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I’ve been searching the internet for the last date of manufacture for the 32 special before the shot show 2018 guns were produced.. Renneberg’s trilogy & final edition shows 1973, but I have one made in 1977(as per Winchester Company lookup data). Anyone advise on the discrepancy here? 
The WACA DOM app doesn’t go up this high in Ser numbers. 

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Help me out Steve! I’m talkin your fav here 32 special. 

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Help me out Steve! I’m talkin your fav here 32 special. 

  

Sorry. I’ve been having computer trouble. I haven’t paid much attention to the later 32 specials. 

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steve004 said

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Help me out Steve! I’m talkin your fav here 32 special. 

  

Sorry. I’ve been having computer trouble. I haven’t paid much attention to the later 32 specials. 

  

No worries Steve. Two references state 1973 was the end of production for 32 special but my gun, box, and Ser number are clearly 1977. 
Bert might know more when he see’s this post. I read on one of the past threads he replied late 70’s. 

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The 32 Win Spl was last catalogued in 1973, but there were undoubtedly a small number of them assembled using leftover barrels for at least a few years after.  The real question is why anyone would care?  If the serial number is anything > 2600011, it is not a collectable Model 94.

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The 32 Win Spl was last catalogued in 1973, but there were undoubtedly a small number of them assembled using leftover barrels for at least a few years after.  The real question is why anyone would care?  If the serial number is anything > 2600011, it is not a collectable Model 94.

  

Thank you Bert for responding. That makes sense now about the DOM.

Imo collectibles can be items that are worth far more than their original sale price. I don’t consider it collectable like my antique and other Winchesters but for me and some others, it’s still a collectable Winchester(unfired, original box & paperwork). I also like the fact it’s approaching 50yrs old and was manufactured 4yrs after it was no longer in the catalogs. One of the last standard produced 32 Win Spl. 

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RickC said Imo collectibles can be items that are worth far more than their original sale price.

That’s what’s happened to the repro Sporting Model 52s built in the ’90s, but now selling for over twice their original price; & how I repent not buying one then!  (What’s your excuse, Rick?)  Many still like new in the box, so buyers probably don’t intend to hunt with them; strictly collectibles, in other words.

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Another factor can enter in on that carbine. It’s a 32 Special, and they are just not as collectible as a 30-30. I have 3 prewar 32’s and just gave a friend my 5 boxes of ammo. I have all the calibers of the M1894 and M94 series and have very little use for a 32 Special. They are at the bottom of the feeding bin. Sorry, I don’t have any post 1964 carbines to make a correct assumption. I do have a minty, unfired, 1963 vintage carbine, that I bought just for the short forearm. It is a 30-30 and I stole it for $750. I doubt it is worth much more now.

Sorry for the rant, but I am not a student of the 32 Special.    Big Larry

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RickC said Imo collectibles can be items that are worth far more than their original sale price.

That’s what’s happened to the repro Sporting Model 52s built in the ’90s, but now selling for over twice their original price;

  

Yes I agree with that Clarence! Good investment if you bought them new in the 90’s. My crystal ball was fogged up back then!

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Another factor can enter in on that carbine. It’s a 32 Special, and they are just not as collectible as a 30-30. I have 3 prewar 32’s and just gave a friend my 5 boxes of ammo. I have all the calibers of the M1894 and M94 series and have very little use for a 32 Special. They are at the bottom of the feeding bin. Sorry, I don’t have any post 1964 carbines to make a correct assumption. I do have a minty, unfired, 1963 vintage carbine, that I bought just for the short forearm. It is a 30-30 and I stole it for $750. I doubt it is worth much more now.

Sorry for the rant, but I am not a student of the 32 Special.    Big Larry

  

Big Larry I certainly don’t dispute they’re not as collectable but, different strokes for different folks. I’m a 32 fan and always have been. I’m not alone and like me, others have a soft spot for them also. It was the caliber of my first hunting rifle and what fuelled my Winchester passion. Not my first choice as a 94 collector but definitely an option!

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Another factor can enter in on that carbine. It’s a 32 Special, and they are just not as collectible as a 30-30. I have 3 prewar 32’s and just gave a friend my 5 boxes of ammo. I have all the calibers of the M1894 and M94 series and have very little use for a 32 Special. They are at the bottom of the feeding bin. Sorry, I don’t have any post 1964 carbines to make a correct assumption. I do have a minty, unfired, 1963 vintage carbine, that I bought just for the short forearm. It is a 30-30 and I stole it for $750. I doubt it is worth much more now.

Sorry for the rant, but I am not a student of the 32 Special.    Big Larry

  

Big Larry I certainly don’t dispute they’re not as collectable but, different strokes for different folks. I’m a 32 fan and always have been. I’m not alone and like me, others have a soft spot for them also. It was the caliber of my first hunting rifle and what fuelled my Winchester passion. Not my first choice as a 94 collector but definitely an option!

  

I respect that. It’s just I have collected Winchesters since the 60’s and found that the 32 Specials have few followers and generally, go for much less $$$ than the other calibers. My first hunting rifle was a SRC in 30-30. Still, my favorite M1894 is a 1927 vintage SRC in 38-55. Here’s a pic. Big Larry

 

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Wowsers that’s a dandy Big Larry. Beautiful condition SRC. 

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Wowsers that’s a dandy Big Larry. Beautiful condition SRC. 

  

Here’s a couple more. Big Larry

 

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Good illustration of how much stock color can vary.  There’s no “one” correct shade.

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Good illustration of how much stock color can vary.  There’s no “one” correct shade.

  

Each piece of wood takes the stain differently.  Even from one end of a board to the other end.  Then add the environment each gun has seen over many years.

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clarence said

Big Larry said

Here’s a couple more. Big LarryM94-carbines.JPGImage Enlarger

  

Good illustration of how much stock color can vary.  There’s no “one” correct shade.

  

Each piece of wood takes the stain differently.  Even from one end of a board to the other end.  Then add the environment each gun has seen over many years.

  

Another thing, I think maybe a couple of these stocks are Gumwood. I am no wood expert, but I have a few 22’s with Gumwood stocks, and they have no color. Still, I cannot tell the difference. This M1906 has a Gumwood stock.   Big Larry                                                  Stainless-M1906.jpgImage Enlarger

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