It is enough to make you cry, but I am in possession of a first year, 4 digit serial number 1892 in .38-40 that is beautiful. Unfortunately Bubba got to it at some point and cut a large notch in the bolt by the hammer, I assume to put in some kind of sight. It cycles, and supposedly shoots. Worse still is he drilled two holes on the left side of the receiver and drilled out the hole for the screw that holds the bolt pin in place. So if you shoot it yo have to keep tapping the bolt pin back in pace. I had an experienced gunsmith tell me it wasn't worth fixing and sell it for parts. But I'm stubborn. I know it isn't worth what I paid for it, but I would like to at least make it a shooter. My questions are -- can any bolt of the period be used or must it be a replacement in the same caliber? I can get an 1890's vintage bolt from a 44-40 rifle reasonably priced. My second question is: Can a good gunsmith make screws for the odd shaped tapped holes to fill them in or is the wall of the receiver too thin? Would it be easier to just try to find another receiver somewhere? Again, does it have to be caliber-specific? I obviously don't know anything about Winchesters, and it was an expensive-lesson impulse buy. Advice needed and appreciated.