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    Question regarding barrel markings on a 1st gen

    So I’ve got a couple of 1st gen 44-40s. Underneath the cylinder pin one is marked “44” and the other is marked “45”. I’ve measured the bore diameter and both are clearly 44 caliber. The one marked 44 is from 1900 the one marked 45 is from 1903. Any idea why?

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    Hang in there man . Somebody knows something. Welcome aboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhash0221 View Post
    So I’ve got a couple of 1st gen 44-40s. Underneath the cylinder pin one is marked “44” and the other is marked “45”. I’ve measured the bore diameter and both are clearly 44 caliber. The one marked 44 is from 1900 the one marked 45 is from 1903. Any idea why?
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    I once owned one of the 1972 commemoratives with the "Colt Frontier Six Shooter" etched barrel. It came from the Colt Factory with a 45 Colt cylinder. Mistakes do happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdennis View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jhash0221 View Post
    So I’ve got a couple of 1st gen 44-40s. Underneath the cylinder pin one is marked “44” and the other is marked “45”. I’ve measured the bore diameter and both are clearly 44 caliber. The one marked 44 is
    from 1900 the one marked 45 is from 1903. Any idea why?
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    Lol probably what happened

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintclair View Post
    I once owned one of the 1972 commemoratives with the "Colt Frontier Six Shooter" etched barrel. It came from the Colt Factory with a 45 Colt cylinder. Mistakes do happen.
    Thank you for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhash0221 View Post
    So I’ve got a couple of 1st gen 44-40s. Underneath the cylinder pin one is marked “44” and the other is marked “45”. I’ve measured the bore diameter and both are clearly 44 caliber. The one marked 44 is from 1900 the one marked 45 is from 1903. Any idea why?
    One way the 44 barrel could measure close to 45 is if it was a 44 Rimfire barrel. Just why an old rimfire barrel would be on a 1900 SAA might be the best question here. Another possibility is that it was a very early barrel for the 44-40 SAA (circa 1876-77). So does the 1900 gun have a 45 Colt cylinder? Can you photograph the muzzle well enough to show the rifling in that barrel? If so, then maybe I can identify its origin.
    Last edited by victorio1sw; 08-21-2019 at 07:00 PM.


 

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