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Buddy of mine brought over a lever gun he inherited from his Dad. A Win 94 in .32 W.S. serial number 13492XX.
Cool old gun, nice walnut and blue and in pretty good condition. We plan on cleaning it this week and eventually taking it out to shoot.
Ammo hard to find?
 

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Dan I really wish you would get in touch with me , so I could get you into reloading. This would solve a lot of your problems. Plus I have quite a collection you might like to see. :)
 

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Funny you should say that cpierce! i'll happily take you up on the offer. has gtivan contacted you yet re: a get-together? That's the plan.
 

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Funny you should say that cpierce! i'll happily take you up on the offer. has gtivan contacted you yet re: a get-together? That's the plan.
Yes he has alluded to it, but no firm time our date. :)
 

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I have it's slightly older brother, also in .32 Winchester Special. Good ol' deer slayer. I've taken a couple with this one. I took it out and verified the sights last fall but didn't end up hunting with it.

Ammo isn't too much of a chore to find. I do hand load for mine.




Minor trivia about the old argument about the .32 Special being more potent than the .30-30.

I once chronographed 10 rounds of fresh WW 170 grain .30-30 and 10 rounds of fresh WW 170 grain .32 Special side by side. Both loads were fired from pre war Winchester rifles, each one having a sparkling clean and bright 20-inch barrel.

Average velocity for each?

.30-30 2104 fps, .32 Special 2114 fps
 

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Bryan,

I can remember as a kid in camp hearing all the stories about how good a gun the .32 WS was... if you wanted a Bear Gun get a .32.... to a man, all these old guys would look down their noses at a .30-30 being a "woman's gun".

You can imagine my confusion when later in life I became familair with ammo catalogs and ballistics tables only to learn that there isn't on whit's worth of difference between the two rounds.

Dan if you cna't score any .32 WS, drop me a line..... I knwo where there's a cache of fresh 170 grn factory stuff.

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Ha!
Drew, am preparing you a package today to be shipped beginning of the week. Watch your mailbox so the bears don't get there first.
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I tried to start a thread on Winchester 94's awhile back. Didn't meet with much sucess, either. Apparently, the Marlin folks made it over here!!! I've owned both, but I prefer the Winchester 94. It was a favorite of mine......forever, since I was a kid, looking at them at the Sears,Roebuck store back in the '50's. There are better rifles....but it's all that I need!!!! :ymapplause: :D Bob
 

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Winchester M70 Left Hand 30-06 & M94 30-30.
Don’t do the deer hunting thing of late. We opened our property and adjoining neighbor’s property for deer hunting this year. I believe the limit is (5) per season several nice bucks were taken along with does. The deal was you can take a buck but we want the doe taken out also.
 

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Dennis, Those 2 rifles would handle anything that walks in the lower 48. I admire both of your choices, except the LH part!!!! :lol: I like the older Winchesters, but I had a 94 before the prices went crazy.
I couldn't .....or, at least wouldn't, pay for them at today's prices ! :-o Bob
 

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The '94 in .32 WS was my first center-fire rifle. Mom bought it for me at a pawn shop in Mountain Home, Idaho. Still have it. Imagine that, 48 years! Looked like crap when she bought and it still looks like death warmed over. Doesn't matter, though. I can still drill a gnat's butt at 100 yards with it. That's all that counts.
 

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dennis40xnc said:

Winchester M70 Left Hand 30-06 & M94 30-30.
Don’t do the deer hunting thing of late. We opened our property and adjoining neighbor’s property for deer hunting this year. I believe the limit is (5) per season several nice bucks were taken along with does. The deal was you can take a buck but we want the doe taken out also.
Dennis, Don't let them pick on you cause your in your right mind, I shoot left too. Mines a Rem. 700DXLH in 06, and I've still got my first rifle a Rem. 581LH in .22lr.

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I have it's slightly older brother, also in .32 Winchester Special. Good ol' deer slayer. I've taken a couple with this one. I took it out and verified the sights last fall but didn't end up hunting with it.

Ammo isn't too much of a chore to find. I do hand load for mine.




Minor trivia about the old argument about the .32 Special being more potent than the .30-30.

I once chronographed 10 rounds of fresh WW 170 grain .30-30 and 10 rounds of fresh WW 170 grain .32 Special side by side. Both loads were fired from pre war Winchester rifles, each one having a sparkling clean and bright 20-inch barrel.

Average velocity for each?

.30-30 2104 fps, .32 Special 2114 fps
I don't know if velocity means anything about potentcy but, bullet size does(the bigger the better).
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I actually knew a dopey fellow who accidentally loaded up his .32 Special '94 with .30-30 ammo one deer season. He didn't figure out his goof until his hunting partner picked up the empty casing and looked at the headstamp. He actually shot a deer with it and didn't know the difference!

I guess it was relatively close range and the bullet just wobbled its way to the vital area. :|

Don't try that at home, folks!

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I always assumed you could fire form Win. .32 brass by firing 30/30s in the .32 chamber but, have never seen this in print, anywhere? Don't know that I've ever seen an actual .32 case. Always thought they were made on 30/30 necked up to .32 caliber?
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S.B.

I'm pretty sure you're correct about making .32 Sp. from .30-30 Brass - just run the .30-30 case into the .32 Sp. sizing die and the expander will make it a .32 Special.

xtm
 
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