32 Winchester. . . not Special

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  1. edwardware

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    Had an acquaintance over last evening, with a recently inherited pre-war 32 Winchester Special Winchester '94. It was his father's (who never fired it) inherited from his grandfather, and must have been left in the only closet in the State that causes neither rust nor gumming. Other than a very dusty bore it was perfectly clean, and in remarkable shape for ~80 years old; just a hint of rust under the front handguard. I cleaned and oiled it, advised against any plans to hunt with it, and offered to adopt the cartridge as a reloader if he couldn't find ammo.

    He also had a baggie of ~20 cartridges his father had kept for it, labeled "for (grandfather's) gun". But behold, this is not 32 Win Spl:
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    I came up empty from my manuals and SAAMI, so off to the Interwebs. . .

    I learned that I a was looking at a handful of Rem-UMC headstamp .32 Winchester Self Loading cartridges, developed for Winchester's Model of 1905 semi-auto rifle. I had never seen or heard of either, but now I have five cartridges for my cartridge collection.

    He also had a nearly unfired (and as ugly a new!) Iver Johnson .22 8-shot revolver, and a really beautiful S&W 39-2. Someone had good taste!
     
  2. adcoch1

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    Those 1905 autoloader rifles are really cool in my opinion. Wish I had one to play with.
     
  3. Bazoo

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    Advised against hunting with it? Why? It's been neglected long enough.
     
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  4. NIGHTLORD40K

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    There were a whole range of WSL cartridges, including a .22 rimfire which is just slightly fatter than a Magnum case. I found a handful of live .22 WSLs left at the range long ago and carried them around in a baggy in my range bag for over a decade until I bumped into a guy who was shooting the matching rifle. He was incredulously appreciative and they all went bang just fine. :)
     
  5. Bazoo

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    That's looking out for your brother! Was it the same guy that lost them?
     
  6. The Bushmaster

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    Advised him not hunt with it? Why? I have a 72 year old M94 .30 WCF (.30-30) that still hunts.
     
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  7. Skylerbone

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    A friend at work inherited a ‘86 in an odd caliber along with several fun trinkets. Nothing that interested him so he’s chosen the auction route. Not a bad idea if there’s no serious sentimental attachment, as is the case here where my buddy’s grandfather had never been seen to carry the rifle.



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  8. Skylerbone

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    .33WCF



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  9. NIGHTLORD40K

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    No, lol. Different range in a different state.....
     
  10. CapnMac

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    .32wsl would go on to give birth to the .30carbine
     
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  11. Vern Humphrey

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    And a more grievous example of miscegenation never occurred.
     
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  12. Scooter22

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    Love that! Nice round that uses .338 bullets. I have a M71 .348 that uses the one of a kind .348 diameter bullet. Stupid Winchester. I'f they made it a .338 or .358 I'd bet it would still be a top lever action round. Canada and Alaskans still like it and it's wildcats.
     
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  13. PapaG

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    32WS was and is a great cartridge. Many old timers, including my dad, felt it out performed the 30-30. I saw dad roll a fox at 170 of his long paces with his 94 32. Wish I had it today. Used to load it for fun with a 170 grain gas checked bullet I cast from an old single cavity mould.
     
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