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I haven't been here to long and already you all have caused a new addiction. I'm hooked on old Marlins!! I got the 1893, .38-55 last year and fell in love with it. The I picked up a Savage 99 take down in .303. Been lusting for a Savage since the late 60's.
So I'm coming home from the golf course and I decide to stop at a pawn shop I haven't visited in a while. They usually don't have much of interest but I was going by anyhow. Not much in the rack but I see and old lever gun. I ask "What's the old Winchester??" He said it was a Marlin .32-20. 1894 I ask, and he says it's an 1892. That sounds a little weird 'cause I didn't think Marlin made an 1892 in .32-20. I was sweating things a little bit in 'cause my initial research found an 1892 Marlin in .32 rimfire, but the serial number dated it at 1890. Unfortunately, the gun had been re-blued and most of the lettering was buffed off. All I could see was a 32 on top of the barrel. For 500 bucks I took a chance. Of course it's an 1889, and I had some .32-20 at home, and it feeds and chambers nicely. I'm in the process of scrubbing the bore with Kroil and I'll have to see how it shoots. The bore looks a little rough, so I wouldn't be surprised if I need a re-line.



Now, the quest is on for a .38-40!!
 

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Wow... this must be the month for new old gun finds. Very nice!
 

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Nice Al!! I think ya got a winner there, with a fun caliber too!:congrats:
 

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Big Al1 - I'm at that stage in my life that I would rather say, "I can't believe I bought this thing", than later say, "I sure wish I had of bought that rifle". Some people say money can't buy you happiness, but I find it can make your discomfort more tolerable.
Still on the lookout for a long, octagon barrel 32-40, not because I need it, just because I want one. Shenandoah
 

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For those of us that are still chasing JM stamped Marlins, I can appreciate Big Al1's sentiments. There are those of us that have also reached that stage in life and when a JM stamped Marlin comes along in the "right" conditon for the price, we pounce. I don't know if/when the JM stampled Marlins will be absorbed by various collectors and shooters, but when opportunity arrives, we have to be ready with $Ca$h$.

I hope to get some range time this week to try out some of the booty.


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Very nice. I do have a couple that I still wonder why I bought them, but that one you got there would not be on my list.
When I wonder why I bought a certain few, I just take them out of the gun safe caress each one and then I know exactly why.
 

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That is a handsome old rifle! Definitely worth cleaning up and even relining! Congrats on that find! Definitely give us a range report when you git it out to shoot!
 

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Hey Big AL,

Fine looking 32-20!

See how it shoots, before the re line job. (sometimes "crappy" bores shoot surprisingly well)

Later, Mark
Hopefully, I've got some ammo on the way, found an online source. I had about twenty rounds in my stash, but I found them in an abandoned cabin about forty years ago, so I don't know if they will even fire, or if I should try to shoot them. Who knows how long they were there before I found them??!! Other wise, my BIL in Wisconsin has ammo, and it's easier to find up there, not much call for it.
 

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Seems like that bolt in the stock is part of the history of some of these fine rifles. This is my 1893 .32-40 made in 1906.
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Nice rifle ! should be a joy to learn how to load for it and what it will do.
Have no regrets buying anything of quality value years ago. I have had the enjoyment of that article and as the body wears out I will be able to sell it and enjoy the profit of the investment.
The major thing with a nice old rifle is not to abuse it . Always remember when it was made and the power factor it was made for. That is why the statement "get a bigger gun" existed. It the caliber .32 would not do get the caliber .38 or the .45 out to get the job done right.
 

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Hey, I'm not a guy, but I've done my share of enabling on this forum. Guilty as charged. :)

Speaking of 32-20s, I finally found one, yesterday, at a pawn shop, too, though mine is the 1894 Classic model made 1989 though 1984. Can't wait to get out and shoot it and let the fun begin. Be looking for a 25-20, next. It never ends.

 

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Shenandoah,

This may sound like MO heresy, but in truth unless we use them to put meat on the table or defend our home, do we really NEED our guns:questionmark:
Thankfully WANTING is a plenty good enough reason for me! :biggrin:

John
 
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Congrats what a beaut.
 

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Hey, I'm not a guy, but I've done my share of enabling on this forum. Guilty as charged. :)

Speaking of 32-20s, I finally found one, yesterday, at a pawn shop, too, though mine is the 1894 Classic model made 1989 though 1984. Can't wait to get out and shoot it and let the fun begin. Be looking for a 25-20, next. It never ends.

Go for it girl!
 

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good lookin' rifle
 
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