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Antique Winchester 32

junquejunque Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
edited November 2001 in Ask the Experts
I am trying to find the value of a Winchester 32 serial # 360400B.It has an octagon barrel stamped "Kings Improvement patented March 29 1866 October 16 1860." The stock is cracked but intact and overall, (except the crack)the gun is in very good condition.Can anybody help?

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  • 32wsl32wsl Member Posts: 68 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Your Winchester Model 1873(3rd mod), in 32WCF (32-20) was manufactured in 1890. It was produced in 3 configurations: carbine, Rifle,and Infantry rifle (musket). Please advise of barrel length and how long the fore stock is for a value estimate. In general, the rifle won't be as valuable as the other two types. A broken stock is a major detractor, but no where near as bad as a bent barrel, broken tang, or even a pitted butt plate. Replacement stocks (original as well as reproductions) are available.
  • junquejunque Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    The barrel is 23 1/2 inches. I am not sure what you mean by forestock. Im not knowledgeable in guns.
  • junquejunque Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    If the forestock is the wood below the barrelit is 10 1/4 inches.
  • 32wsl32wsl Member Posts: 68 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Junque, you have a rifle. It's length is 24" (you probably measured up to where it is fitted into the receiver. You should have measured from where the head of the cartridge seats; if so the total length should be about 24&1/8" or so. It's value most probably is somewhere around $550-750 depending on the quality of the bluing that's left. Usually these pieces are brownish or blue brownish. If you are inexperienced, it would be difficult to explain the various shades of bluing. It's difficult even for "experts"!! But, let me say the value increases geometrically if there is 'strong' bluing left: the value could approach $2,000, for instance. As to it being an octigon barrel: most rifles/carbines of this period were such, the round barrel being of higher cost to produce. However, for some reason most collectors today prefer the octigon for some strange, unknown reason.
  • junquejunque Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    Thanks for your help. Im not sure about the bluing but the barrell looks very good.Do you know anything about remington 22 rifles?
  • 32wsl32wsl Member Posts: 68 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    No. Suggest you 'close' this topic and open one on your Remingtons.
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