Forgotten Winchester 1873 Rifle Found In Nevada – What Happened To It?

Forgotten Winchester 1873 Rifle Found In Nevada – What Happened To It?

Remember that old Winchester rifle found under a tree in Nevada? What ever happened to it? I traveled to Baker, Nevada to find out the true story of this old west relic.

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50 Comments

  1. J. Beau on January 23, 2023 at 1:26 am

    Really enjoyed this one …. fantastic.

  2. Shootist1982 on January 23, 2023 at 1:27 am

    I would love to see you get your hands on a late 19th century black powder cartridge gun like a Springfield trap door .45-70 carbine and do a video on it especially one in good condition that you shoot out yonder in the desert. That’s my favorite firearm of all time

  3. Thunderstruck54 on January 23, 2023 at 1:27 am

    Maybe it’s like Jeremiah Johnson finding Hatchet Jack’s frozen body still holding his Hawken 50 cal except in this case the owner might have expired and the area predators dragged their body away to feed on , I wonder if they found any bones in the area very interesting find for sure thanks!

  4. Michael Hayes on January 23, 2023 at 1:28 am

    If that gun could talk

  5. Combat Medic 91-B on January 23, 2023 at 1:29 am

    I like lever action rifles they are beautiful. I wonder who left that Winchester outside probably a woman???

  6. M Brent on January 23, 2023 at 1:29 am

    I find it strange that the tree didn’t grow into the rifle

  7. Paul Chandler on January 23, 2023 at 1:29 am

    Send it to Turnbull restorations.

  8. Steven Villarreal on January 23, 2023 at 1:31 am

    My and my father co own a model 94 Winchester and those guns are seriously a work of art. I wonder, if the gun had any kind of engravings or art on it? Ours has some eagles and some etchings but that is it.

  9. Kelly Spann on January 23, 2023 at 1:31 am

    A woman park ranger found it. She was with some surveyors while they were surveying an area and decided to take a break and get out of the sun and she walked near some trees and she looked over and thought she saw something by a tree. She went over and there was the rifle.

  10. J Packer on January 23, 2023 at 1:32 am

    There’s a locally well known oak tree near where I live called the "Rifle Tree" that an old guy named Reynolds used to like to hunt from over a hundred years ago. The tree was big even back then, and it had a good commanding view of a field that isn’t there anymore. He leaned a ladder up against the side and as he was climbing out onto one of the branches, he’d wedge his rifle in the nook of one of the tree branches. Well one day he fell as he was doing this and broke his leg. In the weeks and months after this, his health quickly declined and a few months later he died in bed never having been able to go back and get the rifle. He didn’t have any sons who would want it and nobody ever went looking for it. Years and years later, somebody out squirrel hunting spotted a rifle stuck up in a tree and tried to get it out, but the tree branch had grown around it and it was ruined by rust and decay. To this day, the barely recognizable rusted hunk of a rifle can still be seen protruding from either side of this oak tree where old Reynolds wedged it back in the 1910’s. The city placed a little sign at the base of the large tree telling the story. As I recall, it was supposed to be an 1873 Winchester.

  11. Benew Gillian on January 23, 2023 at 1:32 am

    The guy maybe had a heart attack while picking up wood for his campement , has been bitten by a rattlesnake , lost his way , snatched by aliens ….
    We can suppose anything ..

  12. morgan freeman on January 23, 2023 at 1:33 am

    That’s a modern rifle. Mine is older

  13. Flournoy mason on January 23, 2023 at 1:33 am

    Too bad it wasn’t left in an old dry closet.

  14. Crash Override on January 23, 2023 at 1:35 am

    Nice video. I enjoyed it very much. That is a piece of American history. It’s always fun to speculate how it got there. Nicely done.

  15. Richard York on January 23, 2023 at 1:35 am

    I’m curious,I’d think they’d trace serial number to owner and return to rightful heirs,( if possible)

  16. rifles_up on January 23, 2023 at 1:36 am

    I’m surprised it wasn’t loaded

  17. Wayne Castleman on January 23, 2023 at 1:39 am

    It could have been bandits caught the guy off guard and we’ll only John Wayne knows the rest of the story !

  18. Jeff Osborne on January 23, 2023 at 1:42 am

    Would love to see a family member finish the story. Awesome find

  19. Sautso on January 23, 2023 at 1:42 am

    Maybe the rifle’s owner is buried under that tree🤔

  20. Jay Walk on January 23, 2023 at 1:43 am

    Display the gun yes, those jackwads altered the condition as found though which is a real shame.

  21. gingerwood1969 on January 23, 2023 at 1:46 am

    Hmmm….leaning on a tree. Wonder how old the tree is.

  22. H T on January 23, 2023 at 1:46 am

    Great presentation 👍

  23. David Hughes on January 23, 2023 at 1:47 am

    Hello mr mix this is the first video of yours that I saw of your channel, very interesting

  24. Levers forever on January 23, 2023 at 1:48 am

    I remember this story when the rifle was found, at the time there were some naysayers that it could never with stand the elements obviously they were wrong now if only this rifles could talk the stories it could tell btw great story mixup98 I too was wondering what happened to it.

  25. Dennis McGinnis on January 23, 2023 at 1:48 am

    It was found with a note that said "whom ever finds this gun can have it. This gun kilt the bar that kilt me"

  26. Ralph Day on January 23, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Run a trace. I bet it was registered to an Apache medicine man.

