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Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Jul 19th, 2019 at 6:34am
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This popped up on my Gunbroker notifications this morning.

A very plain-looking 44 action, very high serial number, rebarreled .32-40 by a Mr. Earl Hines, and so marked.  Mr. Hines said to have been a Schuetzen shooter in the '90s, apparently living in Tucson area.

Ring any bells ?  Just curious.
  
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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #1 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 6:56am
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a top gunsmith  think he was at cody ballard for a time   art
  
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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #2 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 11:36am
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Yes, he was at Cody Ballard for most of the time it was operating. He is a fine gunsmith and offhand shot and He won many matches competing with the best at the time.
  

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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #3 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 12:01pm
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Earl has been in Schuetzen, for a long time. I didn't know him but, knew his name from the '80, at Coors and match results in ASSRA matches.

I don't know if he's still with us or still doing work but, if you do a searh, on this forum, you'll find lots of info on him. Here is one post that involves his name and with contact info, for him:

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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #4 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 1:11pm
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Unfortunately, the hammer is not lugged, so in my opinion you'd be buying a barrel and an action that are not the best candidates for being used together.

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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #5 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 3:00pm
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I'm wondering now why such a gunsmith would have been building a 44 with a .32-40 barrel and no lug.  Surely he knew better.
  
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Reply #6 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 7:15pm
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Maybe he didn't find put until after he'd started, which could also be why the gun's not finished.

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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #7 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 8:05pm
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If the rifle was barreled when Earl was in Tucson, it would have been quite a while before he went to Ballard. Only he might be able to answer your questions, and last I knew he was still doing gun work in Cody. Either Keith Kilby or Steve Garbe at Wyoming Armory could get you in touch with Earl.
  

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Re: Earl Hines Model 44 in .32-40
Reply #8 - Jul 19th, 2019 at 8:06pm
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That's gotta be the Ockham's Razor solution.  That he was building a "bitza".   (Bitza this and bitza that.  A tradition among fans of old British motorcycles.)

'Course it might a barrel with his mark that somebody else was putting on that action.
  
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