I've got a .44 WCF lever action rifle that belonged to my great grandfather (posted a pic of him a couple weeks ago) - and I want to confirm what I think it is...a Winchester model 1873, from 1892. If anyone can help me to confirm this, I'd greatly appreciate it. Working on writing an article about my great grandfather and want to make sure I can get all my facts straight.
Based on pics I've seen and the serial number #450XXX, I think I'm on the right track, but very unfamiliar with older lever actions.
Also, if I was to send some lead downrange with this rifle, what ammo would you suggest I do this with. I want to punch some paper, and would love to put an animal down on our ranch (hog or deer), and have this rifle complete the task for the 4th generation in my family.
Thanks for any help with this...
PS - a cool side note story about this rifle...we had a house fire that we thought destroyed this rifle at our ranch in the 40's, along with the pistol of the same caliber (will post pics when I get them from my uncle). Turns out for some reason our neighbor had this rifle in his possession shortly before the fire and about 15-20 years ago, he came across them in a closet and returned it to my family. We thought this treasure was long gone. Don't think my uncle had fired it since it was returned. The pistol needs some doctoring by a gunsmith, but the rifle is ready to be fired, from what I know. I should have a chance to do so later this fall. Very excited about that.