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Old 02-15-2017, 01:04 PM
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What is the approximate value of an all matching parts 95% pre-23 38/44 Outdoorsman?
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If it's a 1950's version, about $1,000-1200, give or take.
Early post war transitional worth more, maybe $1,400-$1,500.
Pre war, $1,800-$2,000. That's just an estimate. Boxes and target options, bright blue finish etc will add more.
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moosedog is right on

His values are extremely accurate regarding 95% guns as asked - but add another 30% for 99% guns according to the Standard Catalog of S&W 4th edition.
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Make sure the cylinder is not reamed to accept 357 magnums.
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Make sure the cylinder is not reamed to accept 357 magnums.
As it was a simple job to lengthen the .38 Special chambers using a .357 reamer, some owners did that or had it done to their HDs and ODMs. It might not make much difference in the value of a shooter-grade ODM, but it definitely would for one in or approaching collectible condition.
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It is not reamed.
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It's always hard to determine the value without pictures, a letter, or at least a shipping date.

I say ~$1000-$1200 for 95%.

Is it an early (1950) or one of the later revolvers up to 1957?

Is it an early S75000 or the later S260000's?

I have an early .38/44 postwar Transitional in less than 95% with a May, 1949 shipping date. It has a 4" barrel. S72xxx. I figure around ~$850 here:


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What is the approximate value of an all matching parts 95% pre-23 38/44 Outdoorsman?
How about a picture?
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I tried to sell one in good shape not too long ago the in the classifieds for 1000 plus shipping. No box. Still have it, it's nicer then the ones on Gun Broker that have a 1300 start bid. They have a reputation for shooting great, I prefer the N frames for double action shooting. Good luck, Larry

I have a transitional and a pre-war 38/44 so it gives me all 3 of the variations.

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I traded a firearm I had $850.00 in for the 1933 Outdoorsman. Numbers match except for the grips and it has not been reamed. See my other post for scratches on the frame.
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For an N frame with non matching stocks I would say you did OK but you did not steal it.

Purist collectors want all matching numbers but non matching stocks in S&W's seems to be more of the norm as opposed to the exception. Not sure why that is other than to many it is merely a tool and working stocks are more important than those with matching numbers.

This is even more prevalent in guns that have been through a military or law enforcement armorer. Again, these folks are more interested in function than originality.
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I was shooting for okay. These don't come along everyday, at least that's my experience.
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Would a 6 1/2" barrel 98% in gold box bring a premium. Is that a rare barrel length in an outdoorsman?
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Would a 6 1/2" barrel 98% in gold box bring a premium. Is that a rare barrel length in an outdoorsman?
6.5-inch was the standard barrel length in that model. If the box is original for the gun and has the matching serial number on the bottom it adds to the total value of the package.
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The gun is at auction on gunbroker #646896739. I thought that the 6 1/2" barrel was rare thanks for the info. It looks to be a screamer of a gun. Im going to keep saving up my funds for a pre 27.
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