Overall, the 44-40 Takedown rifle is not the rarest but comes in at a close second behind the 38-40. The 25-20 is the most common (including deluxe variations). 38-40 TD rifles that have additional special order features (sling eyes, half mag, 1/2 octagon barrels or a combination of these features) are among some of the rarest configurations. To give you an example, a 38-40 or 44-40 TD having a 1/2 Oct barrel and full mag is super rare. Or a 38-40 with round barrel and 1/2 mag is extremely rare compared to all the other possible calibers, configurations, or combinations of configurations that could be built.
As for your rifle which is OB, FM, CB, I have (109) 25 WCF, (73) 32WCF, (66) 38WCF, and (43) 44 WCF (as of my last update, have about 40 more to update and these numbers will change). So in this respect the standard 44-40 TD in the OBFMCB configuration is rarer. Add sling eyes, fancy wood, a set trigger and any of these caliber with OBFMCB you start getting beyond the norm. To give you an example, there are 2 TD rifles that are OBFMCB that have a set trigger which sets them apart from the standard rifle and are of greater rarity–one a 25WCF, the other a 38WCF. Just really depends on the combination of features and the caliber. The higher end 92 TD (90%+) rifles are few and far between. Lots of altered 92 TD rifles as well–cut barrels, rebarreled, reblued, refinished, etc., probably make up close to 25% of all surveyed so far.
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Thanks for that great info. I have 5 44 WCF’s. A carbine, a round bbl. rifle, and oct. bbl. rifle, and a oct. bbl. takedown. Add to that my newest, a 44 cal. M53.
The 44 WCF is an amazing cartridge, exceptional in the high velocity loading. I load my accuracy loads to nearly the same specs. as the HV loads. They are comparatively light loads. The polished Star nickel cases make me look like the Lone ranger. Thanks again. Big Larry