Got me a new old rifle - Winchester 94 32 W.S.
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    Tinhorn
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    Got me a new old rifle - Winchester 94 32 W.S.

    This time of the year is great because all the old hunting guns start filtering into the local gunshops in hopes of being moved before the season starts.

    Happened upon a reasonably clean Win. Model 1894 on consignment. Williams side-saddle scope mount and an old 2.5x Bushnell Banner tilted 90' to the left so the turrets cleared the ejection port.
    Decently clean, definitely a woods rifle. Looked great from a distance, up close you could see bluing was getting thin in some places, a few scratches on the receiver. Wood looks in good shape not beat up, kind of a reddish tint (refinished maybe?). Somebody replaced the buttplate with a "White Line" recoil pad, fortunately they did not cut down the stock. Bore looked decent. Still had the front sight hood. A look under the lever told me it was a Pre-64.

    On the side of the barrel it said:

    "MADE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S. OF AMERICA, WINCHESTER PROOF STEEL - WINCHESTER TRADEMARK - MODEL 94 - 32 W.S."

    Now there is something I didn't have... Already have a 336 in 30-30 and 35 remington...
    But the price was more than I wanted to pay.

    Here is where good customer service comes into play. One of the sales associates pops around the counter and asked if I was interested. Told him my feelings on the price. He immediately called the guy, and told me to make him an offer.
    SOLD.
    Now to be honest I have no idea what these typically go for, just knew what I willing to pay for it. I wanted a shooter not a collector.

    Get it home and wiped it down with a little steel wool/oil on the universal rust around the sights. De-cant the mag tube relative to the barrel (probably from being dropped at some point in its life). Clean some gunk out of the action.
    Turns out the serial number puts it in the '43-'48 range. Now that's pretty cool. Good shape for the age.

    But what made me the most happy was looking down the bore after a couple patches which didn't show much except dust. It is MINT. The machining marks from the broach cutting are still visible, and everything is bright and shiny. The rifle looks like it has more years than rounds through it. The bolt face also supports that as well.

    So whoever owned it may have been the least successful deer hunter in the state and hardly shot anything, but it sure made my day.
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    Congratulations.
    The 32 Special is an old time favorite of mine
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    Congrats. I’m always on the lookout for a 32 special to go with my 1951 Winchester 30-30. Pics of your rifle sure would be nice.
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    I too have a 32 WS on conjugal visits 1947 according to serial# and barrel stamp.They are a nice
    caliber to shoot,JMOO

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    Pardon the poor lighting, you really can't see any of the defects but they are there.
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    Very nice. That’s called character not defects.
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    Nice catch!
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    Very nice . Looks like you have what’s called a flatband. The front barrel band is flat rather than crowned and it is more appealing.
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    Yep, now I just need to find the metal buttplate and screws for it.
    Fortunately the stock wasn't cut, so the contour is still intact.

    Unfortunately the buttplate my gunsmith had was too narrow, and there was at least 1mm of wood exposed on all sides which would definitely get scuffed.
    Last edited by Spring1898; 10-11-2019 at 11:04 PM.
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    Nice buy. There are a lot of low round count hunting rifles. Many have been passed up through generations. Things were different in the old days. If a guy deer hunted he might shoot a few to check sights and how ever many rnds it took him to get his deer and that was it.
    Back in the closet until next season. These rifles were owned by hunters and not shooters. Today there are more of these rifles making it into the market. Heirs that don't hunt are selling these guns. The rifle has no more value to them than a chainsaw. In fact the rifle may have been just a tool to the owner. No particular sentimental value put on it. That's hard for guys that put value on their family heirlooms to understand but it's fact.
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