I also have a Winchester Model 1892 44.Mag lever action rifle. I would say it's condition is about 80% It has some minor scratches but the stock has the original wood. I believe it has all of its original parts. The serial number is faded and I can't make it out, I could barely make out Model 1892. It is stamped with "44 MAG" on the top of the barrel just in front of the receiver. It has a round barrel not an octagon barrel. I also cannot find an exact picture of this weapon on the internet anywhere. I'm not asking for an exact price just a ball park range.
The original Winchester Model 1892 was offered in .44 WCF which stands for Winchester Center Fire. This is different from .44 mag. From the sounds of your description the rifle must have had the bluing buffed off to remove rust at some time. That is why you can not read the serial number or Model designation on the upper tang. You might try putting a piece of paper over the serial number and rubbing a pencil over it. You might get a faint mark from the indentation of the numbers.
The rifle below is a standard sporting rifle wit ha round barrel. Your's should look like it since you did not mention that it had a saddle ring on the left side of the receiver.
It is hard to value it until I am sure of just what it is. If you would register then you could post some photos or send them to me in an email.
Thank you very much - I'll upload pictures of the rifle very soon.
I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures and for the tour of my apartment. If you need better pictures I can get my hands on a camera and have better pictures up soon. Thank you.
44 MAG (I apologize for the terrible picture quality)
PAT. OCT. 14.1884
(This is my interpretation of the faded writing, which is completely invisible in this picture)
I wouldn't bother too much for the other camera. I do notice one HUGE problem in your photos. The loading gate is on th WRONG side of the rifle t obe an original Winchester.
Some better photos would certainly help but I am not sure just what the heck you have.
I'm sorry, I took these with my web cam and the pictures are just mirrored. I didn't realize this until you mentioned that the loading gate was on the wrong side.
Well that clears up that wierd deal. I was wondering how in the world that happened. The rifle is definitely a strange one. It has a rifle style stock but a carbine style fore end on it. Model 1892 rifles never had a ramp style fron sight either. The rear sightis totally foreign to me. The end of the magazine is also nothing original to Winchester rifles. I think I am just going to put this one on hold until you can score a good camera and send me some high resolution photos in an email.
"More than one million Winchester Model 1892's were produced from 1892 to 1931, so it should be three times easier to find a Model '92 than a Colt Single Action. The three main chamberings, just as in the Model 1873, were .44 WCF, .38 WCF, and .32 WCF, or as they are better known today, .44-40, .38-40, and .32-20. Two other chamberings are found - the .25-20 and the very rare .218 Bee. During the 1950's, many 1892's were converted to .357 Magnum or .44 Magnum. The originals ended production before the advent of either Magnum, so none were ever produced in these chamberings nor in .45 Colt." - http://www.shootmagazine.com/articles/firearms/winchester_m92.htm
I thought this might help you a little or clear something up. I'll upload better pictures soon. - Thanks
It is a Winchester model 1892 rechambered for 44 mag.