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Winchester 44-40 approx fabrication year and value

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by OcavianP, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. OcavianP

    OcavianP New Member

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    Hello guys. I just receive a gift from my father a Winchester 44-40 24" barrel. I tried to find the approximate year when was build but he best i could do is hat this gun is a second generation. The serial number is : 48xxx
    I hope some one can help me because i looked all week and didn't find anything.
    The condition in good is 100% original and is in firing condition.
    Thank you very much.

    Have a nice day.
    Bye.
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  2. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

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    What model is the Winchester?

    They didn't start at 0 and serial number all of the many models. Each model has it's own run of numbers so you must know the model number to look up the serial number.
  3. OcavianP

    OcavianP New Member

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    Sorry. Yes the model is Winchester model 1873 44-40 cal., 24" octagonal barrel.
    I will try to put some pics up later today.
  4. GunHugger

    GunHugger Well-Known Member

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    1880.

    MODEL 1873

    Year App rox. Last No.
    1873 1 to 126
    74 2726
    75 11325
    76 23151
    77 23628
    78 27501
    79 41525
    80 63537
    81 81620
    82 109507
    83 ............
    ................


    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
    $55.

    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
    to collectors

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  5. OcavianP

    OcavianP New Member

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    OMG somebody knows a lot about this guns. Thank you very much for this info. I will go ahead and try to get that letter. Thanks again for the fast and detailed response.
    Have a nice day.
    Bye.
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  7. GunHugger

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    The Blue Book of Gun Values is very seldom up to date on anything related to Winchester firearms, this subject included. When in doubt, refer to the source.

    Bert H.
  9. GunHugger

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    Excuse me, I'll try harder to be more correct about the letter price in the future.
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