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I have always been intrigued with lever action rifles especially Winchesters, and though I like every model I believe my favorite is the model 1873. The long tell-tail receiver with the side plates is the most iconic and nostalgic of them all in my mind. I have owned a few originals in the past but nothing really to get excited about. I once had a saddle ring carbine in 44-40 but its condition prevented it from being a good shooter, so I eventually sold it. Since then, the ones I have owned have been Uberti reproductions. I recently purchased one of the new Winchester rifles made by Miroku and it is an exceptional rifle. The Uberti and new Winchester are very nice rifles and excellent shooters. I realize they are not original but for me they somewhat satisfy the desire to hold the memory of a part of the old west in my hands.

The same could be said of the 1873 single action army revolver as well.
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Nothing wrong with a ‘73 but John Wayne always carried a Winchester 1892 src. When the studios wanted a Henry rifle they would simply remove the wood forearms. Tombstone [series], Lonesome Dove and the more current, more correct western films have done a good job exposing the non shooting filmgoer to a more firearm and costumed historically correct west.
 

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I have a Uberti 1866 yellowboy carbine. I bought it for cowboy shooting. I tried a 73 before I got the 1866. For my face, the drop of the 66 puts my eyes right on the sights. On the 73, they are higher and I have to lift to get a good sight picture. So, for me the 66 is the gun that won the west in 44wcf!
 

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The Winchester 1873 is and
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forever will be the iconic western rifle. They even made a movie about it
 
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