Shooters who like historical firearms will want to check out the new Winchester Repeating Arms’ Model 1873 Sporter Octagon Color Case Hardened Lever Action Rifle. But you better do it fast. Production is limited to only 250 rifles, according to Winchester.
The Model 1873 is world-renowned as “The Gun that Won the West,” and this 2015 version is a genuine Model 1873 lever action made by the iconic Winchester Repeating Arms.
Two versions will be offered: The Grade III No. 534217137 accommodates both .38 Special and .357 Magnum rounds, and the Grade III No. 534217140 chambered in .44-40 Winchester. Suggested retail for both is right at $1740.
This new Model 1873 includes a walnut straight-grip stock with satin-oil finish. The Classic forearm has a color-case-hardened cap, and the crescent buttplate slips right into your shoulder.
The octagonal 24-inch barrel has a full-length magazine tube. The tube holds 13 rounds of 357 Magnum or 14 rounds of .38 Special ammunition or .44-40 Winchester. A steel loading gate provides smooth loading of full-power rounds.
Sights are a semi-buckhorn rear sight with a Marble Arms gold-bead front sight. Also, the receiver’s rear tang is drilled and tapped for an optional tang-mounted rear sight for a more precise sight picture.
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