Re: Winchester 44-40 approx fabrication year and value
Year App rox. Last No.
1873 1 to 126
I can't even guess at the current value of a gun such as this. Blue Book says $12,000 for one in 95% condition down to $800 for 10%. They can bring big money depending on condition and the current buying habits of collectors.
I would spend $55 for a Factory letter since having such a letter with the gun in a plus if selling or just to know more about it. See below.
For additional information including factory letters
contact the Cody Firearms Museum. Factory letters are
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Attn: Cody Firearms Museum
720 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, WY 82414
In the spring of 2005, the Cody Firearms Museum
began a research project involving the Winchester
Repeating Arms Company production through the
comparison of shipping and polishing room records.
The little known polishing room records (used in many
works of George Madis) are a collection of small
notebooks that document Winchester firearms receiver
serialization circa 1873 to 1964. These notebooks
cover many, but do not cover all models or all eras of
production. The data assembled from this research will
be published over time to improve available information
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~Captain John Parker, to his Minute Men on Lexington Green, April 19, 1775.
Last edited by GunHugger; 10-18-2012 at 09:37 AM..