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Old Winchester is in the house...

Post by fortyshooter » Fri Sep 15, 2023 5:23 pm

Got the call from local Cabelas....40 mile trip..... that my 1892 was ready for pick up so off me and wife went on a road trip and beautiful day for it too. They had packed it very well in a hard rifle case but was surprised to see a lock on the lever. Seems Cabelas has an over the top safety rule where only the manager can remove the lock if you want to cycle the action and it has to be in a special room with two people present with gun barrel stuck in a bullet catch container. All I wanted to do was take a look at the barrel bore with my light!
Anyway the rifling looked okay but with some roughness or minor pitting....it's has 129 years of use you know!

Brought it home and headed out to my shooting shack for a bore clean...lube the action and to try it out for cycling and ejecting a round. Loading up the new HSM 44-40 rounds was very smooth and it chamber a round easily. However there was an issue where the extractor would not grip the case head to eject it. I checked out the extractor and found it was gummed up a bit and would not spring down on case head. A little spray and wipe with Ballistol loosend it up and now it ejects round perfectly. Firing pin still in one piece and seems to be okay.

Doesn't look bad for it's age and headed to the range tomorrow for a few shots!

Plan on sending off for the Winchester Letter for the rifle and wonder if there is any info on where it was shipped to for first sale.
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Re: Old Winchester is in the house...

Post by daytime dave » Fri Sep 15, 2023 7:03 pm

Wow Forty, what a wonderful piece of history. It's well worth a 90 dollar box of shells. I'm glad it checked out well too.

Yes, I almost bought a firearm from Bass Pro's / Cabelas. I passed on thier corporate "safety" procedures when all I wanted to do was look at a handgun one time. I haven't returned there. I'm glad it went well for you.

I'm looking forward to the range report and any YouTube video that might accompany the range session.
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Post by Headhog » Fri Sep 15, 2023 7:12 pm

Congratulations on a very nice addition. That is is piece of history and needs tender loving care. Shoot and enjoy that old gal. Winchester made some very fine firearms back in the day. I'm sure it will last another 129 years.

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Post by Ernie » Fri Sep 15, 2023 7:14 pm

Looks in pretty good shape for 100+ years old. I'm with Dave, that is quite a piece of history.
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Post by North Country Gal » Fri Sep 15, 2023 8:07 pm

And the 1892 is such a gem in any caliber. That's a real find.
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Post by fortyshooter » Fri Sep 15, 2023 8:30 pm

This rifle was among others from an estate that the family sold to a Cabelas in Conn. I was looking thru Guns International to see what was available in 1892's and happened to catch it and jumped on it. The price was about right for what I wanted to spend and was looking for a 44-40. Working with the sales guy there went real well and it was packed up nice and shipped out quick.
When I was cleaning the barrel with CLP and bronze brush I had the rifle upside down so any crud would fall out and not get into the action. The last owner kept it clean as not much crud or rust came out. Cleaned bore again with Brake Clean parts cleaner and then a wipe thru with Ballistol while wiping the complete rifle down. Hope it shoots straight but we will see!
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Post by RanchRoper » Fri Sep 15, 2023 8:34 pm

That's all the gun a cowboy would ever need. Nice.
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Re: Old Winchester is in the house...

Post by fortyshooter » Fri Sep 15, 2023 8:40 pm

Now you know where this is going to go.....sell one of my other 6 shooters for one in 44-40! It never ends! :lol:
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Post by RanchRoper » Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:32 pm

You want your pistol to match your saddle gun. Nice old-timey round too.

44-40 can be a little tricky to reload I'm told due the bottleneck case.
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Post by BrokenolMarine » Fri Sep 15, 2023 9:57 pm

Looks good. I have just decided not to add calibers I don't already load for. Saves the bank account in SO many ways. :lol:
Will look forward to the Range testing....
... Oh, and the matching Single Action when you find it. :twisted:
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