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March 9, 2021
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so a buddy picked up what winchester lever action in 32 wcf. the finish is brown to none. the lever is stuck open. basically his friend found it in the shed and sold it probably real cheap. I was told it's got a scope on it, so it must be drilled for a scope mount. 

It's not in any sort of collectable condition, it's your typical road hard and put away wet. But I have a soft spot for neglected guns, cars, 3 wheelers. 

So my question is, if any of you guys had a complete rifle like this, what kind of ball park figure would you put on it if you were to sell it? I told my buddy when he's ready to sell it to let me know, I'm thinking 200 to 300 bucks? if all the parts are there amd the lever just have some rust on the pin? Sorry I don't have a picture and only saw a dark phone picture. it looked like a rifle length. 

thank you. jim

March 9, 2021
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Jim,

You need to post a picture of it so we can see what model it is and what condition its is in. It will make a difference in what its worth.

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March 9, 2021
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I won't see him for another 4 weeks, he's suppose to bring it to the next swap meet. I'll get some pics then. Hes really not a gun guy, he (like me) will buy anything cheap to flip. So I'm sure this thing was pretty cheap for him. I just let him know I was interested. The 2 pics I did see, no finish, and 32 cal. rifle not a src. jim

March 11, 2021
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buddy stopped by, unfortunately didn't get any pics, but its a winchester 32 ws,  model 1894. rear sight is soldered or welded on one side, most of the screw heads are a little buggered. mainspring is missing and the stock looks like a carbine stock that doesn't really fit. bore is dirty but I can see the lands. I'll definetly get pics next time I see it, I tossed out a $230 offer. he said he would think about it. jim

March 13, 2021
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buddy stopped by, unfortunately didn't get any pics, but its a winchester 32 ws,  model 1894. rear sight is soldered or welded on one side, most of the screw heads are a little buggered. mainspring is missing and the stock looks like a carbine stock that doesn't really fit. bore is dirty but I can see the lands. I'll definetly get pics next time I see it, I tossed out a $230 offer. he said he would think about it. jim  

If you aspire to be a collector, Jim, walk away. There are better guns out there. If you want a shooter, walk away. If you want a rustic relic to hang on your wall to show friends and family how the West was won...walk away. I love the 1894, I love the cartridge...but you can do better. Keep your money in your pocket, a better Winchester will happen along I promise!

 

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March 13, 2021
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jim mac said
buddy stopped by, unfortunately didn't get any pics, but its a winchester 32 ws,  model 1894. rear sight is soldered or welded on one side, most of the screw heads are a little buggered. mainspring is missing and the stock looks like a carbine stock that doesn't really fit. bore is dirty but I can see the lands. I'll definetly get pics next time I see it, I tossed out a $230 offer. he said he would think about it. jim  

I agree with Mike, For $750 you can buy a nice shooter.

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March 14, 2021
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20210307_180108-1.jpgImage EnlargerI told my buddy $230, if he bites, ill grab it. a firing pin and main spring is less than 100 bucks on ebay. I've got a extra stock sitting in the shed that I tried to put on the last project. I have a problem buying broken things and spending too much time trying to fix them. jim

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Its a wall hanger.

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March 14, 2021
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March 14, 2021
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If the stock you have is dark and matches the forearm it will have a good look.

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March 25, 2021
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well I bit the bullet and bought it. sn 563294 I guess puts it made in 1912. pics will be posted this afternoon. jim

March 25, 2021
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Its a 1902 gun.

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March 25, 2021
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no idea what the stock is, its got a trap door 

RCAF 7B355 stamped on the stock. Good news on the rear sight, it's not solder, it's jb weld, comes off with my fingernail. 

So the serial number puts it as a 1902? 

Will any pre64 firing pin fit. it's missing the main spring, screw and stock screw too. jim20210325_151721.jpgImage Enlarger20210325_151739.jpgImage Enlarger20210325_151749.jpgImage Enlarger

March 26, 2021
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That is different gun than you posted earlier. That is one odd shaped homemade stock. First thing I would do if it was mine is to put a real one on. I looked up the serial wrong, it is a 1912 gun.

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March 26, 2021
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the first pic is my last project, saddle ring carbine found in a wall in tombstone. 

this one has a 26 inch round barrel. found out it's missing the spring and follower in the tube. going to start to order a few parts tonight. 

Found a reproduction stock I bought for the src that I never used. so I slid it on to see what it'll look like. jim20210325_172312.jpgImage Enlarger

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funny thing with projects. this is how you turn a 250 dollar gun into a 400 dollar gun when you have to replace parts. Only surprise was the missing magazine spring and follower. rest I saw before buying it. jim

March 26, 2021
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figured out the home made stock is a M1917 stock cut down and modified to fit the rifle. jim

April 8, 2021
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parts came in and I got them installed. turns out there's a small ding on the magazine tube. I thought it was empty so I ordered a replacement spring and follower, when I removed the cap, out shot the spring. I used a ratchet extenetion and worked the ding so the follower goes up and down. 

firing pin was broke and the replacement dropped right in, mainspring and screw no problem, stock the repaired stock on, cooked the lever and the hammer goes right down the the half cook. I found the sear is slightly rounded over. square it up with a jewlers file and it locks back fine now. 

Too bad ammo is not available right now for this rifle. Now to decide weather to sell it and move onto the next project, whatever that will be. jim

April 8, 2021
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Interesting project. I'd love to see it when you have finished. Regarding ammo, I think you said it was a 32 caliber Model 1894. If that is the case, it takes 32 Winchester Special ammo which, last I heard, was still available.

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