Winchester 1892

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  1. w1spurgeon

    w1spurgeon Member

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    I just saw a Winchester 1892 chambered for .32-20, yet all my books say the 1892 was not offered in that caliber. Has anyone else seen a '92 like this or maybe could it be a special order?
  2. Hawg

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    You need new books. 32-20(32 WCF) was a very popular caliber for the 92.
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    The 1892 ws chambered in 25-20, 32-20, 38-40, 44-40, and last but not least ( but rare ) the 218 Bee:) We think the 32-20 is too small and low power for any thing bigger than small game, but the old timers through it was the cats meow for deer, and for sure the deer didn't know any difference.
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    Many years back I was reading an article about "Is the 30 Carbine powerful enough for deer?" At one point the author said that, "We younger shooters might not think so, but to the older shooters a 30 Carbine is nothing but a rimless 32/20, and they've been killing deer with 32/20 for decades".
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    I don't think any books say that. You may not know that .32 WCF and .32-20 are one and the same.
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    I'll briefly expand on post #5.

    "WCF" equals Winchester Center-Fire. Cartridges developed by Winchester, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were usually named by Winchester with nominal bore diameter followed by "WCF" or "WRF" in the case of rim-fire priming. {e.g. .22 WRF which was lengthened to become the .22 WMR (Winchester Magnum Rimfire) in 1959. Today the .22 WMR is usually and simply called the .22 Magnum.}

    Other manufacturers often chambered arms in Winchester calibers, and/or made ammo for them. They usually marked their products generically with nominal bore size and the powder charge (usually but not always Black-Powder) that the cartridge normally was loaded with. {The .38-40 (.38 WCF) is a complete rule breaker. It should have been called the .40-38.}

    Hope this info is useful to those readers who are newer to firearms matters.
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  7. RJay

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    I'm pertty sure that the regular contributors know that the 32-20 is also known as the 32 WCF. There was once a " Rifle " load for the 32-20 which was a litter zippier than the pistol load. :). This load is no longer offered for obvious reason, too many people were blowing up their revolvers with the higher pressure load.
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  8. Jim K

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    Just a note that that fairly mild .32-20 "rifle load" didn't blow up good quality revolvers of Colt or S&W manufacture. But .32-20 was a common caliber in the cheap cast iron Spanish revolvers that flooded the U.S. market in the 1920's and 1930's and those guns sometimes blew up with standard loads, not to mention the "rifle" loads. Because users often blamed the ammunition rather than the gun, the ammunition makers preferred to take the higher velocity ammo off the market rather than try to educate shooters.

    Jim
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