  27. Michael Hayes on January 23, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Yea that cartridge display looks like a 12 year old made it

  28. Jon Cee on January 23, 2023 at 1:51 am

    Thats one hell of a find and one beautiful rifle !

  29. Steve Andulsky on January 23, 2023 at 1:54 am

    Thanks Mixup, I’ve often wondered what became of that rifle. Nice to know it’s on display for people to see. Did they ever determine who left it there?? Thanks for the video.

  30. E on January 23, 2023 at 1:56 am

    Very cool and interesting, thanks for sharing. This video prompted me to go off and do a bit of research about the history of the state of Nevada, the 1873 Winchester, as well as this particular find. I learned some things. 👍

  31. MrMrBiggles on January 23, 2023 at 1:58 am

    I think y’all are missing the whole point of the discovery. Armed trees don’t get logged. Think about that. I support the rights of trees to keep and bear arms.

    😊

  32. joe vandorpe on January 23, 2023 at 2:00 am

    Yes. Agreed the rifle properly displayed yet that cartridge should be encased perhaps inside a block of see through resin. Just my opinion only. Looks a bit silly on that wire.

  33. nbotm on January 23, 2023 at 2:00 am

    did you find the rifle

  34. Mantis Namo on January 23, 2023 at 2:01 am

    hello I am in France I own a yelloboy model 66 manufacture of 1870 ordered by Napoleon in France there is still the bayonet it is in the original caliber annular percussion 44henry I would like it to return to America in a collection …

  35. Granern on January 23, 2023 at 2:02 am

    Arthur Morgan was here xD

  36. God is great Jesus is Lord on January 23, 2023 at 2:05 am

    The cowboy probably got off his horse near that tree to relieve himself, the horse probably got spooked he took off after his horse on a long run and forgot where he set his rifle!

  37. Leonardo Jamberssi on January 23, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Que achado linda arma parabéns

  38. notsoancientpelican on January 23, 2023 at 2:07 am

    Did it have any ammo? If so price doubled.

  39. p char on January 23, 2023 at 2:08 am

    A wild west shoot out or a bandit on the run can be a great history on this rifle. It may be a bit more simple or not.
    I can tell a true story how a rifle can be left under a tree.
    The story that follows is as my father in law told me.
    My wife’s grandfather was hunting in the early to mid 1950’s in north Idaho. He killed a deer in a thicket of trees and was about to drag it out. As he started dragging he left the Winchester model 1892 25-20 up against a tree figuring on going back after it the next morning. He looked for it and never found it.
    My father in law was told about and he looked for it that winter when he was trapping. He didn’t find it that winter, but found it in the spring when the snow melted off. It was surface rusted but otherwise not bad for being left outside.
    After my son inherited it, now it’s in my son’s gun safe. (He found some shells at a gun show and it shoots pretty good)

  40. Peter Petersen on January 23, 2023 at 2:10 am

    Is this a blackpowder cartridge?

  41. T30 on January 23, 2023 at 2:15 am

    I know of a guy who while hunting leaned his rifle again a tree and went to relive himself. Afterwards something got his attention for a bit and he wandered. When he decided to go back to retrieve the rifle he couldn’t find the rifle or the tree he used to lean it against. It’s probably still there and that was 30 years ago. Bottom line, don’t walk away from your rifle.

  42. CHARVESTER on January 23, 2023 at 2:20 am

    I found an old knife, hatchet, and a pair of dice out in the Pine Nut mountains of Douglas County years ago. Somewhere on the westside of Mount Siegel. The handles were rotted off the knife and hatchet, and the dice were bleached from the sun on one side. The knife was stamped "Marsh Brothers and Co. Celebrated Cutlery" at the base of the blade, and "American Hunting Knife" on the left side of the blade. Made in Sheffield England sometime between 1860 and 1890 from what I can tell. The overall length is 10.5 inches, full tang, with a blade of 6.5 inches. The steel is excellent quality, and I lightly sanded the rust off, and sharpened it to a razor edge. Wrapped some leather around the handle, and use it to this day when camping. I also put a new wood handle on the hatchet, as it is also of quality steel. Still works great. One day maybe I’ll find a knife guy to make me a proper handle for the knife. I’m thinking antler, or maybe something special like some dark green nephrite jade.

  43. ken wood on January 23, 2023 at 2:21 am

    Great video
    Thanks for sharing

  44. Grumpy Vet on January 23, 2023 at 2:21 am

    The owner probably died in a shootout. That’s the only reason I can think of as to why it was left.

  45. Doug Noe on January 23, 2023 at 2:22 am

    I found a unused rim fire round … it has to be 50 cal plus. Any idea what it is or how old it might be?

  46. WizardofAhhhs 75 on January 23, 2023 at 2:23 am

    Non hunters don’t know how easy it is to lose your firearm in the woods by leaning it up against a tree after downing or trying to transport a large game animal like a deer, I’ve done it once and I know of a couple of others who have too. It’s not that uncommon of a scenario.

  47. O D on January 23, 2023 at 2:24 am

    SN ? Yep bullet display is bad.

  48. ray rhine on January 23, 2023 at 2:24 am

    Resort it PLEASE

  49. Wayne Johnson on January 23, 2023 at 2:25 am

    VERY interesting 🤔 love the mysterious history! Thank you for your time and effort!

  50. JimmieOakland on January 23, 2023 at 2:25 am

    I wonder if the experts could tell how much use it had by the barrel. The amount of wear might allow them to make a guess at least about the probable time it was lost.

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