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Hi I’m Rob, joining you from across the pond in England. I’ve been collecting Winchesters for a number of years and was a member of this forum two or three years back. I’ve rejoined hoping to expand my knowledge and link up with other collectors.

The pictures below are of my newest acquisition- a ‘94 in .32 with a 26” barrel. If anyone can give me any information on it I’d be very grateful, I shot it today and it tack drives at 50m with my home cast reloads. Looking forward to taking it out a bit further, gut feeling is she’s going to be a pretty accurate rifle. The last pic shows the gun with another .32, my 1950 dated carbine.

 

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wow, i didnt think you were allowed to even look at Guns in England!  I joke!   Beautiful rifle!

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Here’s the rear sight it should have:  https://www.ebay.com/itm/234072692469?hash=item367fd1d6f5%3Ag%3Ao34AAOSwZlhg3hD6&nma=true&si=%252BT7hJv9ttCfTv0OdyYZM1DlJugg%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

I think they look clunky, & maybe the original owner thought likewise.  No one has ever been able to explain why the .32 needed a sight different from that on the .30WCF.

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Manuel said
wow, i didnt think you were allowed to even look at Guns in England!  I joke!   Beautiful rifle!  

Thanks man! I often wonder the path that my guns took from the factory to eventually ending up in my grubby hands all those years later…

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Great looking rifle.  I differ with Clarence’s opinion of the rear sight.  The rear sight on the rifle is from an earlier time period, as it has the serrations the sides of the ears, but the 32 W.S. sight he referred to had also been phased out by the time your rifle was made in 1920.  Also, Winchester may have grabbed a sight that had been passed by and installed it because it worked.  If it works, I wouldn’t change it.  It looks original to the gun and looks great.  RDB

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rogertherelic said
Great looking rifle.  I differ with Clarence’s opinion of the rear sight.  The rear sight on the rile is from an earlier time period, as it has the serrations the sides of the ears, but the 32 W.S. sight he referred to had also been phased out by the time your rifle was made in 1920.  Also, Winchester may have grabbed a sight that had been passed by and installed it because it worked.  If it works, I wouldn’t change it.  It looks original to the gun and looks great.  RDB  

Sorry about that!  Thought all the .32s had that strange rear sight.

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Welcome to WACA, nice model 94’s.  You’ll learn a lot here.

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It always fascinated Me to think that someone in Great Britain would think enough of a American sporting firearm to buy one , especially when there were so many fine British sporting firearms available. The availability of ammo and such back in the day had to be an issue for an off shore gun. It sure would be interesting to know the history of a gun like that. Nice piece Rob , congrats.

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clarence said

Sorry about that!  Thought all the .32s had that strange rear sight.  

Nope, they did not.  That stated, approximately 1/3 of them had the Special Smokeless sight.

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Rob,

S/N 901560 was manufactured in May, 1920.  The rear sight (a 26-series) is most likely original to the rifle.

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It always fascinated Me to think that someone in Great Britain would think enough of a American sporting firearm to buy one , especially when there were so many fine British sporting firearms available.

Many single shots & double rifles, but nothing comparable to American repeating rifles.  The British customer would have to think well of US guns to be willing to pay the heavy import duty imposed on them.

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Welcome back, Rob! Whose mould are you using? I like the 32 Spl so much I’ve picked up a few 32-40’s to keep my moulds busy. Seems I need to pour a few, soon!

 

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Manuel said
wow, i didnt think you were allowed to even look at Guns in England!  I joke!   Beautiful rifle!  

I agree, beautiful rifle. Can’t imagine the challenges of collecting in that environment but I know a couple on that side of the pond. One has a pretty cool 1873, IIRC. 

 

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Rob,

S/N 901560 was manufactured in May, 1920.  The rear sight (a 26-series) is most likely original to the rifle.

Bert  

Thanks Bert, appreciate the information.

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TXGunNut said
Welcome back, Rob! Whose mould are you using? I like the 32 Spl so much I’ve picked up a few 32-40’s to keep my moulds busy. Seems I need to pour a few,

TXGunNut said
Welcome back, Rob! Whose mould are you using? I like the 32 Spl so much I’ve picked up a few 32-40’s to keep my moulds busy. Seems I need to pour a few, soon!

 

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It’s a 170g RCBS gas check mold. Really consistent weights between bullets, nice mold to use!

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Welcome. Nice Winchesters! I have a couple 32 Spl myself. My first Winchester rifle was a Model 94 in 32 Spl made in 1951. That started the addiction. 

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