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This is a discussion on Winchester 1873 32wcf worth saving? within the Lever Action forums, part of the Gun Forum category; My dad has my great uncles 1892 in 32-20. It's a fun little round and companion To a pistol in same caliber. 32-20 has enough ...


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Old June 19th, 2016, 01:42 PM   #16
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My dad has my great uncles 1892 in 32-20. It's a fun little round and companion To a pistol in same caliber. 32-20 has enough juice for deer at close range and it's paper stats belie it's real world performance on humans.

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Old June 19th, 2016, 11:19 PM   #17
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No cover or the screw for this rifle. Also rifle turned out to be 38WCF 38-40. I have one fired case for the 32-20, 38-40, and 44-40. Just curious to see what a 38-40 round looks like so I put a 180 plated bullet. Really thinking more of getting it. Next time in is Tues

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Old July 22nd, 2016, 01:02 AM   #18
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I finally got it today.
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 09:05 AM   #19
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Not really sure how I missed this thread. I have put together several 73's out of parts guns over the years. I know your excited about this project, But if you ever get tired of it, let me know. Otherwise, good luck on your new project. Please keep this thread going with more pictures and updates.

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Old October 24th, 2016, 02:34 AM   #20
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Rifle is on the back burner for now. Going very slow. I have the rifle soaking. Screws were buggered from previous owner(s) Screw for the side plate snapped off. On the inside was 120+ years of dirt, powder fowling, rust ,dried oil. Really caked. Have some parts off and still soaking. Some parts cleaned and oiled in another container. Bolt still in plus fore end, band, and mag tube. No pics on those yet.
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Old October 24th, 2016, 04:27 PM   #21
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Pics of receiver,cleaned parts and soaking parts. Cleaned parts came out pretty nice. Screws are SOFT so no wonder they were buggered. Been using 0000 steel wool, BP blaster penetrating oil. I had some LSA and surprisingly that worked pretty good but out of that. Red Liquid is ATF
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Old October 24th, 2016, 05:42 PM   #22
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Thats a wonderful fireplace mantle rifle ,got the look

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Old October 24th, 2016, 06:01 PM   #23
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That's what I have done with mine: hung it over the door in the shop. Someone welded together a couple of old horseshoes, and I got some leather and stitched up a covering, so they make nice decorative hooks. I think mine is an '84 or '87 production, if I recall. Mostly petina. I might shoot it someday.

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Old October 24th, 2016, 06:53 PM   #24
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If you really want the rust off, soaking in vinegar will remove everything that is not metal. A good hot tank re-blue afterwards on the treated metal would look pretty good - all the age would show, but the finish would be, well, blued.

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Old October 24th, 2016, 07:13 PM   #25
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When a rifle is that far neglected a restoration would not be feasible.
If you can restore function to shoot cowboy loads ,great .Find a matching buttstock and leave the patina it will be far more valuable and have the cool cowboy look for display.

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Old October 25th, 2016, 02:19 AM   #26
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Thanks. That is my thought. Anyways I will be going slow when I have the time to work on it.

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Old October 29th, 2016, 06:37 AM   #27
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Many old Winchesters are Re Lined bringing back the Bore to like new but lowering the Collectors value. Redman's gunshop used to specialize in this type of work. Don't know if they're still in Business...................Lew

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