Ammo Marlin Saferty 1892

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Ammo Marlin Saferty 1892

Post by Shoresands » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:11 am

Inherited 1892 (I believe) Marlin Safety. Two search sites for serial # say manufactured in 1899 and trying to determine ammo to use. Is in excellent condition. Also, without taking it apart can I determine if it's rim fire or centerfire? Guess if I find out caliber I could try a spent cartridge. New to all this but hungry for knowledge as I also got several other old guns and never had guns before. Thanks!

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Re: Ammo Marlin Saferty 1892

Post by marlinman93 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:10 am

You never mentioned the caliber? But guessing since you mentioned RF/CF that it's a .32 Long? Ammo is non existent, so if you don't reload, it will be tough to shoot it. Especially now with no ability to attend gun shows where you might find ammo in .32 Long or .32 Short.
The cartridge is NOT the .32 S&W Long or SHSort. It can be fired using .32 Long or Short Colt, but how accurately it shoots depends on what bullet the Colt ammo has? Best to find some .32 Long Colt brass, and buy a heeled bullet mold for the correct bore diameter, and reload ammo that's a good fit for the gun's groove.
Wisner's Gun Parts sells CF firing pins, so if yours is a RF firing pin it needs to be changed. .32 RF ammo runs about $100 per 50 IF you can find it. Far too collectible to shoot really.
Marlin lever actions 1870's-WWI, Ballards, and single shot rifles!

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Re: Ammo Marlin Saferty 1892

Post by Shoresands » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:09 pm

Thanks for the info. If I find some ammo I will have to bite the bullet and buy it so I can shoot it a few times to experience what my granddaddy felt. Then I can either keep and let one of my decendents sell or sell or trade for something I can shoot regularly. Not comfortable loading my own. I am just getting into guns and not enough experience and at 75 probably not enough time.

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