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32-40 is a 32 special
February 17, 2013
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I have a model '94 that is marked as a 32-40 but when I shot a 32-40 round in it , it ejected a 32 special brass ! Been rechambered but not remarked. Can it be rechambered back to a 32-40 again ? Maybe with a sleeve ? Thanks.

February 17, 2013
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Ken,

Yes it can, Just bore out the chamber and insert a sleeve and weld it in then rechamber it.

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February 18, 2013
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Thanks Bob. Any recomendation as to who could do this work? It is a very high condition , takedown '94

February 18, 2013
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Ken,

You can try Mike Hunter. I know he is pretty busy. There are probable others that can do it since its a fairly straight forward job. When was the gun Made?

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February 18, 2013
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Bob , The gun is in the 350,000 range and the search from Cody says shipped June of 1907. How do I contact Mike Hunter ? When they weld the sleeve in does it discolor or effect the blueing in any way ? Thanks , Ken

February 18, 2013
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you put a 32-40 marded shell in your model 94 shot it and it became a marked 32 special shell. was the 32 special shell already in the rifle or did the 32-40 change to 32 special? i am confused.

February 18, 2013
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Larry,

Ken put a 32-40 cartridge in the chamber, fired it, and the ejected case was fire formed to 32 Winchester Special. Somebody apparently wanted it chambered for a easier to find and cheaper to buy cartridge.

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February 18, 2013
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got it thanks

February 18, 2013
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Ken

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February 18, 2013
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When they weld the sleeve in does it discolor or effect the blueing in any way ? Thanks , Ken

You have the distance of the length of the threads to dissipate enough heat and you can weld a little bit at a time to let the heat dissipate.

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February 18, 2013
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I too purchased an 1894 that had had the same rechambering. The seller allowed me to return it when I discovered the alteration. I wonder how many more are so altered, and the owner is unaware of it if the rilfe is never fired.

February 19, 2013
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I have had 2 different 32-40's that had been rechambered to 32 special without being remarked. Both high condition and maybe not fired by several previous owners. First thing I always do when I get a new aquisition is ----shoot it !

February 19, 2013
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Hmmm... that makes you wonder how many original 32-40 Model 1894s out there are no longer original ❓

The good news is that I have yet to encounter a Model 1885 high-wall in 32-40 that has been rechambered to the 32 WS cartridge.

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February 19, 2013
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How interchangeable are the 32 40 and the 32 WS?

February 19, 2013
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Both the 32-40 and 32 WS have the same grove dia: .321

Carrier, ctg guides will work for both so I can see a 32-40 being rechambered to 32WS.

What I see quite often, especially with the 1886 are 38 and 40 cal barrels rebored and rechambered to 45-70, generally they are remarked usually by over stamping the original caliber.

February 19, 2013
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Definetly worth checking when buying a 32-40. I have only owned 6 or 7 and 2 of them had been rebored to 32 spec . Quite a suprize and disappointment when it ejecteted a 32 special case !

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