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Hi Folks,
I've tried this question in a couple other groups, and haven't yet got an answer that convinces me. I've got an excellent condition 1889 from 1893 in 32wcf, brand new looking bore. I haven't dared to shoot it yet, cause all I have is new factory ammo in 32-20, Ultramax cowboy at about 100fps and Win Super X at over 1200fps. I've been told everything from "black powder only!" to "Ulramax is fine" to Any modern factory ammo is weak and OK for anything". I really don't want to wreak this rifle, and I'm not quite yet set up to reload this.
Any real life experience with this?
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The factory ammo is down loaded for old guns like the Colts and marlins, Winchester 1873s, the old high speed ammo aimed at the Win 1892 was in the 1700-1800fps and hasn't been made in many yrs.
 

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I think the only ammo offered by Winchester in the last few years is white box with the 115 lead bullet , and while loaded down it is safe, but is not accurate in any rifle or handgun myself or acquaintances have tried
 

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The one thing I would avoid is jacketed bullets. As long as the ammo is cast lead, odds are it's down loaded enough to be fine in your vintage Marlin. Jacketed bullets will do more harm, and should be avoided in these soft steel barrels.
 
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