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What are my 38/40 38WCF Rifle options?

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bear tooth billy:
Check Rock Island Auction, they sell a lot of original Winchesters



--- Quote from: Dave T on March 23, 2021, 01:18:42 PM ---I believe it was the original 1894 Marlin, which chambered all the WCF pistol length cartridges but re-named them the 44-40, the 38-40, and the 32-20.


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I was thinking the same thing about original Marlins.  I checked Wikipedia, and we know that site is not always 100% accurate but they did not list the 38-40 as an original option (32-20 and 44-40 were listed), so I don't know about that.  I know a guy with a modern 38-40 Marlin, but I'm thinking he might have had it rebarreled, I don't recall.  Either that, or it was a quite rare offering.

I owned an original marlin 1894 in 38WCF, and have seen several others.  Not as common as the 32-20, but they are out there. 

ira scott:
The first Marlin chambered in .38-40 was the Model 1888,  top eject, Approx. 4800 mfg. 1888-1889.  The Model 1889 was the first solid top frame side-eject chambered in .25-20,  .32-20,  .38-40 and .44-40.  Blue Book of Gun Values says 55,000 were mfg. 1889-1899. Described as having a "short throw lever action",  FACTORY SHORT STROKE 1889 style!


Navy Six:
I handled a 1889 Marlin in 38-40 about 10 years ago. It was for sale, but I passed it up because the interior of the barrel was in extremely poor shape. A shame as I am always looking for 38-40's.
Over the last 20 years I've managed to find a new 66 & 73 Uberti in 38-40 and actually had another Uberti 66, that started out as a 45 Colt, rebarreled to 38-40.



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