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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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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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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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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.
 
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