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Winchester Model 1905 .32

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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?
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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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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.
 

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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.
 
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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.
 

jbett98

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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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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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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
Are you still interested in a very good condition 1905?
 

jbett98

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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.
 
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I have a Winchester model 1905 rifle that was my Grandfather's. I'm not sure what it shoots, since it's an early serial number, around 16,000 - but has a clip that has .351 cal stamped on the bottom. I thought .351 SL was only for model 1907. Any idea how to tell if this gun is setup for a .32 SL or a .35 SL? And does .35 SL mean .351 SL as well, or is it too different of a cartridge? I think the worst case scenario is that I might need a different clip.
 

jbett98

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From Gun Wiki;

"At launch, the Model 1905 was chambered for two calibers: . 32 Winchester Self-Loading and . 35 Winchester Self-Loading, which was necessary due to the weapon's blow back action being carried over from the Model 1903."
 

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Those rifles are Rad!!!! Thanks for the old thread revival!
 
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351 WSL is a 1907 it has a longer brass than the 35 WSL. The 401 is a 1910 rifle. They were making them more powerful trying to compete with the model 8 Remington.
I have all of them except the 35 WSL. I would be interested in a 35 WSL.
 

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