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NV: 137-year-old Winchester Rifle Found in Nevada has New Home
Submitted by: David Williamson
Website: http://libertyparkpress.com

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A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the "Forgotten Winchester" at the park visitor center near the Utah border. The weathered Winchester Model 1873 is in a case designed to capture the way it looked when park archaeologist Eva Jensen stumbled across it on a rocky outcrop above Strawberry Creek during an archaeological survey.

 

Comment by: MarkHamTownsend (5/27/2019)
This is a fascinating story for me. The Winchester 1873 has long been a favorite longarm of mine. I have owned a Uberti 1873 saddle ring carbine for a quarter century and just recently puchased Uberti's 1873 short rifle, with half-octagon barrel.
The saddle ring carbine is in .44-40, and the short rifle is .45 Colt.

The old rifle in the story is probably .44-40 .... but might be .38-40 but I seriously doubt it.
The .44 was by today's standards a pistol caliber cartridge, and in fact Colt would chamber it's Peacemaker in .44-40.
In those days no rifle maker would make a rifle in .45 Colt, since as originally made, the round had a tiny rim that might tear loose under extraction. Today there is no problem; solid head case,
 

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