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I am the proud owner of two solid frame M53’s. One is the very hard to find 44-40. The other a 32-20. The 44-40 has more finish left on it. The 32-20 has patinaed out. Bores are good on both. Serial number on the 44-40 is a low # 507.  Big Larry

 

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The total production of the Model 53 was (or is listed as) 15,118 rifles.  Currently, I have 1,137 (7.52%) of them documented in the survey.  The caliber breakdown thus far is as follows;

Surveyed & Extrapolated Cartridge Chambering Totals
Caliber 25-20 32 WCF 44 WCF ? Total
Quantity 559 407 167 4 1,137
49.16% 35.80% 14.69%    
Extrapolated Qty. 7,433 5,412 2,220   15,118

 

As can be seen, the total number of Model 53 rifles manufactured in the 44 WCF caliber is estimated to be just 2,220.  Of the 167 documented thus far, 44 of them are Take Downs.

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Both very nice Big Larry. The 44-40 is a great acquisition. Congrats!!

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Rick C said
Both very nice Big Larry. The 44-40 is a great acquisition. Congrats!!

  

Thanks, but that pic is just the 44-40. I don’t have one of the 32-20. Wish it was a little nicer, but it’s all I could find that hadn’t greyed out. Typical of that era when the receivers started to flake.  I have ammo for it, but have yet to shoot it. My BIL’s would keep all his shots in the 10 ring at 100 yards. They are very accurate.  Big Larry

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Big Larry said

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Both very nice Big Larry. The 44-40 is a great acquisition. Congrats!!

  

Thanks, but that pic is just the 44-40. I don’t have one of the 32-20. Wish it was a little nicer, but it’s all I could find that hadn’t greyed out. Typical of that era when the receivers started to flake.  I have ammo for it, but have yet to shoot it. My BIL’s would keep all his shots in the 10 ring at 100 yards. They are very accurate.  Big Larry

  

Yes I meant both very nice additions, but especially the 44-40. Very typical flaking. I was lucky enough to find one with just a couple flakes on it. Your 44-40 is scarce and desirable. 

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 Been looking for a solid frame .44-40 Model 53 for some time now.Have found a few,but either too much for my pocket book or been through the Boer War.LOL

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Very nice Larry! 

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Thanks all. A very expensive undertaking. I got the 32-20 for a lot less $$$$. Traded a US Property M52-C and scope for it.  Big Larry

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