The Winchester Model 1873 features many improvements over the Model 1866. It is a stronger action able to handle heavier cartridges. First produced in September of 1873, it was a very popular rifle - favored by Buffalo Bill Cody and many Texas Rangers - with a total manufacturing run of nearly 721,000. The last Model 73 left the Winchester factory in 1925. All PGW 1873 buttstocks, with the exception of shotgun-style rifle stock, are drilled for the cleaning rod.