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The Model 1873 Winchester Rifle was probably the most popular civilian rifle used on the frontier of the American west. More than half a million were produced by the turn of the century. Late production of this extremely reliable rifle was a favorite south of the border to the very end of production in 1923. The Model 73 is a 51 cm-barreled carbine (rifle has Shots 15+1, Dmg. 3d+1® and a 61 cm-barrel). The final development of the line of lever-action, tubular-magazine rifles that began with the Henry of 1863. The Model 73 was available in several other calibers: .38-40 (3d-2® Dmg., after 1880) and .32-20 (Dmg. 2d, after 1882) were very common and could also be used in handguns (see Colt Peacemaker for stats). The Henry and the Winchester Model 1866 use .44 Henry rimfire ammunition (Dmg. 2d+l, Acc 6, V2D 250, Max 1900). The Henry Rifle (Shots 15+1) has the same RoF as the Winchesters, but takes longer to reload; it did not have a side loading-gate. The magazine tube has to be pulled out and loaded from the front. This takes two seconds to pull out, one per round to load and one to close. It was a relatively delicate weapon, especially the magazine. A Henry that is dropped or used as a club has a 30 % chance of being so damaged that it will need repair by an armourer. The '73 had a side loading-gate; reloading time is one second per round; it can be topped up at any time, even with a round in the chamber. It was made in many barrel lengths, with capacities from 17+1 to 6+1. In 1876, Winchester began the sale of a larger version of the '73 for more powerful cartridges. Operationally the '76s are the same as the '73s. The calibers available were .45-75 (stats as for the .45-70) and, in 1879, the .50-95 (stats as for the .50-90 Sharps). In 1886, Winchester brought out a new action, designed by John Browning, that used the .45-70 and several other large calibers. Operationally it was identical to the '76, but stronger and easier to manufacture.

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