That’s a dandy rifle in my eyes. Good job on the stock replacement. The 25-20 has always been one of my favorites. I was never fortunate enough to find a button mag octagon barrel rifle. Congratulations on a great find and the stock replacement makes it an excellent piece in my eyes. RDB
March 8, 2023
One of my favorite calibers is 25-20 I have probably 6 in that caliber although one is a Marlin the rest are Winchesters. I bought a bunch of jacketed bullets and maybe a 1000 cast lead. I have turned some solid copper bullets for 45-70 and have thought of making some for the 25-20. Using a CNC lathe you can keep tolerances pretty close. I have so many projects on the burners not sure I will get around to it but I might.
Incidentally, the Marlin 1894 has a bore around 5-6 and shoots jacketed bullets well. I have an 1892 25-20 octagonal barrel with a decent bore of maybe an 8+ and a 92 carbine with close to the same bore of around an 8. I shoot these with cast bullets and they do fine out to 50+ yards. The carbine is easy to carry very handy. For me Winchester 1892’s are probably my favorite with the 1886 coming in a close second.
Tony, you have a nice 92 shoot the heck out of it and good luck! By the way I would have paid 1K US for it…………so was that in US or AU dollars?
November 1, 2013
Tony. R said
Michael the sling eyes and the Lyman front sight, does that look correct to you, the eye on the replaced stock is fitted exactly as the origional one.
Eyes are correct. You can find repro swivels on ebay, but the eyes are almost impossible to find.
Lyman sight likely a replacement; early Lymans had ivory beads or posts.
The sling eyes look correct to me. The rear eye appears to not be turned in all the way so the base contacts the wood. (Make sure the hole in the stock is deep enough before turning in). A large nail will work to turn it). The front may be loose or not secured properly. (front eyes are “crushed in place” and will loosen from being pulled on from use). Front and rear eyes should run parallel with the barrel. Just my take. RDB
April 30, 2023
As I understand it: Not properly cleaning the bore after use is probably the most common cause of bore corrosion. The mercuric primers in conjunction with the black power deposits in the bore reacted with the moisture in the air to become corrosive to the metal. The smaller .25 caliber bores were more difficult to clean than the .30 and .44 caliber bores and seemed to attract moisture to a greater degree. The same problem exists with .22 caliber rifles. RDB