This Winchester 1873 saddle ring carbine is not in
collector's condition. It has honest wear from years of use
but is still in good shooting condition. Serial number dates
it to 1912 manufacture.
The wood is in pretty good condition
with some dents and dings appropriate for the age. The
forearm may be an early replacement as it has a little less
wear than the buttstock and the colors don't match. The receiver has
some light pitting and has turned a grey color. The
barrel has turned a dark brown. The
bore is surprisingly nice. I'd say about 7/10 for condition. Decent rifling
with one rough spot about half way down. I tried to show
that in the pictures. It's
shootable but for serious accuracy you might get it relined.
It appears that the gun may have been nickeled at one time
as some plating can be seen around the hammer well and a few
other hidden areas. The action works great and this one
still has the original saddle ring and dust cover. This even
has the rare three piece cleaning rod in the buttstock
compartment. The rods tended to rattle so most owners never
kept them in the gun and they often got lost.
Overall a decent shootable gun and
these '73 carbines are getting scarce.
FFL or C&R required.