Winchester shotgun manufacture dating
The longest barrel length known on a Model 1873 is 37 inches .The shortest known barrel length on a Model 1873 is 12 inches .The standard length for a Model 1873 Rifle is 24 inches Special order barrels were made from 26 -- 28 --30--32-- 34 --36 -37 inches.Special order finishes were available from Winchester in Nickel , Silver, Gold , Silver and Gold , Blue and Case color.To the maximum extent possible, the dates of manufacture shown were obtained from the original Winchester Factory Polishing Room serialization records; otherwise estimates were made using multiple sources of information (e.g.George Madis, Ned Schwing, etc.), in which case the data was extrapolated to the best of our ability.Below is the download link for a special resource for dating Winchester firearms.
Winchesters with engraving are quite rare with engraving priced from 50 cents to 5.00 dollars .
A few reasons cited are: There is probably some kernel of truth to all of them.
But the fact remains; there is no original, single, totally accurate database of serial numbers from 1866 forward that we are aware of.
Deluxe guns were made with 2 --3 -- 4 X wood in either pistol grip or straight stock all are considered special order.
Musket were made in Model 73 Winchesters and most were shipped to South America.