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Old 10-21-2018, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I have been looking at a Marlin model 93, Special Smokeless, in very good shape, for a fair price, but it is in .32-40 caliber. I don't reload, so I want nothing to do with that cartridge.

Has any bodyever had a lever action rechambered or otherwise converted from .32-40 to .32 Special? I have run across several old postings where people said they bought an old lever action marked .32-40 on the barrel, only to find that it had been converted to .32 Special.

But, I can't find any real info on who does these types of conversions, or whether their are operational problems that go along with it. (Such as feeding, bolt face, extractor issues).

JES Reboring, and other specialty gunsmith sites, don't mention this conversion.

Any info would be appreciated.

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Old 10-26-2018, 05:49 PM
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Since both cartridges use the same basic brass, you can just run a finish reamer into the barrel to convert it to 32 Winchester special. If it is a B grade it is not meant for smokeless powder so be aware of that. Personally I would leave that one alone and look for a Model 36 or 336 in 32 Winchester special.

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If you don't handload you better check the price of .32 Special ammo before you buy one!
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Bolt face and extractor would not be a problem as the base of brass is the same ballistics are about the same so why not bite the bullet and buy some 32-40 ammo and you are good to go with a classic rifle now if you do a lot of shooting then you would need to reload I have a 32-40 barrel for my tcr and I resize 32 special brass to 32-40.

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Thanks for all of the info guys.

If it is as easy as just running in a finish reamer, I wonder why nobody advertises this service online?

Yes, .32 Special (when not bought on sale) can be expensive, but nothing compared to the $60 a box .32-40.
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Because neither cartridge is common anymore. It was a useful upgrade in power back then but now one wouldn't dare go messing with an original .32-40 (collector value).
I've read that you don't reload- but if you did and cast your own bullets, a box of .32-40 made from 30-30 brass would cost about $5. The price of WCF cartridges(and .218 Bee) is highway robbery.

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Rushcreek,

From what I have seen, the Marlin 93s made with smokeless barrels in the early years of production (1910 to 1930), that are in .32-40, are worth far less than those in .30-30. What I mean is, that they are priced for less, because nobody wants them.

And, the conversion to .32 Special appears to have been a fairly common conversion.

I fully agree, though, that I would never try to convert one of the black powder only model 1893s.


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If they bore is in good shape, then why not go for it? A chambering reamer can be rented and any gun smith worthy of the name should be able to perform the work easily. With the velocity difference, you may have to install a different front sight.

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In my area a 93 in 32-40 is worth a lot more than one in 30-30 or 32 special.
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Depends on whether it is a model 1893 or a model 93.

The model 1893, being a true antique, brings more. The later model 93s, not so much.
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