Yeah, that's what I remember it looking like. Although, I don't remember any seration on the dust plate to help move it rearward. (above the action) And the one that I looked at had the flip-up rear sight. (I can't recall the name of that type of sight, at the moment. "Lyman
", maybe? It's a ladder-style sight.) The rifle in that auction looks like the wood has been refinished and possibly, the barrel reblued. The one I'm looking at has all original patina and looks a lot less "nice". But that could actually help the value, IDK? And, wow. I had no idea some of the nicer ones could be so pricey!
After posting this the other night, I googled the .44-40 Winchesters and came across one that had been found in the Great Basin National Park in November, 2014.National Park Service finds an original Winchester Model 1873 in the wilds of Great Basin National Park
:http://www.winchesterguns.com/news/articles/132-year-old-model-1873-found-against-a-tree-at-great-basin-nati.htmlForgotten Winchester visits the Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum:https://centerofthewest.org/2015/07/02/forgotten-winchester-now-on-display-in-center-of-the-wests-cody-firearms-museum/
I thought it was interesting that the rifle had no cartidges in the magazine or chamber, but it did have one cartridge in the buttstock. Maybe that "save one last round, just in case" kinda deal? In whatever case, that round was a Union Metallic Cartridge Company .44 WCF cartridge, produced 1887 – 1911, and was never used. All sorts of conjecture aout the reason for it's abandonment. That was a life saving and life taking tool of the day. I'm fairly certain it wasn't one of those "I forgot my rifle while picnicing and thought, oh what the heck. And, instead of retrieving it, I'll just buy a new one".
! I am going to go to a gun show tomorrow and then head to my friends house and see what kind of money he's wanting for his rifle. I'll try to get some pics, in any case. The rifle, according to Winchester's website, was produced in three models, with various options available from the factory. It appears to be a "Carbine"-style
, with that model being the only one listed as having the saddle ring. I won't know until I inspect it further, and run the serial number, to find out exactly when it was made and which of the three models
it is. firstchoice