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Win 1892 converted to 357
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July 9, 2022 - 10:20 pm
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I have a 1892 Short Rifle ( current configuration ) that has a 357 barrel on it. Serial # 703631 made in 1913. I don’t know which receiver it has on it: a 25WCF, 32WCF, or 38WCF, 44WCF.

It is a great shooter,and given the ammo shortages, I’ve been using 38’s and some 357’s.

I’ve had loading issues ( carrier ? ) on the 38 special, and sometimes on the 357.

I admit I have not paid much attention to the ammo going into it. Recently the problem was 38’s not coming up from the loading tube after delivered to the carrier, and also when the round is delivered to the barrel, it will not line up to go into the barrel. Some times things go well and it works fine, otherwise I have the delivery problem. 

Ammo could be the issue, but the carrier too. Obviously, I’ll have to pay more attention the ammo,

The first question I have is which receiver was the best for conversion to 357 ?

How do I tell which I have ?

Next, is the ammo the problem ( size ) or the receiver for the 357 not the correct/best for the conversion ?

I’m guessing both could be the answers, but hopefully just one the problem.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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To the best of my knowledge, there’s only 2 possible receivers. The small caliber which includes the 25 and 32, and the large caliber which includes the 38 and 44 WCF.

Since the 357 is based on a .38 cartridge, I would “assume” that you would have the Large Caliber receiver. I do not know this for a fact. Here’s a pic I was given by another member when I asked a similar question. Note the 2 small groves on the inside of the front receiver. That indicates that it is for the Large Caliber bullets.

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Hi Bill, also the mag tube hole at the front of the receiver would be smaller for the 25 and 32. 


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