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Get your kicks on Route '66
« on: March 04, 2019, 05:54:36 AM »
Oh, yes I did... ;)

Put some earnest money down on a Navy Arms Winchester '66 "Yellow Boy" chambered in .44-40 WCF that I stumbled across at the LGS the other day. It's seen some use, and the receiver is well patina'd, nice wood and very tight action. I'm not in a huge hurry to pay it off and take it home as the BP range doesn't open until May (flooding notwithstanding) and it happens to be hovering around at 0 degrees F today in my neck of the woods.
But I just couldn't let this one get away.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 06:36:28 AM »
Cool Beans!!!
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 06:42:42 AM »
Cool Beans!!!

Thanks! This one has been on my "short list" for a long time. It played a huge role in the Indian wars of the Old West (on both sides) and it happens to be chambered in the best period cartridge (IMHO) for that rifle; .44-40 WCF as opposed to the many other chambering versions out there in .45LC, .357/.38 spl, and others that this gun never originally came chambered in.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 07:01:24 AM by Captainkirk »
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 08:05:33 AM »
Good for you Capt! The 66 is on my short list too. As soon as funds become available, I'll have one too.

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 08:28:12 AM »
Cool Beans!!!

Thanks! This one has been on my "short list" for a long time. It played a huge role in the Indian wars of the Old West (on both sides) and it happens to be chambered in the best period cartridge (IMHO) for that rifle; .44-40 WCF as opposed to the many other chambering versions out there in .45LC, .357/.38 spl, and others that this gun never originally came chambered in.

The only cartridges they were chambered in was the .44 Henry and 44 WCF. They weren't discontinued until 1899.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2019, 08:41:06 AM »
The only cartridges they were chambered in was the .44 Henry and 44 WCF. They weren't discontinued until 1899.

.44 Henry was a rimfire, right?
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2019, 09:28:14 AM »
I love the 44-40 in a lever gun! I shoot only black in mine and the bottle neck of this cartridge is enough to keep all the BP crud out of the action. I only have to clean the barrel!
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2019, 09:32:51 AM »
The only cartridges they were chambered in was the .44 Henry and 44 WCF. They weren't discontinued until 1899.

.44 Henry was a rimfire, right?

Yep.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2019, 12:50:23 PM »
Forgot to mention; this is the 'rifle version' with octagon barrel. Really handsome gun.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2019, 01:21:19 PM »
Good for you Capt'n. I HAD a Yellow Boy in 44-40 for a while, never did shoot it. It was part of a trade deal that a friend and I  were engaged in. I never got a chance to shoot it, and after a while my friend decided he wanted it back, so another round of deals ensued.

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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2019, 01:35:55 PM »
Good for you Capt'n. I HAD a Yellow Boy in 44-40 for a while, never did shoot it. It was part of a trade deal that a friend and I  were engaged in. I never got a chance to shoot it, and after a while my friend decided he wanted it back, so another round of deals ensued.

THAT ain't no 'friend'. J*j
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2019, 02:44:29 PM »
The 1866 was not chambered in 44 WCF. Rather, it was the 44 Henry Centerfire. These came out toward the end of production and are very rare.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2019, 02:49:38 PM »
Glad to hear you are getting it. It will be very easy to load for with black powder and will make a nice plinker for you. For me, there is something very unique to the toggle link action rifles and they make their own distinct sound when the carrier block drops back down into the bottom of the receiver.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2019, 06:01:53 PM »
The 1866 was not chambered in 44 WCF. Rather, it was the 44 Henry Centerfire. These came out toward the end of production and are very rare.

I stand sit corrected.
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Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2019, 06:22:24 PM »
Glad you got one CK. Happy, Happy, Happy.