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Winchester Model 1873 Rifle Review

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Winchester Model 1873 Rifle Review

Commonly referred to as “the gun that won the West,” Winchester’s Model 1873 was the first really successful centerfire repeating rifle. It was an accurate, ergonomic, reliable rifle chambered for revolver-compatible cartridges so that shooters could carry one type of ammo for both their long gun and their sidearm.

It is likely that Model 1873 rifles participated at the Battle of the Little Bighorn and assuredly they did so in later battles of the Indian Wars as well as the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 and Canada’s North-West Rebellion.

On a personal note, the first centerfire rifle I fired as a boy was an Italian reproduction Winchester ’73 chambered in .44-40.

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