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roy reali
February 11, 2007, 12:59 PM
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.

Jim Watson
February 11, 2007, 01:41 PM
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.

February 11, 2007, 03:49 PM
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.

roy reali
February 16, 2007, 08:25 PM
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?

Jim Watson
February 16, 2007, 08:59 PM
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.

roy reali
February 16, 2007, 09:04 PM
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.

Jim Watson
February 16, 2007, 09:53 PM
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.

February 17, 2007, 01:45 PM
I would take the 25-35 but its for you. get a reloading book and and make some comparisons.

February 17, 2007, 01:57 PM
That caliber makes a good coyote gun!

James K
February 17, 2007, 03:09 PM
Other things being about equal, I would buy the 92, but just because I think they are "neater" than the 94.


Jim Watson
February 17, 2007, 05:55 PM
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.