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We often pay attention to M1892's .44-40 TD Deluxe rifles
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September 29, 2022 - 5:34 pm
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Not high condition, but we don’t see these every day.  Always nice to see an auction that starts at a penny with no reserve:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/947115294

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Steve,

I saw that one.  Too bad someone didn’t take better care of protecting the metal, but it is a desirable variation for sure.

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Not high condition, but we don’t see these every day.  Always nice to see an auction that starts at a penny with no reserve:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/947115294

  

Good morning all,

Lock Stock & Barrel always starts ALL of the auctions at a penny.  They are good people to work with and have been very helpful when I have had questions.  The SNA is from June 1, 1899 yet the rifle did not reach the warehouse until almost 10 months later.  There are 5 other “deluxe” versions in sequential SN’s that were very similar in configuration and caliber that have the same time lag between the receiver date and full assembly.  I do think that Winchester had a habit of pulling just slightly better finished receivers and used them for special order guns like this.  

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Not sure but may have seen that rifle at the Cody show. LS&B always has interesting offerings at the Cody show.

 

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Looks like a nice honest deluxe ’92 to me. As discussed, many times on the forum, very tough to find these in any caliber. I like it. 

Here one I have. Not a takedown but has a 28″ barrel & 44 WCF. No finish left on the receiver, but the rest of the rifle is pretty decent. I’m proud to own it. I’ll be interested to see what the LS&B gun goes for in a few days. 

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This is a nice 92 and as the smarter guys on here have stated, it does not appear to have been messed with. If I was still collecting I would just hold up my hand until the rest of you were done. Only someone like me who spent years looking for a checkered 92 in 44 takedown with octagon barrel, full magazine, pistol grip can realize how rarely they are found. I don’t think this gun had poor care, it just got used a lot. Looks like at some point it got a little blood on the barrel – just part of the history of this gun – if it could only talk. When I was young and stupid I passed on a couple of these because I was looking for a higher condition one but now realize all the deluxe 92’s in 44 caliber got tucked away in collections. I eventually settled on a 92 I like but in 25-20 – I still have the gun and am happy with it but will admit I have always wished it was a 44.

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I’m not a fan of takedown rifles, but this is a dandy.  I agree with both pdog and Burt, this is a rare and very desirable 1892 and the most desirable caliber.  I think the wood is gorgeous.  This is one that has seen some use, yet well cared for.  I don’t know what this rifle will go for, but as we all know, if it had even 10% more finish, it would be a low to mid five figure gun in todays market, it’s that rare and desirable.  Not ten years ago, this gun would have brought  nearly $20,000.  Just my opinion, as I like 92’s.

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There is always this one that I own!! 

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There is always this one that I own!! 

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Down to 25 minutes and at $7600 – will be interesting to see if someone steals this nice 92 or if the price goes up in the last few minutes.

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Burt Humphrey said
Down to 25 minutes and at $7600 – will be interesting to see if someone steals this nice 92 or if the price goes up in the last few minutes.

  

Ended at a bit over $8800.  At least there is no buyer’s premium.  However, sales tax will be added.  It didn’t have high condition but it had honesty going for it.  Along with darn hard to find.  It’s only in the last couple years that I’ve come to realize how rarely these are encountered.  There’s probably many more out there than we see – they are just safely tucked away in collector’s safes.

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Down to 25 minutes and at $7600 – will be interesting to see if someone steals this nice 92 or if the price goes up in the last few minutes.

  

Burt, I don’t know if I stole it but I was the successful bidder.  I got it for 1/3 the cost of Jim’s gun that we talked about last year.  Sorry Mark.

I did go and look at this gun last Saturday.  The lack of condition allowed me to buy a gun that I have been looking for many, many years.  I may never live long enough to trade this one up.  I told this story before but, I knew a very rich man that could buy anything he wanted.  He had one of these but it lacked condition.  He sold it and died before anyone at any cost could find him another.

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Congrats, Chuck. Quite honestly I expected it to go somewhat higher. Love that wood.

 

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  Sorry Mark.

  

Chuck.  Don’t be, I’m thrilled that you got it.  If I’d known it was you bidding, I’d wouldn’t have put in a bid. 

I would have just taken it out and shot it for a video and then had something nice to put on my table at the Las Vegas show in January.  Now that I’m a starving gunsmith, I can’t afford to buy nice guns for myself anymore. WinkMark

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Congrats, Chuck. Quite honestly I expected it to go somewhat higher. Love that wood.

 

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Me too.  I would have paid more but glad I didn’t have to.

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Chuck.  Don’t be, I’m thrilled that you got it.  If I’d known it was you bidding, I’d wouldn’t have put in a bid. 

I would have just taken it out and shot it for a video and then had something nice to put on my table at the Las Vegas show in January.  Now that I’m a starving gunsmith, I can’t afford to buy nice guns for myself anymore. WinkMark

  

I’m not selling this gun.  My wife or daughter will unless I can trade up.  But that is not likely.  I’ll see if I can clean it up a bit. The take down lever is the nicest piece on the gun.  Maybe too much blue.  If there is some reason for this being so new OK but if not it has been replaced. The bore is excellent and should shoot well.  There is no blue on the receiver or butt plate including the screws. I’ll see if there is some blue hiding under all that patina. All the screws look untouched.  The stock in the upper corners where it meets the buttplate is not as proud as I like but I see no reason to think the wood has ever been off the gun.  I really wanted to pull the stock but I was lucky just to be able to handle it.  After you bid one person bid 4 more times.  He had bid at least 3 times prior.  Only 2 people knew that I had looked at the gun and was going to try and buy it.

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Chuck said

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Down to 25 minutes and at $7600 – will be interesting to see if someone steals this nice 92 or if the price goes up in the last few minutes.

  

Burt, I don’t know if I stole it but I was the successful bidder.  I got it for 1/3 the cost of Jim’s gun that we talked about last year.  Sorry Mark.

I did go and look at this gun last Saturday.  The lack of condition allowed me to buy a gun that I have been looking for many, many years.  I may never live long enough to trade this one up.  I told this story before but, I knew a very rich man that could buy anything he wanted.  He had one of these but it lacked condition.  He sold it and died before anyone at any cost could find him another.

  

Congratulations Chuck!  I am envious.

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Thanks Steve.  I have been looking for one like this since the early 1990’s.  Really haven’t looked that hard since I thought I never could afford one.  This is only the 3rd one I have seen for sale configured like this and either a 38 or 44. I’ve seen quite a few in 32 or 25.  I have to register this gun then there is a 10 day wait.  I have an appointment 10/11 to start the process.

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Chuck – the deal you got is looking better and better.  Here is a plain-Jane .44-40 rifle that Austin has.  The auction ends in five hours and it’s getting close to five grand.  Not a deluxe, not a TD, really quite ordinary.  Not high condition:

https://www.gunbroker.com/Item/948082793

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Hi guys.  Looking to buy my first Winchester.  Not looking for pristine….just a shooter.

 

I want an 1892 SRC Carbine in 44-40 or LC.  I found this one on Gunbroker, Winchester 1892 44-40, 44 WCF lever action, carbine W/saddle ring – Lever Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 950800695

 

The seller thinks it might be re-blued, but the photos are not sharp enough for me to tell and there is no photo of the muzzle.

 

Hoping one of you guys can take a look and see what you think.  If re-blued, the price is too high.  I am not experienced enough to know if there are any other inconsistencies.

Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks, 

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