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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: Winchester 1892 38 - 40
I have one made in 1903, also in 38 WCF. 24" round barrel in about 85-90% condition. All bluing on barrel, magazine tube and everywhere else, is intact and perfect, except for some light freckling on the receiver. There's a bit of wear on the fore end cap.
Have seen several at gun shows over the past few years that were in at best, fair condition and asking prices were all in four figures. Last time I checked, those in 32-20 and 25-20 seemed to command the higher prices, followed by 44-40. "Standard" versions, but with octogon bbls, also seem to fetch a tad more than round bbls do.
There's an antique dealer in our area that's having another hunting collectibles auction soon. I've had him appraise things before, should go over and have him appraise my M92 this winter. Based on what I've seen, guessing mine is around $1200 to $1600?
I would think yours is worth at least a thou, at that percentage, but as noted, things are only worth what someone else will pay.
What's more, some deluxe modern repros are now selling for close to what originals fetch.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B