A little Cowboy Action project

I grabbed a Winchester 1873 Rifle project a little bit ago in 38-40.  this one was made in 1888.

Winchester 1873 missing lots of parts
Winchester 1873 missing lots of parts

Rusty, side plates didn’t fit, no links trigger or lever.  It has a an octagon barrel that has been shortened and a buttstock that is shorter too. Not much original.  I decided to make it a shooter and give it a simple refinish.  So I started searching for parts.

Here it is apart after I found some toggle links.

1973 Winchester in pieces
1973 Winchester in pieces

This Saturday I spent my time filing and sanding on my back patio sipping ice tea.  This was an extremely rewarding build so far.  I just have a smile ear to ear when I take two rough, crusty and rusted parts that are ~130 years old and make them fit together just right.  More pics to come.  Should have it done in a couple weeks.

-Rob