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February 26, 2014 - 7:02 am
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Ok not a trick question, but which 1892’s are more desireable? The rifle design or the carbine design. Also full length magazines or button magazines.
I am in the market for my first 1892, and want one in 32-20. I was just curious as to which ones would be a good investment. I am not looking for a pretty collector type gun. I just want a nice looking good shooter that I can take in the woods and have fun with. I also would like to know what a good respectible price should be for one…..
Any help and foresight would be greatly appreciated

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Hello Steve,

Most collectors will go for the octagon barrel rifles with the full length magazine as the #1 choice. BUT that is not to say that there is not a large contingent of guys, and probably a few ladies, who like a saddle ring carbine configuration. If you had to bet $5 on which will hold value better it is probably the octagon gun. I personally like the looks of an octagon barrel rifle with a button mag. It gives a little lighter look to the rifle and in a way accentuates the barrel design. In the end it all comes down to what you personally like the most. If you are not in a buy and sell for a profit position then get what you like the best.

As you are looking, and BEFORE you pull out the check book contact me and I will be glad to look at any of them and advise on their originality. You can get some idea of the variations in this link: http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=606355

I just want a nice looking good shooter.

Not knowing exactly what you consider good looking it is very difficult to give an accurate number for the possible cost. Probably $1500 to $2000.

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Just wanted to let you all know that I have closed a deal for nice 1892 rifle in 32-20. It is un-molested, and looks reasonably well for a 1910 rifle. A big thanks to Michael (twobit) who has helped me look for every detail necessary to make my decission. I won’t say any more at this time because the rifle is not in my hands as of yet. I will have it in about a week or so. I will post before and after pics of it when it is in my fat hand. I say before as it was sprayed with some sort of thicker preserative that need to be cleaned off. I will not be messing with the stock at all.
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We will look forward to enjoying some photographs of your 1892 when you receive it.

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Congratulations on your acquisition. It does look complete original to me. The 32 W.C.F. is my favourite small game cartridge.

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I just slugged the barrel. It came out at .312 and there was definition to the lands and groves on the slug. Hopefully I have good shootable barrel. I want to take it to my gunsmith and have them clean it, and repair/ replace 3 screws that someone in the past buggered up with the wrong screwdriver. That way the next time I have to take it apart it will be right to begin with.

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Quick question about the rear sights. Did they make different blade configurations for them? That little blade insert that you can raise and lower and set with the screw. If so can you still get them?

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Took the rifle out today and fired it. Was shooting 1" groups at 50 yds. Offhand shooting. Not to shabby for an old gun. The holes were also round, so I guess the bore is good.

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Sounds like you have a very accurate 32-20. .312 is a very good groove diameter to have. Do you happen to know what the diameter of the bullets you are using are?

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I was shooting Ultramax cowboy loads @.313 dia. I called Ultramax today and asked what powder they used and they said used Titegroup powder and the lead bullets were of the Lyman design and they go by what lyman says. The only thing they do differently is use 3% softer bullets than Lyman #2. I called them because when I cleaned the rifle after shooting it was really dirty with black stuff. Ultramax claimed it was because of the softer lead bullet. Who knows?????I will be reloading my own as soon as starlight brass gets their production up and the supplies get to the shops. Let me know what you guys are thinking??

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One other thing….This caliber is the coolest I have shot in a while. There was no crack, and echo as with larger calibers. I just heard a thud. I was not even wearing ear protection, and no ringing ears. Very enjoyable rifle to shoot

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Based on my experience I would say that Steve is now an addict!!! Welcome to the club.

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Steve, the mild report of the 32-20 is just one of several reasons that the 32-20 is one of my favourite cartridges. I have an old post on this forum about the 32-20 that I will see if I can find and BTT.

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