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Thread: Restored Marlin 1893 in 32/40

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    Restored Marlin 1893 in 32/40

    I bought this 1893 in 32 40 from a member over on the Marlin Owners Forum and figured I share a few pics with the members here.

    This is a “parts” gun built buy the individual who offered it for sale and he did a beautiful job.

    He did the stock work and blueing himself and had the receiver, lever and hammer color case hardened by Connecticut Shotgun Company.

    It has a smokeless steel barrel (again chambered in 32 40) that is pristine inside and out and it’s topped with non period sights consisting of a what appears to be a marbles small white bead up front and marbles “fold down” semi buckhorn on the rear.









    I took out to the range this morning to see how it would shoot and I was shocked at how well it performed.

    I had always heard that the 32 40 was an inherently accurate round but couldn’t believe the accuracy I got with the first load I tried.

    Using 14.5 grains of IMR4227 and a 165 grain Hi Tek coated boolit from Missouri Bullet Company and brand new Winchester 32 40 brass I had it shooting to the sights within 3 rounds.

    Once I had it shooting to the sights I fired this 10 shot group at 100 yards off a bench.



    I couldn’t be more pleased with this new addition to my Marlin collection.

    The 32 40 is an exceedingly pleasant round to fire with the aforementioned load and exceptionally accurate.

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    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
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    I couldn't be more pleased for you- that is a beautiful shooter.

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    Beautiful. He did a wonderful job.
    “We have enough youth. What we need is a fountain of smart.”

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    Great rifle .
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    i have 1 also but doesnt look or perform like yours (well done)

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    I love that color case hardening and octagon barrel! Beautiful rifle!

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    I have scrounged a nice supply of 32-40 brass for the perceived vintage Marlin or Winchester that I may own in the future. Post like this inspire me.

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    Nice Marlin!!... don't know if You saw this on Leverguns, one of the members took a whitetail the other day. with His 32-40.
    https://www.levergunscommunity.org/v...hp?f=1&t=75541

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    don't know if You saw this on Leverguns, one of the members took a whitetail the other day. with His 32-40.
    https://www.levergunscommunity.org/v...hp?f=1&t=75541
    I hadn’t seen that particular thread and I appreciate the link.

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    No problem, I have had them all but am partial to Marlins and Yours is A+.

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    Very nice. The 93's are a huge favorite of mine. Yours is a gem AND will bring home the backstrap.

    Mine is an old original in 26 inch round barrel chambered in 38-55. It is def not as purty as yours but glass smooth. Had to have mine lined and had it lined back to a true 38 cal.

    You have a keeper there. You also have made it a harvesting tool which I congratulate you for. Be tempting to keep it a showpiece.
    WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE...MORE WILL BE SAID THEN DONE

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    Gorgeous rifle.

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    Both the rifle and 100 yard group look very impressive.

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