SHOT 2013 Preview: Winchester Model 73 .357 Magnum

The Original Model 1873 - Welcome back

Do you love the historical lever-action rifles? Then you’re going to dig this one. How about a Winchester Model 1873 in .357 Magnum. I know the .45 Colt or .32-20 would be historical but .357 and .38 Special are more cost effective so my History degree will forgive me.

The Original Model 1873 - Welcome Back
The Original Model 1873 – Welcome Back

Set up in a short carbine model it is a replica of the gun that won the west. With a 20-inch barrel, classic rifle style foregrip and blue steel crescent buttplate, this is a great looking rifle. The magazine tube is full length and will hold 10 rounds of .357 Magnum or 11 rounds of .38 Special.

Its overall length is just 39 inches and that would make it a great saddle rifle. With the caliber and length it would make a great youth gun, but I would get a little recoil pad as a steel buttplate is not forgiving on young or new shooters shoulders.

If you have never fired one of these rifles in a pistol caliber, it can put the fun back into shooting. I love shooting lever-actions in .30-30 but it can eventually take a toll on ones shoulder. Due to the rifle platform and the handgun cartridge, it makes for an all-day-at-the-range gun if one can afford the ammo these days.

While the shoulder may not suffer much pain, the price may cause a little at over $1,200. However, for those who appreciate these firearms know a quality family rifle can be passed on costs more than a Tupperware gun. Welcome back old friend.

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Comments (10)

  1. would love to see a S&W.357 revolver w/ lightrail that would allow attachment of an extended bbl & telescoping stock, bipod, scope, etc, long-bbl-specific loads

  2. Is this Winchester manf’d? The author allows us to THINK so……but the picture of an old original is missleading! Where is the new rifle (maybe Winchester is just testing the water). I would think at the SHOT show a company like Winchester would have a working production rifle.
    Last thing: Silly sliding tang safety and rebounding hammer like the rest of the Miroku line, or NO?

  3. I love these rifles of “straight stock” design so much that I have more than one, including the 30-30 mentioned above. But my choice, if I’m spending $1200 is my Henry Big Boy. The action is so smooth, and it weighs in at 2 pounds more than my others, so it kicks little. When it’s time to show off a beauty, it’s my Henry.

  4. Wish Winchester would make the 16″ .357 trapper again. Great little carbine and almost impossible to find at an acceptable price. Some preppers are even advocating it as an excellent survival gun.

    1. I don’t classify myself as a “prepper”, but own several lever rifles and revolvers in the same caliber and would certainly consider them as excellent survival weapons- unless your idea of surviving preps is looking for fights to get into. There are few animals in North America that cannot be killed with a .44 mag or .357 caliber (although with .357 I’d not go looking for a grizzly bear, but then again, I’d not want a .223 for that, either).

  5. Wish Winchester would make the 16″ .357 Trapper again. Almost impossible to find a used one showing they are in demand. Great little carbine! Preppers are even advocating this carbine as an excellent survival gun.

  6. Again, I’m afraid our minds run akin when it comes to guns, ie perhaps our family heirlooms. We could have been brothers except we had different mothers 😉 Our heirloom isn’t quite as old as yours however. It’s the Winchester ’94’ (made in 98)and holds it’s prominent place on the living room wall surrounded by other rhetoric collections of historic ornateness. That is to say ‘a bunch of junk’ we have gathered over the years at barn sales, jeep trips, and exploratory hikes. My grandfather (or great grandfather) purchased this rifle new. While not in normal handgun caliber, it’s also quite unique in that it’s a 32 Special hex barrel ‘long tom’, It was not a favored caliber as the round would tend to fall off short in longer distances. Yet I read now where the new ammo today puts it right back up there with a punch. There’s many stories surrounding it over the years. I’ve written the history that I know, and my own relationships with it to hand down with the rifle before it’s lost. But appears my story is too long for an article and too short for a book. Oh well, maybe will work on it later. It’s definitely an attention getter and we love it.

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