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Old 07-12-2018, 07:47 AM
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I found another golden oldie, it's been over 20 years since I had my last Winchester 1892, and I found one recently, and got it home last night. This one is early on, made in 1894 in .32-20. It's got a few bumps but it's all character. I thought the rifling was pitted but it turns out it had a lot of leading from over the years. I was able to get most of it out last night after about 45 minutes, I will try and get the rest because unlike some I have seen the grooves are very crisp and haven't been worn down from use. I hope to get it to the range some time next week.



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Old 07-12-2018, 07:51 AM
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David—get one of the foaming bore cleaners, fill that barrel, then let it sit 24 hours. The first time I did that with Wipe-Out on an old rifle I was amazed.
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Nice. Is that Nickel or Stainless Steel?
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Nice. Is that Nickel or Stainless Steel?
Neither - just worn off bluing. Don't think they had Stainless back in 1894.
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I've had a strong feeling towards the 32-20 cartridge ever since I had a winchester low wall in the same caliber. Unfortunately someone started waving hundred dollar bills at me and sold it for more than I paid for it. I have a BSA model 12/15 in 22rf that will be going out to be relined. Have a cadet martini trigger group so conversion from rf to cf is a snap. Every thing else like the stocks, sights will stay the same. This martini has a heavier barrel than the cadet martini so accuracy should be great. Frank
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I've had a strong feeling towards the 32-20 cartridge ever since I had a winchester low wall in the same caliber. Unfortunately someone started waving hundred dollar bills at me and sold it for more than I paid for it. I have a BSA model 12/15 in 22rf that will be going out to be relined. Have a cadet martini trigger group so conversion from rf to cf is a snap. Every thing else like the stocks, sights will stay the same. This martini has a heavier barrel than the cadet martini so accuracy should be great. Frank
I have the 1885 Low Wall too. This one was made in 1889 and is in .32-20.

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Very nice oldie leaver.
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Nice Oldie with a lot of character. Congratulations!
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I once had a Winchester 1873 rifle (not carbine) in .32-20. Externally not great but OK, fair wood, and everything worked, however the bore was heavily rusted. I considered having the barrel bored and sleeved, as there was a gunsmith in a nearby town which did such work. But (this being back in the early 1980s) it would have cost me about $150 for him to do that. I didn't pay much more than that for the gun, so I just sold it for about what I had in it. Another one of my numerous gun blunders.
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David, actually have a low wall in 25-20 singleshot. Bore went south long before I ever got it. While rummaging through my parts stash for something else found the freezer baggie (love them and usually write on them whats inside. That one was origionally going out to get relined but still missing some parts. Like firing pin and needs a new link. Wood is in nice shape as in no scratches or dents. Found the front sight but no joy for the rear barrel mounted sight. I do have a BSA cadet martini acyion and wood and got a replacement barrel which was rechambered for 32-20. Unfortunately .311 bullets don't do well in an 8mm bore. Frank
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