I picked up this Winchester model 1892. It's calibered in 32 WCF (32-20). I spent about two days taking it completely apart in order to clean it. There was literally .5" of crud inside the receiver bottom!! But, despite that the rifle cycled very smoothly and the trigger pull is smooth, light and crisp!! The rifle has a Lyman "flip" front sight on it. I loaded up some 115gr. lead RNFP and went to the range hoping it would be a good shooter. I was very pleased with the results of that first outing. The target below is just 25yds, but with the open sights I was very happy. Here's a pic of the firearm (cleaned up) and the target group.
Here's a pic of the crud on the lever action when I first pulled it out.
And that Lyman front flip sight....(pre-cleanup pic)
nice rifle! if only those old guns cold talk! you shooting smokeless or black?
Smokeless. My initial load was 2.2gr. of Trail Boss so I could determine if the rifle would shoot well. And it did.....for a 108YO rifle I was very happy with the results. I then loaded up about 20 rounds with RL-7, and according to the load book, that should get me about 1,100-fps. Those also shot very well. Recoil like a 22-LR!! A great little gun for target shooting or "small" stuff. Not a deer rifle at all.....but that's OK...I got that end covered!!
Don't rule it out as a deer rifle.I killed one last year with the 22 hornet at 50yds.I have a 25-20 and a 32-20 I plan on killing deer with.Drop one in behind the shoulder and blow the lungs up.They don't go far or live long.