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04-05-2019 05:45 PM
dwightx Quick thought. .32/40 was a Ballard target cartridge and they shot and loaded lead bullets in those days. The .32 Special was a hunting cartridge with jacketed bullets from the beginning. My reference for barrel steel from the era, Keith said he picked up the WWI revolvers and lots of ammo while in the Nat. Guard and 5000 rounds of jacketed bullets and you had a smooth bore. Lead bullets and it would last half of forever. Luck. Happy Trails.
12-02-2018 03:22 PM
mauser98us Leave it be.32-40 is awesome.Learn to reload,or sell it and buy a 32 special or 30-30.BTW,I love my 32 Special as well
12-02-2018 01:36 AM
dand Mannyrock has some good suggestions as far as tracking value. Have you taken it to a good shop for their evaluation? Frankly I'd get it rechambered or even consider having the bore sleeved to 30 cal and chambered to 30-30 if that is possible. I have been trying to find 32-40 ammo for a friend and it is extremely scarce and expensive.
11-07-2018 10:47 AM
mannyrock Rim,

Watch and track all of the auctions on gunbroker for a couple of months.

Rifles made in the 1920s, in VG+ shape, are generally regarded as shooters, not antiques or true collectors. (Those in very high or near excellent conditions would, of course, be an exception.)

For every one person who would love to have a nice example shooter in .32-40, there are probably 5 or 10 who would rather have it in .30-30 or .32 Special.

As for locale, old pump actions and classic levers are highly regarded in Pennsylvania, a state where semi-autos are not legal for hunting, and you have a huge number of deer hunters and a high population of fairly well off people who collect. (I have lived within 100 miles of Pennsylvania for more than half of my life. Been to many shows up there. Love the central portion of the State.)

In other parts of the country though (central and southern Virginia, Tennessee, North and SC), old pumps and levers are not as highly sought after. People are hunters and shooters first, and collectors fourth. Nobody gets too excited over old Savage 99s, Marlins, or Winchesters in VG+ shape. By and large, those rifles sit on the tables at gun shows for the whole two days while people pass them by. Fairfax, VA and Richmond, VA are exceptions of course, but even at the shows in those places, people in their 30s and 40s are now going for black guns instead of the old classics, and are fewer and fewer tables each year of classic guns..

At the huge gun show in Dulles three months ago (Dulles Airport in Fairfax), there were probably only 10 tables with classic guns out of 400 tables, and nobody was buying them. This in the third or fourth wealthiest county in the U.S. with a population of over 1 million.

So, bottom line, there are huge differences in demand depending on the exact local of a show, the type of rifle being considered, and whether the gun is a nice example of a shooter or a high condition beauty.

Mannyrock
11-06-2018 05:41 PM
rim-fire A 93 in 38-55 or 32-40 would be of greater collector interest and value in my area (Pa.) than a 30-30 or 32spec. 30-30 being the least desirable Where are you located?
11-06-2018 02:11 PM
mannyrock 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.
11-05-2018 06:04 PM
rim-fire In my area a 93 in 32-40 is worth a lot more than one in 30-30 or 32 special.
11-02-2018 08:39 AM
Rushcreek 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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10-29-2018 11:27 AM
mannyrock 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.


Mannyrock
10-28-2018 09:28 PM
Rushcreek 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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