Steven Dodd Hughes, Livingston, Montana     Custom Winchester Model 73 Deluxe    .44-40 Winchester

22" matted-top, octagon-to-round Douglas barrel, transitioning again to

round just at the breech, with nickel-silver blade front sight, button half-

magazine and no rear barrel sight. Fully figured California English walnut

stock with casehardened forend tip, short forend, classic point-pattern 26-

LPI checkering with mullered borders, ebony-inlaid S-curve pistol grip,

sweeping beaded cheekpiece, and smooth casehardened steel shotgun

buttplate. Blued receiver, fine scroll engraved by William Gamradt, with

factory single-set trigger, casehardened hammer and loading lever, fire-

blued loading gate, and Winchester Model 62B folding tang peep sight.

Pull: 13 3/4". Weight: 7lbs, 15oz. Completed in 1999. Barrel and action

retaining 99% blue, the barrel with no Winchester markings---simply an inset

gold SDH touchmark at breech---the hammer, lever, forend cap and

buttplate retaining virtually 100% casecolors. Excellent bore. Subject of the

entire final chapter of Hughes' "Custom Rifles in Black & White", 1999.  $12,975.

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