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Winchester Model 1905 .32

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by ajf1, May 13, 2009.

  1. ajf1

    ajf1 beaverton Member

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    I have an old 1905 .32 and it appear to be in good condition for its age. But I have not been able ot figure out the value of it, or bullets for it. I have found that it does take a special bullet.
    Any ideas on the value or where to find some bullets for it?
     
  2. k7grc

    k7grc Banks, Or Active Member

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    The 32 WSL rounds are hard to find your looking at 50+$ for an old box of ammo.
    Check completed items in gunbroker to get an idea of value. seen the go for 150-350+
    Let me know when your ready to sell, I have my C&R FFL and would be interested.
    Gordon
     
  3. mccullogh

    mccullogh NW Oregon Member

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    Do you know which .32 it is ?

    Sorry, I should have googled first
     
  4. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    I'm assuming your referring to the Winchester Model 1905 which is a box magazine fed, blow back action semi-auto? There were approximately 30,000 manufactured from 1905-1920. If my memory serves me correctly it should have about a 20 or 22" round barrel. Values vary but they range from poor condition in the $300 to pristine condition up to $550+ depending upon the collectors/buyer's mood. It was chamber for both the .32 Winchester Self Loading and .35 Winchester Self Loading. Also know as the .32 WSL and .35 WSL. I would surmise yours is .32 WSL.

    The .32 WSL is roughly the length of the M1 Carbine cartridge and some believe the .30 Carbine was adopted after the .32 WSL.

    Here is a list of dates of manufacturer...

    1905 --- 1 through 7224
    1906 --- 7225
    1907 --- 18307
    1908 --- 22214
    1909 --- 23406
    1910 --- 24302
    1911 --- 25446
    1912 --- 26527
    1913 --- 27627
    1914 --- 28585
    1915 --- 29137
    1916 --- 29589
    1917 --- 29938
    1918 --- 30326
    1919 --- 30615
    1920 --- 31318
    1921 --- 31391
    1922 --- 31447
    1923 --- 31457
    The highest serial number known is 31467. Though the 1905 was discontinued in 1920, complete rifles continued to be assembled from parts into the early 1920s.
     
  5. ajf1

    ajf1 beaverton Member

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    Gordon Dan and Mccullogh
    Thanks for the info. Looks like it was built in 1912. It is a 32 and that is one of the reasons that I posted help for it. It appears that mpst sold have been 35s. The deep blueing is gone and they are some rust spots. IU am half hearted on it, since the ammo is a little hard to come by, but I do like the style and the length of it. I might look to sell it this summer.
    Thanks
    Aaron
     
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    bwells Longview Member

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  7. Justinl

    Justinl Kingston New Member

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    I also have a 1905 in 32slr. It's in very good shape and I have a couple rounds for it. I was trying to value it( to sell) when your thread popped up. Any interest in this gun? I fired it once(20+ years ago) it fired and cycled. It's just been taking up safe space since.
     
  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If I remember correctly, it's a take down type rifle, and if you push the front operating tube and twist when the bolt has been pushed all the way back, it will lock the bolt.
    I had one of these and they are a fun rifle to shoot, just spendy if you don't reload.
     
  9. Justinl

    Justinl Kingston New Member

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    I think you have the wrong rifle? The one I have is in the 4000 series. I don't think it's a take down, or has a slide lock. I Don't know much about it. But am doing a bit of looking.
     
  10. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Does it look like this?
    If it does, it is a take down model. Just un-screw the large knob at the back of the receiver and pull it apart.
    If you push in the charging rod and turn it clockwise, it will lock the bolt assembly open.

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  11. Justinl

    Justinl Kingston New Member

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    Clearly you know more about this. It does have the knob. I thought it was just to take it apart for cleaning. Is there much interest in these rifles? image.jpg

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  12. Justinl

    Justinl Kingston New Member

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  13. Justinl

    Justinl Kingston New Member

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    Are you still interested in a very good condition 1905?
     
  14. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    A lot of these era rifles were take down models, because when you traveled by coach or train it would readily fit into a bag or valise.