) (W9525)
     
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    Man I envy you ! Not really much danger if you have no ammo for it but it is available and if it were mine I'd give it a good cleaning, inspection and shoot it! But then I like lever action rifles. A few years ago I actually had a supply of 38-40 ammo, brass & dies and considered finding a Winchester but other gun projects got in the way and it got 'tabled'.
     
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  3. CountryGent

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    For whatever it is worth, Black Hills makes ammo for your rifle. HSM does or at least did in the past. Naturally, you would want a competent gunsmith to confirm the rifle is safe to shoot.

    In my sojourn in California, I had a gun club friend who was still running a 1873 in .44—40 WCF which, according to said gentleman, "had been in the family a very long time." He shot it many a time when I was there. :)
     
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  4. Burnhaven

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    After watching a couple of videos I was able to remove the two side plates very easily with one screw and then slide out the two cocking links which basically renders the thing inoperable and safe with children around... I don't plan to shoot it... I was able to figure out from the serial number that it's an 1889 build..
     
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    Should you be interested in the history and mechanical aspects, you might find this video of interest @Burnhaven. Cheers.

     
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    The original 10mm, all good things come back around.
     
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  7. Burnhaven

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    Those "links" are actually called toggles. Still not sure though if someone could manually insert a round into the breech, push the bolt closed , pull the hammer back and fire it with those toggles out. I also saw where those toggles prevent the bolt from moving back when firing so without them could be dangerous.

    WinchesterRifleToggles.jpg
     
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    If you decide to let me know.
     
  9. Burnhaven

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    Just need to find a "gunmetal" colored trigger lock now. I now realize that removing those toggles makes the gun more dangerous since manual loading and firing could shoot the bolt out the back end.
     
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    Don't know that a trigger lock will work as the lever is brought down and the trigger is just left there hanging. It's unlike the "normal" trigger in the trigger guard arrangement.

    If I might suggest something......just use some plastic zip ties and zip tie the lever shut.

    Aloha, Mark
     
  11. Burnhaven

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    Hey Mark thanks for the suggestions yeah you don't know my daughter-in-law ....if there's any chance a kid could cut the wire ties off it won't fly..... but I see what you mean about the trigger lock .... I have a cable lock that could be run through the lever and around the stock, I'll just have to find one a little shorter so most of the cable and the lock itself are out of view
     

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