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A pair of .32 Specials
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Here’s a pair I have. One of Winchester brand and one of Marlin brand.  Both with special sights.  I know we have some Marlin fans around here so I thought some might enjoy seeing one next to the Winchester (don’t worry – I won’t, “out” anyone).  I took these photos today and the light was very harsh.

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Very cool, I hope to own something with that rear sight on it…. that’s original and legit of course

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Very cool, I hope to own something with that rear sight on it…. that’s original and legit of course  

Thanks Bill.  If you want that rear sight on something that is original and legit, I hope you like .32 specials.  It is the .32 special sight.  I think I have seen one or two M1894’s that were in a caliber other than .32 special and lettered with this sight – as a special order of course.  But mainly, they put them on .32 specials. 

The Marlin has a fairly uncommon sight. It’s the Hepburn sight and mounts in the original two holes on the top of the receiver. 

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I have no ill will towards the 32 special……I believe they are one or two nearby;)

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Nice! Thanks for sharing. It’s not likely that anyone truly understands the Winchester story until he knows a little about Marlin, Whitney, Kennedy, Burgess, Tiesing and Colt. The cartridge, however, is a bit of a mystery to me. The 32 Special, you say? What’s so “Special” about it? 😉

All kidding aside I’m still puzzled that Marlin chambered rifles for this cartridge but that is why the histories of these companies and people interest me. A very special pair, indeed, Steve.

 

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Nifty. I’ve been chasing Marlins lately.

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Nifty. I’ve been chasing Marlins lately.  

I just dropped of an 1881 in .40-60 for consignment and have a .45-70 waiting at home. I have sold a couple in the past, both in .45-70. They went for stupid money.

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I just dropped of an 1881 in .40-60 for consignment and have a .45-70 waiting at home. I have sold a couple in the past, both in .45-70. They went for stupid money.  

You should have dropped that 1881 off with me. I’ve been looking for one in .40-60.

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 R75-1.jpgImage EnlargerR75-3.jpgImage EnlargerR75-8U.jpgImage EnlargerR75-12.jpgImage EnlargerR203-9U.jpgImage EnlargerR203-2.jpgImage EnlargerR203-10.jpgImage EnlargerR203-5U.jpgImage EnlargerBeautiful Winchester & Marlin pair there Steve!  Congrats! 

Hope I’m not spring-boarding too far here.  A couple of Marlins.  Mine both in 38-55. One a ‘decent’ if appearing maybe fifties era refinish when looking pretty trumped more delicate nuances of “restoration”.  Anyway, a pretty face!  Second Marlin, semi-octagon barrel with Hepburn sight*. Hush, please!  ‘It’ doesn’t know it’s supposed to be in 32 Spl; ie “adopted!” Oh my.  Acquired ‘as found’!  🙂  

*This my only Hepburn & missing some sort of parts.  Elevator flopping loose on hinge.  Any info on components, parts whereabouts, suggestions, etc… Appreciated!  (Home Depot seems to be out…  “Corona problem”! 🙂 ) 

Again, hopefully not intruding & apologies if so!

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iskra said
R75-1.jpgImage EnlargerR75-3.jpgImage EnlargerR75-8U.jpgImage EnlargerR75-12.jpgImage EnlargerR203-9U.jpgImage EnlargerR203-2.jpgImage EnlargerR203-10.jpgImage EnlargerR203-5U.jpgImage EnlargerBeautiful Winchester & Marlin pair there!  Hope I’m not spring-boarding too far here.  A couple of Marlins.  Mine both in 38-55. One a ‘decent’ if appearing maybe fifties era refinish when looking pretty trumped more delicate nuances of “restoration”.  Anyway, a pretty face!  Second Marlin, semi-octagon barrel with Hepburn sight*. Hush, please!  ‘It’ doesn’t know it’s supposed to be in 32 Spl.  Or me, either!  Acquiring as found!  🙂  

*This my only Hepburn & missing some sort of parts.  Elevator flopping loose on hinge.  Any info on components, parts whereabouts, suggestions, etc… Appreciated!  (Home Depot seems to be out…  “Corona problem”! 🙂 ) 

Again, hopefully not intruding & apologies if so!

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John  

John – thank you for the compliment.  Your rifle has several things going for it – it is a .38-55, it is a half octagon, it is a takedown and pistol grip stock – all neat features. I have the Hepburn receiver sight on many of my Marlins.  Fortunately, they are all complete.  And unfortunately, I have no spare parts.  I know some versions of this sight that are encountered are reproductions.

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Nice 32s Steve. I’ve been never understood the bad rap the 32 Spl has received. If I had to choose between a standard rifle in 30-30 (30WCF) or 32 SPL – and I’m just talking personal appeal here – I’d choose the 32 SPL.  May have something to do with the fact that a 32 SPL was my first deer hunting rifle, don’t know. Must be just something “special” about it…

Just on the cartridges, it’s funny. I also collect high condition, factory sealed boxes of ammunition. I have learned over the years that boxes in 30WCF are very desirable down there, far more than up here (Canada), I am not sure why. 

Funny, as I sold out the last of my high condition 1894 rifles, my OB FM CD Take Down Rifle with the Special 32 sight, was the last to go.

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I just purchased a Mod. ’76 in 40-60, from Ward’s auction in Oregon . I don’t have it home yet, but when it shows up it will be the first 40-60 I’ve ever owned. I also just found a full box, “green box, 1890’s” of Winchester 40-60 ammo for it, about as scarce as the gun. Nice pieces there Steve.

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Nice 32s Steve. I’ve been never understood the bad rap the 32 Spl has received. If I had to choose between a standard rifle in 30-30 (30WCF) or 32 SPL – and I’m just talking personal appeal here – I’d choose the 32 SPL.  May have something to do with the fact that a 32 SPL was my first deer hunting rifle, don’t know. Must be just something “special” about it…

Just on the cartridges, it’s funny. I also collect high condition, factory sealed boxes of ammunition. I have learned over the years that boxes in 30WCF are very desirable down there, far more than up here (Canada), I am not sure why. 

Funny, as I sold out the last of my high condition 1894 rifles, my OB FM CD Take Down Rifle with the Special 32 sight, was the last to go.

Matt  

Matt –

I suspect your first deer rifle in .32 spl. had an impact that sunk deeply into your psyche.  I recall two of my uncles and some of my cousins used .32 spls. – not .30-30’s.  Early on I selected a ’94 .32spl. carbine with a long eye relief Leupold forwarded mounted low power scope.  This was way before anyone mentioned the, “scout rifle” concept.  I was very successful with that carbine.  I loved the scope for deep woods whitetail hunting.  With that low power long eye relief scope, I could shoot with both eyes open and simultaneously see through the scope and around the scope.  I shot several running deer running through brush with that carbine.  And of course, I attribute a fair amount of my success to the chambering as well 😉

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