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Fleetman 02-10-2010 03:21 PM

My New Cache
GF has been in Maryland for the past month settling her dad's estate....he was an avid Winchester collector and has a very nice collection of lever guns. Unfortunately her brothers "shared" in the dispersal of the guns but they gave her a very nice Win 70 .30-06, an FN '98 Mauser .30-06, Win 1400 12 gauge with three barrels, an L.C. Smith 12 ga double, and a curious Mossberg .22LR bolt rifle that is marked US Property. I will post some pictures once we get all of the "stuff" she brought home put away. She also got a Ruger .22LR/.22WMR revolver.

We brought it all back in a 17' U-Haul, 1850 miles total with 400 miles through the Winter Powerhouse storm....what an adventure! The first thing I did upon arriving at home was to put the newest additions to sleep in our safe.

rjgnwdc 02-10-2010 03:42 PM

Cha Ching!
Sorry to hear about your GF's Dad and all. Some of those LC's can be fairly valuable I imagine the brothers really made out :eek:

Gatekeeper 02-10-2010 03:56 PM


Originally Posted by Fleetman (Post 228065)
and a curious Mossberg .22LR bolt rifle that is marked US Property.

Sounds like a Mossberg m44US.
Used as a training rifle by the Army and Navy starting in WWII
If so you'll probably love it, I know I do mine!
Very accurate and a nice piece of history.

Fleetman 02-10-2010 10:39 PM

Thanks Gatekeeper....I was thinking it must be a trainer of sorts and her dad was in the Navy. I have not had a chance to really look her stuff over yet. I'm sure the bores are pristine since he was quite the gunsmith too as well as her brothers. I salivated over the wealth of reloading components, gunsmithing tools, etc, etc but alas, she got her share of mom"s diamonds and the boys got the gun stuff.

I look forward to playing with the Mossberg and hope to soon as all of the other "valuable" stuff is put"no playing until this house is straightened up"!

Thank you for the info and the replies folks!

Fleetman 02-21-2010 02:22 PM

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Gatekeeper.....thanks for the info and I apologize for the picture quality of mine but a cell is limited. I noticed a very low serial number, 11xx, so I need to get busy and look this thing up.

Gatekeeper 02-21-2010 07:42 PM

Nice rifle!
Here's a link that may help you with dating yours
<font size="1">Mossberg Model 44 US Property Production Numbers, Dates, Contract Numbers</font>

Here is a little backround and info on the M44Us
David B. Horvath's CMP Mossberg US 44 FAQ

And the first and best source for Mossy parts
Havlin Sales & Service - Mossberg Gun Parts

Fleetman 02-22-2010 12:30 AM

actually I was wrong on the serial number...mine is 147xxx and I think that puts it around 1944? Still, a very nice rifle and I can"t wait to shoot it. It looks like there is quite a bit of info on the 'net for this rifle.

"She" is now pondering skeet with her dad's Win 1400 that she also inherited....can I get any luckier?? She likes to shoot, is very well disciplined with firearms, and c/c's on a regular basis.

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