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April 10, 2021 - 1:40 am
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… here’s a .32 Special Cool

Winchester Model 1894 – SEMI DELUXE, SHORT RIFLE .32WS – Curios & Relics at GunBroker.com : 896541666

It letters Cool 

Plus, half octagon barrel, pistol grip, checkered – for me, the only thing missing is the shotgun butt 😉 

I like the condition.  I would not freshen the checkering – I’m wonder who here would be in favor of doing that?

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steve004 said
 I would not freshen the checkering – I’m wonder who here would be in favor of doing that?  

Doug Turnbull’s customers. 

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Not me, I Like  to leave things as they are. It’s only original once. 

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The only thing I would do is swap out the hammer with a correct one.  Leave everything else original as it is.

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I’d leave it alone, for sure. Fresh checkering would look totally out of place.  

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Winchester Model 1873 44-40 circa 1886

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Almost missed the checkering, nice configuration other than an unfortunate choice in chambering. Wink

 

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TXGunNut said
…nice configuration other than an unfortunate choice in chambering.

I have never understood why there is such a prejudice against .32 Special.

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mrcvs said

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…nice configuration other than an unfortunate choice in chambering.

I have never understood why there is such a prejudice against .32 Special.  

And as many here know, I would have no qualification to do the explaining of that point Wink

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mrcvs said

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…nice configuration other than an unfortunate choice in chambering.

I have never understood why there is such a prejudice against .32 Special.  

In my case I wouldn’t call it prejudice, it’s just not an antique caliber and I collect antique Winchesters.  I’m sure it is a fine cartridge but I don’t have the gun for it. 

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I was just poking a little fun at Steve. I have an unexplainable attraction to 94’s in 32 Special and he’s well aware of it as he’s quite fond of the cartridge as well. Funny thing, I haven’t really found a load they like but I enjoy dragging them out to the range to continue the quest.

 

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I purchased this rifle and will not change anything exceopt maybe the hammer.  I am a little reluctant to remove the stock as it is so easy to break of a ear of the stock up next to the receiver.  As of this writing I have not actually received the rifle and as we all know pictures do not always tell the full story.

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Congrats on a nice rifle, Jerry. 

 

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That rifle has a lot going for it.  Congratulations on ending up on top.  Assuming appropriate care is used (which I am sure you will) I wouldn’t worry too much about removing the buttstock.  I say that because Austin mentions in the description that he had the buttstock off.  Yes, I do worry when a stock has never been off a rifle in 100 years – sometimes they can be stuck on pretty good.  However, if the stock has recently been removed, you should be fine.

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Removing the stock takes patience.  Don’t move it side to side to loosen it, just up and down then straight back once loose.

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Thanks folks, I will keep you posted as to what I decide to do.  I did read where Austin said he removed the butt stock but kind of forgot it when I was thinking of replacing the hammer.  I have  seen a lot of old rifles with the corners broken off the butt stock.  I purcased a few in my early days of collecting before I found out it takes more than just finding a good butt stock.

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Not sure why but I have found a number of 32 WS that have really bad bore wear.  Perhaps that would be why some folks prefer the 30 30.  My son hunts a lot more than I do and usually carries the 32  ws.

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My 1885 which letters 7/15/1904 (serial no applied) has the same weak checkering as this one. The fore-stock checkering is almost gone. The butt stock is no. 19371. My rifle has many special features and has the same CF on the lower tang as does this 1894. A previous reply showed 3 rifles with CF on lower tang and was believed to mean custom features or fittings. I am now convinced that is correct. Bert has info on my gun which is SN 97274. Don

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jerry thomas said
Not sure why but I have found a number of 32 WS that have really bad bore wear.  Perhaps that would be why some folks prefer the 30 30.  My son hunts a lot more than I do and usually carries the 32  ws.  

Of course! Because they were so darn effective, they got used Smile

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Here’s a short rifle that sold two days ago – for under a grand:

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/897939532

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