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Old February 11, 2007, 12:59 PM   #1
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Old Winchester

Our local shop has an original Winchester Model 1892 for sale. The condition of the gun is great. The action is tight and the bore looks pristine. I looked up his price in my Blue Book and it is very fair.

The rifle is chambered for the .25-20.

If I buy it, it will be my first real "investment" gun.

I have a question about this firearm. If I buy it, would shooting it diminish its value in any way? Or are these old rifles best left in a safe?

I would appreciate any and all information you can give me about this gun.
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Old February 11, 2007, 01:41 PM   #2
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Winchester 1892 is a strong sound rifle of Browning design. I shoot my .44-40 routinely at SASS. Unless it is just absolutely pristine and worth big bucks as a showpiece, you will not hurt its value by shooting it.
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Old February 11, 2007, 03:49 PM   #3
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I think the 25-20 is a neat old caliber it would work good on the Jackrabbits besides great fun. Cool gun like that will usually makes conservation with other hunters evertime you run into some.
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Old February 16, 2007, 08:25 PM   #4
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Added Confusion

I went back to the gunshop today. The 1892 is still there, but now there is an 1894 in .25-35 too. The condition and price of the rifles are similar. Which would you buy?
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Old February 16, 2007, 08:59 PM   #5
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Me?
Neither one. I don't buy guns for investment or (any more) for Cool Factor.
There is nothing I want to shoot at that calls for a .25-xx lever action.
Sorry I could not be more help spending your money.
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Old February 16, 2007, 09:04 PM   #6
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Re:jimwatson

The jackrabbits and deer out here in the west are pretty wussy creatures. They don't need the "oomph" that game in other parts of the country require.
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Old February 16, 2007, 09:53 PM   #7
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Well, .25-20 = jackrabbits; .25-35 = deer & jackrabbits.

Do you handload? Availability and price of factory loads in obsolete calibers like that will hurt your feelings.
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Old February 17, 2007, 01:45 PM   #8
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I would take the 25-35 but its for you. get a reloading book and and make some comparisons.
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Old February 17, 2007, 01:57 PM   #9
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25-20

That caliber makes a good coyote gun!
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Old February 17, 2007, 03:09 PM   #10
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Other things being about equal, I would buy the 92, but just because I think they are "neater" than the 94.

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Old February 17, 2007, 05:55 PM   #11
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Esthetically, I'd prefer the '92 over the '94; the innards hanging down out of the bottom of the '94 aren't pretty. Though I understand how Mr Browning used that to get such long cartridges as .30-30 through a slim receiver. And if it is a rifle rather than a carbine, that would make up a lot.

Just a case of whether you need the power, really.
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