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    Please Help with Value of Factory Refinish/Caliber Change 1st Gen.

    Im looking at a 1st gen that started life as a 4 3/4" 45 and was sent back to the factory for a caliber change to a 7 1/2" 44/40 . With documentation and the proper stamp on the gun, how does this affect the value ? It also has a factory refinish. Thanks
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    If it's all documented on a Colt letter, it wouldn't really change it much...for me at least. It is what it is. To the purist, maybe it would. I actually would rather have the 7 1/2 44/40 and I think showing it was all done at Colt makes it ok. I tend to prefer shooters over shelf displays. Usually. When was the work done, as compared to it's original version?

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    Any other opinions on this? The gun as made in 1901 and re-worked by Colt just after WW2. It has the S and & stamped on it from Colt.




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    That has to be a sharp looking gun!
    Whats the ask price??

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeverActionBill View Post
    That has to be a sharp looking gun!
    Whats the ask price??
    Bill, its an auction starting at $2499.00 and yes, it looks really good.




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    Wow, that's kind of an unusual caliber change. You would more typically think of that change going the other way; 44-40 was way down in popularity after the war, and most of the caliber changes that I've seen have gone to the shorter bbls. What roll mark does it have for the caliber? Can you post an image?

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    Here ya go..
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    What do you guys think this gun is worth ?




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    I would go as high as 3500. It's very nice.

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    This is an interesting reworked SAA. Are you sure the work was done post WWII? The roll mark on the bbl shows that it is approximately 1923 or earlier, and the colour case hardening doesn't look like most of the post WWII Colt refinishes that I've seen, it looks more like work done in the '20s. Also, and I don't know the answer, but was Colt still using the ampersand for reworks after the war?

    BTW, it is a really nice looking SAA.

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