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Hunting with the Uberti 1873 Short Rifle

By James Passmore

They called it the gun that won the west. A town was named after it. It’s famous from a thousand movies. It was carried by hunters, cowboys, soldiers and lawmen for decades. It was in the hands of Amazon explorers, Mexican revolutionaries, Australian prospectors and Kiwi bushmen. The rifle was the Winchester 1873 lever-action, most often chambered in .44/40.


The Winchester Model 1873 was born as a working rifle on the frontier, and manufactured up until 1923. But although it is legendary as a ‘cowboy’ gun, it wasn’t just carried on the American frontier. It was used throughout Australia and South America, and many filtered through to New Zealand.


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