Colt 1878 .44-40

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by willie47, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. willie47

    willie47 New Member

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    I just bought a Colt 1878 .44-40 at an auction, but it's being shipped to a local dealer with an FFL, so I can't put up a picture yet.

    Anyone familiar with these guns?

    Thanks, Bill
     
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Bill,

    I suppose you got a steal on it ???? :p
    That is one fine collectors piece. You can check the model out on Collector Firearms on the Internet! $$$$$$ What is the finish on it? And condition?
    Will love to see the pics when you get them.

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  3. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I'm familiar with the cartridge and the rifle it originally came out in, the 1873 Winchester. I'll have to do some research on the 1878 model :).
     
  4. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I think the 1878's are ugly but hey thats only my opinion. If it was pre-1898 why go thru a dealer? Or is it made after 1898? Nice caliber though. The 44-40's are often very accurate.
     
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

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    The last 44-40's I bought were 35.00 per box of 50. Reloading for it is a learning experience but well worth it.
     
  6. willie47

    willie47 New Member

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    Colt 1878

    I'll answer a few at once . . .
    Yes, I got a steal -- $320!
    I also bought it out of state, and since it uses modern cartridges, it had to be transferred to an FFL holder, and I'm still waiting for it!
    The finish is as expected -- about 50%. Shows holster wear distinctly.
    I'll post a picture when I get it, if I can figure out how.