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Thread: Marlin 1889 32-20

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    Marlin 1889 32-20

    I have an 1889 Marlin 32-20 on hold for a week. I like to research the heck out of a gun if I can. This one was made in 1893 and appears to be in really good shape. It has a round barrel (not sure of the length).
    I have 32-20 dies and a bunch of brass already.
    Prices seem to be all over the place for this model. The store is asking $775. It's more than I want to spend but I have a gun or two to trade.
    Opinions on this rifle? Anything I should be looking for, or at?

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    You'll pay that for a 1894CL, If it's got a good bore, it should be well worth that. But I'm really bias toward 32-20's


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    Quote Originally Posted by Battis View Post

    I have an 1889 Marlin 32-20 on hold for a week
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    Prices seem to be all over the place for this model.

    The store is asking $775.

    It's more than I want to spend but I have a gun or two to trade.

    Opinions on this rifle?

    Marlin 1889's in .32-20, AND in good+ condition, are hard to find (bordering on rare), and worth over $1K - you did well.

    As long as the bore's good, you should be good to go.


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    I've got a .32-20 M1889 with mint bore and original tang sight. Its a sweet shooting rifle. Thats a good price if it has a good bore.

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    send pics!

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    I have a week to decide to buy it or pass on it. It's about 20 miles away so I'm going back for a better look.

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    I have one in 32-20 with a heavy round barrel that is 2" longer than standard with a cherry bore. They made less than 3600 with that barrel. Came with tang sight and the most wonderful trigger you can imagine. If no pitting & no damage to wood and an excellent bore = a deal. You will enjoy the gun & cartridge.
    Bob

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    I got a Ruger #3 custom job with a Shilin bbl in 32-20 in a trade about 5 years ago. I have never shot it as of yet. while checking it out today I found out its a 30-20 308 bore.I'm getting rid of a bunch of rifles very soon and this one will be going on GB with some other custom jobs. I'm old & all bustard up & unable to walk very well. Time to move em out. GD
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