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Where to get 38-40 ammo for Model 1892
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I have a Model 1892 lever-action and looking for the right ammo. 38 WCF stamped on barrel and research indicates 38-40. Is that all that will work, and where can I get it?

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Hello Mark,

“38 W.C.F.” was the original designation for what is now referred to as “38-40”, and Yes, that is the only ammo that you can shoot in your Model 1892,

All ammo is hard to find these days. I suggest that you search the internet for it.


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The brass, primers, powder and loading dies are hard to find right now.  Bullets are not a problem.  Like Bert said keep looking on the internet and good luck.

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I often go to:


This is a site that does a search of the inventories of a very large number of suppliers (e.g. Midway, Natchez, etc., etc.,).  It will show anything that any of these suppliers actually have in stock.  You can look up any rifle, handgun, rimfire, shot shell, etc. that you can think of.  I will say that a lot of my searches turn up nothing.  I just ran a search on .38-40’s and no one has any.  You can usually find something on gunbroker but you will not find a bargain.  For .38-40 these day, it’s common to have to pay $2 a round.  I load for .38-40 (as I do for most anything I shoot).  Bullets are not hard to find and you can get many firings from the brass.  I will say the .38-40 is not my favorite cartridge to load.

Best of luck.

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Mark, I have a box of 38-40 I would sell. Text Me at 207-522-0939 if interested.


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