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Winchester 73 38-40 Letter recvd from Cody
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July 8, 2014 - 5:58 pm
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Finally got my 73 letter from Cody. Wasn’t much until I saw it said 32 cal!!!!!!
My rifle is a 38-40! I was devastated!
Sooo, I emailed Jesi again, and asked if there could be a typo or something.
She replied back the next day and verified the records show 32 cal. And asked me if there were any different proof marks which could show a modification.
I took apart my 1888 44-40. VP in circle 123 stamps from inspectors.
Then took apart my 38-40. Same thing, VP in circle, 123 stamps.
The only difference I found is the 44-40 has a punchmark on the recvr face where the barrel screws in.
The 38-40 has a "B" stamp on the recvr face.
This is a waste of 70.00 when I recvd my paper stating 32 cal.
I was 100% sure the way this old girl looked and some family history she was an original 38-40.
Any thoughts about my rifle? Need your knowledge here, about a revised rifle being shipped 38-40. Jesi mentioned that "A" or "B" could be a revision.
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Terry

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Post some good clear photos of the lower tang and serial number along with other general photos. Its possible the lower tang has been swapped. Also when you have the forearm off to look at the bottom of the barrel, take a good photo where the mag tube goes is in the receiver. If its was a 32 the hole would be smaller than the 38 and 44 tubes and would need to be drilled out. If it was drilled out than it was rebarreled. Its also possible its a error in the ledger. Ask for a copy of the ledger entry.

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I’m checking with Cody now, My Winchester paper shows 207438
I have 270438
Will let you know results
Thanks Terry

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Terry R wrote:

I’m checking with Cody now, My Winchester paper shows 207438
I have 270438

Yep! It is the little details in life that will trip you up!!

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My mistake, I feel like a BIG Dummy! I typed to Jesi the wrong serial no.
She PDF’d me my serial no’s results of my serial no.
It is a 38 cal.
Rcvd in Warehouse July 13th 1888
Shipped out July 25th 1888
All is correct. I just don’t get the letter.
Thanks guys! Terry
Getting older can be a pain for sure!!!
I’m still glad she’s correct now.

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At least you know your Winchester letters properly. Nice to have a ’73 that was shipped in the 1880’s.

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Win38-55 said
At least you know your Winchester letters properly. Nice to have a ’73 that was shipped in the 1880’s.

10-4 to that!
That is what I was after was a correct Winchester, and from the 1880’s!
How cool is that! She’s not very pretty, but boy when I get to shoot her, I just go back in time!
And a short story here.
My property dates to 1832 being homesteaded, from Andrew Jackson. I have the abstract. Last fall I trenched an electric line to my south pastures horse fence. When I was covering up the conduit, there was a round disc. It was an 1884 Liberty "V" nickle!!!!
Its with the rifle now. To think it was around Billy the Kids, and Jesse James times. Lots of fun!
Take care Terry
PS And to think this gun was found tucked up inside a rental house basement. Hidden way above the stairwell. That’s why she’s got the rust on her, in humid central Illinois.

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That’s great, Terry .

I think I’d be out there with a metal detector by now !!

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