.32 special up-keep


November 8, 2009, 09:11 PM
I have a 1940's (can’t remember the exact year) Winchester .32 and I was wondering what I need to do to keep it in working order, with a beautiful stock for many years to come. Any advice would be appreciated thanks.

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November 8, 2009, 09:49 PM
get a cleaning kit, ammo, and an instruction manual if you don't know how to disassemble it. then proceed to shoot it and clean it. that's about it.:D


November 9, 2009, 07:43 AM
Keep the bore clean. In my experience, the slower twist tends to react more quickly to gunk build-up, with resulting loss in accuracy.

November 9, 2009, 07:56 AM
I shot my first deer with a Model 64 in 32 Win Special. I still have it and shot it a few times this summer. I drag a slightly oiled patch through all of my rifles occasionally, make sure the action isn't too dry and put them back in their places in the safes.

Grey Morel
November 9, 2009, 09:40 AM
Just clean it after you shoot it, and oil it occasionally even if you don't.

many people pick a specific day every few months to take the time and inspect and oil all their guns. Just before or after Major holidays works well. For example I inspect and oil my guns every Christmas and the 4'th of July, regardless if they have been fired or not.

November 9, 2009, 10:49 AM
HI Bolt
Do you handload, or want to handload for this rifle? The .32 special has gotten a reputation for deteriating accuracy, but the 14th Speer reloading explains why. For whatever reason, the manufacturers marketed ammunition with slightly undersized bullets. Supposedly 0.318" bullets, when most .32 bores are actually 0.321-0.322". This may just be a cost saving strategy for making bullets for the old 8mm at 0.318". Well, as soon as a new .32 special was shot just more than a few times, the rifling worn down to the point of not gripping the bullets anymore.

You can slug your barrel to find out just how big your bore is, then buy the appropriate sized bullets to fit your gun. You might find out you have a tack driver after doing this.

November 9, 2009, 12:55 PM
170gr Hornady flat points shoot very well in my M94 32 Special, which came to life in the 1920s. Other than factory ammo years ago, that's the only bullet I've ever fired in the old rascal. They are .321s.

November 9, 2009, 01:10 PM
No special requirements for upkeep. If you oil it heavily store it muzzle down to keep oil from soaking into the wrist. Shopping for these guns I find a lot of great guns that were overoiled and stood up on the butt. It's a shame.

My 53' 94 in 32special likes the cheap Winchester silvertips.

November 9, 2009, 05:31 PM
There is a special requirement with any Winchester lever-action.

You need to use a bore guide to keep cleaning rod wear from ruining the muzzle. You can't clean them from the rear.

I collect old Winchesters, and it is very common to find them with all the rifling worn out of the muzzle from cleaning rod wear over a hundred years of cleaning. The newer ones with harder nickle-steel barrels are much less prone to wear, but still it is worth considering.

Once that happens, they will not shoot worth sour apples. and there is nothing you can do about it.

I try to keep cleaning rod use to a minimum and use a bore-snake whenever possible.

I reserve cleaning rods for removing copper fouling and such that bore-snakes can't handle.


November 9, 2009, 06:33 PM
My son loves shooting his Great Grand Dad's 32 win. I shot one deer with it... I learned something from rcmodel, thank you.


November 10, 2009, 11:56 AM
I was wondering also what type of wax or varnish i should use on the wood
Any suggestions would be helpful

November 10, 2009, 02:34 PM
Lemon Oil Furnature Polish.

Just wipe it down to get all the old oil & grime off, then a light wipe-down occasionally.

Don't soak it with Lemon Oil.


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