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Old 01-10-2013, 06:09 PM
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Win 1873 won't stay cocked

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I have a model 1873 that I inherited and when I rack the cocking lever, it won't stay cocked every time. If I cock it by pulling the lever back and hold the trigger forward, that seems to help but the sear still doesn't hold every time and is very sensitive. Where should I start? Is this a common issue with 73's that someone can give me guidance on? If so, please steer me in the right direction. If this symptom is remedied with new parts, what parts are needed? I'm not familair with these rifles but would like to turn it into an occasional shooter if it's economically feasible.

Thanks for any assistance.

Winchester model 1873
24' barrel
38 wcf
Serial 252xxx
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:13 AM
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Welcome to Shooter's Forum, Lumber Wagon!

You've got a broken spring inside your rifle. I had the same thing happen on a Model '92. I'm not familiar with the inner workings of these rifles, so I took mine to a gunsmith who went through the entire action, cleaned it up and replaced any parts that looked worn or suspicious. I think it cost me $85 for the whole deal.

Are you a reloader? I admit I had to look up what a 38 WCF is...38-40. I'd hate to have to buy factory ammo for that. I'm sure it's available but probably costs quite a bit!

Looking forward to hearing how your rifle shoots, after you get the action fixed.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:07 PM
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Could be a worn sear, but I've also experienced the hammer failing to stay back from improper assembly. Can't remember exactly what I did, but I dis- assembled and re-assembled my Uberti 1873 again and it solved the problem.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:21 PM
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I have two 73's and they are fun rifles to shoot and fairly easy to disassemble. Take the butt stock off and you will be able to see the spring that fastens to the hammer. If it is not the spring, caefully remove the left side plate taking care to not allow the right side plate to fall off until you are ready to remove it. You will be able to see more of th inner parts of this rifle and possibly be able to determine what the problem is at this point. The main spring is part# 52 in the picture and sells for about $21.
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