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  • Winchester 1892 restoration

    Just thought I would show my 38WCF 92 off.

    I bought a Winchester 1892 (1903). The stock and forearm where in average condition I guess you might say considering 110 years!

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    The action is nice and tight yet slick; not sticky in anyway. with the exception of one screw there rest seem to indicate limited tinkering. The bore is very good, except the 1". Rifling is very clear and then almost invisible, I am guessing that this is due to overzealous cleaning from the muzzle?

    Anyway restoration has begun, I have taken the stock forearm, and sights off the rifle. I have restored the forearm and stock. I sanded it and apply several coats of tru-oil.

    I thought about re bluing the rifle and decided to leave it. As so little of the original blue was left, I decided to polished the metal work up with 00 followed by 0000 steel wool and oil, I was very happy with how it came up.

    As for the stock and forearm, I prefer the natural color of the stock as it is after refinish (though I am not sure if I should have left it alone), there are some minor run marks so I will rub them off and give it a final coat.

    All in all I wouldn't go as far to say I have ruined it, surely the woodwork is closer to original!

    As yet I have not shot the rifle ( I have the dies, brass and projectiles so I am ready to load up some ammo) so I can't be sure it will be terribly inaccurate, but my gut instinct says it will be.

    As I see it if it can't shoot minute of pig, then I have three options:

    1) Cut the last inch of the barrel a recrown.
    2) Fit a new barrel liner and leave the barrel as is (externally of course).
    3) counter bore down an inch in to the barrel.
    4) Have a new barrel fitted and retain the original.

    I am not keen on option 1 as the original rifle will be altered!
    As will 3 but only internally, but its going to cost a far bit here in AUS.
    4 Will probably cost me as much as the rifle gunsmithing is not cheap at tall in AUS.

    I have purchased a Marbles tang sight and Lyman globe sight which I will fit, I can't shoot at all well open sight.

    I know I should shoot it before asking,
    but opinions on the barrel?

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    Why not cut the barrel down to the 16" trapper length? It'll clean up the crown and still appear fairly original. All you'll need to do is recut the front sight dovetail.
    Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris does.

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      I have done a few 1892 32/20 restos.

      Dads, was an octoagonal/hexagonal barrel, and the crown was cactus. Wouldnt hit a service target at 50yds. Some careful work with a hacksaw, and draw filing replicated the original crown, and some rough rust bluing and "manufactured" dings, make it look authentic. it then shot into the 10 ring of a service target at 50 m.

      The other was for the father in law. It was in parts, and was his grand fathers. It was found dissasembled after his death. parts were missing. Eventually I located all the missing parts (replacememts), and got it cleaned up. the barrel was cactus. At 15 yds all rounds hit a service target just, with about 50% tumbling. It is what it is!

      Great guns, in a fun calibre.

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    I hope the old girl shoots for you, and she can stay intact. A second barrel for hunting or comps would be nice, if use justified the cost.

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      Liners are an option, I had one fitted to my 38/40 (1896) and it now shoots minute of mouse!

      I'm presently importing them from TJ's monthly! PM if your interested in Decembers order!

      Hold still varmint, whilst I plugs ya!

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      • #5
        hi try the barrel before you do any thing .
        slug the barrel to get its bore size then get some cast projectiles at least 1 thou over bore size and try it

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          Well I finally took the old girl out to the range this morning, and for 110 she seems to be doing okay. Here are a couple of photos:

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          This was 10 shots and I'm sure if I had done my part it may have been a 10 shot hole.

          100 Yards

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          I can't really call this 5 shots a group, but I am hopeful with the right load I can get this rifle shooting 2-2 1/2" groups at 100 yards!

          The load is federal large pistol primers, 180 grain RNFP 16 BHN cast bullets and 6 grains of trailboss.

          At a 100 yards I think a little more velocity is needed so I will try AR2005 load, 17 grains and work it up!

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            Well I finally took the old girl out to the range this morning, and for 110 she seems to be doing okay. Here are a couple of photos:

            50 Yards



            This was 10 shots and I'm sure if I had done my part it may have been a 10 shot hole.

            100 Yards



            I can't really call this 5 shots a group, but I am hopeful with the right load I can get this rifle shooting 2-2 1/2" groups at 100 yards!

            The load is federal large pistol primers, 180 grain RNFP 16 BHN cast bullets and 6 grains of trailboss.

            At a 100 yards I think a little more velocity is needed so I will try AR2005 load, 17 grains and work it up!
            That's not bad for an old girl!!!
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