.44-40 caliber, 32" barrel. S/N 220376B. This extraordinary rifle was received in the warehouse on October 16, 1888 and shipped out the next day. Most of the few existing 32" barrels 1873 rifles are either in brown condition or in .32-20 caliber. To find one with nearly all of its original finish much less than the highly desirable .44 caliber is almost impossible. Not only does Winchester serial number 220376B have excellent condition as well as the best caliber, it also sports a desirable factory set trigger.
Barrel and magazine tube retain nearly all of the original factory blue finish as well as rear sight and nose cap. Rifle has a globe front sight that is obviously factory original, although not mentioned in letter. Frame and dust cover retain nearly all of their original bright factory bluing with no flaking. Trigger retains nearly all of its original blue. Hammer and lever retain much original case hardening. Buttplate retains most of its original faded case hardening. Varnished walnut butt with nice figure and has much of its original factory varnish with some wear on comb. Forend has some original varnish combined with handling wear. Loading gate retains most of its original finish. Action is excellent. Set trigger functions properly and bore is pristine. If you want the best long barrel 1873, look no further than 220376B.
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