New 73 Short Rifle


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:18 pm
Howdy Folks,
I picked one up yesterday and shot a few .38's in it last nite at dark.. Cycles them well.. Very nicely made rifle.. Reeks of quality.. More later.....

Paul

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:18 pm
Excellent! I'm desperately trying to find an opening in my schedule to shoot mine. I have lots of .38/.357 that I loaded a couple of years ago waiting to be fired.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:07 pm
Welcome to the Winchester Owners Forum Paul !!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:57 pm
Amazing days at the local range over the holiday weekend (had most of the range to myself on consecutive days since it seemed that a lot of people traveled out of town for 4th of July holiday). Put about 50 rounds through the '73, while my wife put about 150 through the '94 (hence why I purchased the '73 since I rarely got to shoot the '94). Quick pic before I put them back in the safe.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:43 pm
Thanks for the picture. What is your overall verdict?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:05 am
p.d. wrote:Thanks for the picture. What is your overall verdict?


I have to say that it's all the positives mentioned the reviews and impressions from the Shot Show and after (which is what convinced me to order one). It's a lot nicer than I expected (fit and finish)...no regrets on ordering it. I'm looking forward to putting more rounds through it and the action smoothing out like my past lever actions (never felt the need to 'smith or modify my lever actions to smooth out the action).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:35 pm
Hi folks !
New here and just a week ago purchased a brand new 1873 S/R in .357 /.38 .
I know it's Japanese but it sure doesn't feel like it........smooth as silk and as nice as they make them.
I'm 50 and have wanted a '73 since I was a kid......this one's not an octo-barrel, but I still love it !

Taking it to the range in a cpl days to make sure it shoots straight.......i'll only be burning .357 thru it, and getting a Marbles tang-sight for it.

here are a few pic ......

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Not my only Winchester, but will most likely end up my "go to" levergun !!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:25 am
I want one of the 73's a lot. I sure wish they would make some in 38/40.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 9:28 pm
Spent some real "quality time" with it at the range today and just couldn't find any flaw with it at all !!

was using Federal 158g .357 JSP ammo as that's all that was available when I purchased.

with the open Buckhorn & Gold Dot sights, after 1 tap to the rear sight to correct it shooting to the right, at 25 yds it consistently put 3 rds into 1 ragged hole at dead bullseye using only a sandbag rest.
50 yards was 1 click up the rear ladder, and it was bullseying almost every round, occasionally w/2 holes touching in groups of 3.
that's as far as I went as I haven't put a tang-sight on it yet.
absolutely fantastic accuracy for handgun ammo !!!

it functioned smoothly and flawlessly throughout and I couldn't be happier with it.

worth every penny!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:10 am
Lovin me some 1873 in 357/38!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:41 pm
Welcome to the Winchester Owners Forum TomisinMd !!

Fine looking rifle...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 5:31 pm
Very nice '73. The Japanese kept the brass follower.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2015 8:39 am
Thanks! From what I read, they followed the prints, with a safety addition and a tweak to the block to eject more out than up. I must say, this is one of the easiest shouldering, aiming, and smoothest actions I've felt out of the box. No plans to do anything to it, as the honeymoon's still on. Don't try to cycle short 38's!
Maybe a sling? I saw a website that had some really nice ones, maybe over on the Henry site? I'll dig it up. Very well made.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:27 am
nice nice!!!!

broke down and started shooting some .38 and .38+P thru mine just to see what happened.........and out at 50 yards it groups better with SuperX .38 Spl. FMJ than with any of the 3 or 4 types of .357 i've shot through it.
I was surprised, but the lower pressure loads seem to do it just right.

i'll be getting a reloading setup soon to roll some ideal lead .38s for it.

no cycling problems w/.38s in mine.....
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:58 pm
Glad to hear it's as good as they say...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:25 am
I have been looking for a new 1873 and looked at the Winchester and Uberti rifles. I prefer the case hardened receiver, etc., I will be buying this in a .357 Magnum caliber. Probably a short rifle.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:19 am
Back looking again at a 1873 Short rifle in case hardened edition in .357 magnum. Also I have checked out the Uberti. Now to find out what dealers are selling them for compared to the MRSP of almost $1,600.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:59 pm
I did place my order for the 1873 Winchester Short Rifle today with Kittery Trading Post in Maine. No idea when the rifle will come in. They have had these on order for some time. Looks like just what I want.

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