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1873 44-40 vs 38-40
June 30, 2020
3:24 pm
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I’m looking for a 1873 carbine,  Does anyone know of the production numbers of the two calibers 44-40 vs 38-40 ) in comparison ? I’ve read the 38-40 is more rare, but probably not as “sexy” as the well known and fabled 44-40. Anyone selling ? Price differential ?

Thanks for any input.

Bill

June 30, 2020
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Bill,

There are 90.6% in 44, 5.3% in 38 and 4.1% in 32 in my survey. As to price it comes down to the collector. Some like the top dog 44 and then you have the rarity collector. I like condition so the 44 would be the one I'm more apt to find with condition. If I found a 32 or 38 with condition then its a price consideration.

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June 30, 2020
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Bob,  are those percentages just for the carbines or 1873's in general?

June 30, 2020
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Just carbines.

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June 30, 2020
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Thanks Bob. Wow, that is a dramatic disparity between the two. 

As to killing power, does the velocity argument come into play in these early calibers ?

Bill

June 30, 2020
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 The disparity should not be a shock, when you consider the 1873 model was only 44/40 for the first 6 years. To someone on horse back the carbine was the equivalent of our modern day assault weapon. The fact that you could buy a Colt that used the same ammo was a plus. Then comes the 38 and 32, ammo was not as available at first and the 44 was the standard. They liked the 44 then and collectors like them now, but the 38 and 32 are less common.  T/R

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