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January 19, 2022 - 7:31 pm
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I was reading his book again the other day and found a comment that I have never seen before. On page 21 in the right hand column under 41,000 he states that some guns can be found in calibers other than 44 that are not marked as to which caliber they are????

Has anyone ever seen such a rifle?

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Chuck,

I haven’t seen any thing like that, i.e. a 38 not marked. You will find the 44 not marked while the 38 and 32’s marked. I do have one in 44 S&W American  not marked, a early second model that was never sold. It was in the Winchester Museum for many years.

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Interesting gun Bob. Does it letter by chance? 

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It letters as a Carbine. Its listed in the Inventory Of the Winchester Firearms Reference Collection book entry 274. Has the metal inventory tag on the gun

44 S&W American lever action, Regular mode; 73 tubular magazine rifle.
24″ octagon barrel
This rifle was used as an exhibit in the circuit court in the Morse Vs, WRACo suit
This rifle bears the serial number 31081
January 17, 1947 – A sulfur cast taken of the chamber shows the barrel was made to handle the 44 S&W American cartridge.

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It letters as a Carbine. Its listed in the Inventory Of the Winchester Firearms Reference Collection book entry 274. Has the metal inventory tag on the gun

44 S&W American lever action, Regular mode; 73 tubular magazine rifle.
24″ octagon barrel
This rifle was used as an exhibit in the circuit court in the Morse Vs, WRACo suit
This rifle bears the serial number 31081
January 17, 1947 – A sulfur cast taken of the chamber shows the barrel was made to handle the 44 S&W American cartridge.

Bob  

I recall you have mentioned this rifle before.  It is just so cool.  And what a cross-over piece for a Winchester collector who also collects Smith and Wessons!  Do you have a .44 S&W as a companion piece for it?

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Steve,

The only non Winchester gun I have besides modern stuff is a engraved Merwin Hulbert in the “Winchester 1873 caliber”.

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Steve,

The only non Winchester gun I have besides modern stuff is a engraved Merwin Hulbert in the “Winchester 1873 caliber”.

Bob  

Bob – that’s a very cool revolver.  And, a perfect “cross-over” piece for a ’73 collector like you.  I’ve never owned one but I have admired them.  I love the precision.  Many have the, “suction” that is a marvel of engineering and manufacturing.  Back to your .44 S&W Model 73 – I could see that bringing a small fortune at a big auction.  

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Bob, is the barrel stamped with normal address? 
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Yes it is.

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1873man said
Chuck,

I haven’t seen any thing like that, i.e. a 38 not marked. You will find the 44 not marked while the 38 and 32’s marked. I do have one in 44 S&W American  not marked, a early second model that was never sold. It was in the Winchester Museum for many years.

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Thanks Bob.  My early 73 is not marked but it is a 44.

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