I have Winchester 38 w.c.f. rifle, Model 1873 with pat. dates of Mar. 29, 1866 and Oct. 18, 1860. Ser. #553080B. Could someone tell me about the gun and approx. value?
Good morning Bunker,
The Model 1873 rifle was offered in 3 centerfire calibers. The .32-20WCF, the .38-40WCF, and .44-40WCF. In addition, it was chambered for .22 rim fire. It was available in either a sporting rifle or saddle ring carbine configuration. In order to tell you what the value is of your rifle I will need to know which style of rifle you have and the condition of the gun. If you could post some good clear detail photos of it that would be a big help to me. You could also send the large uncompressed image files to my email.
Thanks 2bit for your response. My son will be here this weekend & I will have him take some pictures of this rifle & get them to you. Sending photos by way of the computer is over my head.
Thanks again for your kindness.
I am glad to help. I will look forward to the photos. You might look down this page a bit to find "Related Posts" and read some of them about other Model 1873 rifles.
Have a fun 4th weekend.
Did you get the photos I sent you last Monday?
Good morning Bunker,
Yes, I did receive the photos of your Model 1873 rifle. Sorry that it took a few days for me to get back to you on this. As you can see I cropped and posted a number of the images below.
You have a Sporting Rifle configuration with the standard 24 inch. You can get an exact date the rifle was received and shipped from the warehouse by contacting the Cody Firearms Museum at: http://www.bbhc.org/firearms/index.cfm
You can read a bit more about the Model 1873 here: http://www.winchestercollector.org/guns/1873.shtml
Your particular rifle is in fair condition overall with maybe the only alteration being the stock having been lightly sanded long ago. The wood fit is just a bit wrong at a few points along the receiver and a little low around the butt plate. The barrel bluing is acceptable but certainly has many nicks and scratches with some small pits. There is almost no bluing left on the end caps and the magazine tube has very thin bluing. The muzzle shows considerable wear. The receiver has less than 50% coverage.
I would rate the rifle overall as less than 50% condition and would have a value in the $1500 to maybe $2000 range on a good day.
I also have a 38 WCE riffle.
Start a new posing and include photos of your rifle. Please rad the following:
What I Need http://www.gunvaluesboard.com/give-me-what-i-need-294224.html
In order to assess the condition and determine the value of the rifle I will need to see some good photos. Please take a look at the following link and get back to me, I will be glad to help - http://www.gunvaluesboard.com/how-to-take-pictures-of-your-gun-4-quick-tips-that-save-time-and-yield-better-results-1420.html