.32 HPS?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by DanC_1968, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. DanC_1968

    DanC_1968 New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Hi. I already posted this in 2 other rooms, but here goes...

    I'm considering buying a Marlin 1893 rifle chambered for .32 HPS. What cartridge is this? Is it another name for something else(.32 Winchester Special, .32-20)? I can't even find this cartridge listed in my "Cartridges of the World" index.
  2. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Dan, I've done no research, recently, on your question, but will offer this.
    Marlin, in the models 1891,1893,and maybe others, chambered what were current pistol calibers, in their rifles, many of which had a reversible firing pin, and bolt design, to accomodate it, allowing the use of either rimfire, or centerfire, cartridges, in a single caliber/case dimension. My JJ Donelly 'Handloaders Manual for Cartridge Conversions' makes no reference to such a round, implying obscure, or semi custom use of such a caliber,yet I have handled such a rifle, a '91 , chambered for .32 Long, with the rimfire/Centerfire reversible firing pin, though I do not recall such markings, on that rifle.
    Hope this is of some help.

  3. DanC_1968

    DanC_1968 New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    Thanks for your reply. I found out today(from an avid gun collector) that Marlin stamped .32 HPS on their barrels for a short time because they didn't want to stamp "Winchester" on them. But it is, in fact, .32 Win Spl. A Marlin book said it stood for "High Powered Special".