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    Should I buy a .32 Winchester Special?

    I already own a 30-30 Winchester and a .35 Remington, should I bother with a .32 Win Spl? It's not that I need it, I just like leverguns and the more nostalgic calibers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorsman View Post
    SNIP...It's not that I need it,..
    Your answer.

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    If you like it, buy it As long as you have the money, there's never a need to justify a gun purchase. Once you buy it post some pictures.
    "When seconds count between living or dying, the police are only minutes away."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone View Post
    Your answer.
    You sound like my wife... the voice of reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorsman View Post
    You sound like my wife... the voice of reason.
    And I sound like a gun salesman...lol
    "When seconds count between living or dying, the police are only minutes away."

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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigsd View Post
    And I sound like a gun salesman...lol
    More like a little devil sitting on my shoulder!

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    I've been looking at both a Marlin and a Winchester. Can't decide which one to go with... that is "if" I go with one.

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    Don't hunt, but own a 1976 made Winchester Model 94. Have loved that rifle since I was a boy--one of my favorite toy guns. Nothing matches it. It's hung on the wall, and while I enjoy shooting it from time to time, I mostly enjoy just looking at it. Great condition, about 98%. Got it at a gun show. While no other lever action is as iconic, why not get it if you want it? Lever action carbines make great home defense weapons, too. The .30-30 is not something I'd like to be shot with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunslinger View Post
    Don't hunt, but own a 1976 made Winchester Model 94. Have loved that rifle since I was a boy--one of my favorite toy guns. Nothing matches it. It's hung on the wall, and while I enjoy shooting it from time to time, I mostly enjoy just looking at it. Great condition, about 98%. Got it at a gun show. While no other lever action is as iconic, why not get it if you want it? Lever action carbines make great home defense weapons, too. The .30-30 is not something I'd like to be shot with.
    I want one or the other, just not both. I own both Marlins and Winchesters and love both. What's a guy to do?

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    If you want it, and can afford it, buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper1 View Post
    If you want it, and can afford it, buy it.
    Marlin or Winchester?

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    Two choices.
    Flip a coin.
    Look deep into your heart or mind and decide which brand you like more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper1 View Post
    Two choices.
    Flip a coin.
    Look deep into your heart or mind and decide which brand you like more.
    You're not helping me!

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    I know. The decision really and truly is yours.
    Here's what I suggest
    buy both and then send me the Marlin since I have neither a Marlin nor a 32WS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper1 View Post
    I know. The decision really and truly is yours.
    Here's what I suggest
    buy both and then send me the Marlin since I have neither a Marlin nor a 32WS.
    Let me think about that for a moment....hmmm, nope! I'll probably have to flip a coin.

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    Don't use a two-headed coin.

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    Well, I can't decide. I guess I'll wait a while and see if anything else peaks my interest in the mean time.

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    The ammo is still available. What is nice is to make the case you just full length size a 30-30 case. The cases are almost identical, the principle difference the diameter of the neck.
    See these.
    http://stevespages.com/jpg/cd3030winchester.jpg
    http://stevespages.com/jpg/cd32winchesterspecial.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTHunter View Post
    If it is just going to be a "wall-hanger", does it matter which you get?

    If you plan on shooting it, factor in cost and availability of the ammo!

    The .35 Whelan is an obscure chambering but of fairly recent vintage, unlike the popular and ubiquitous 30-30.

    If the ammo is too costly or no longer made, I wouldn't waste my time and resources on either rifle.
    It won't be a "wall-hanger", it will/would be a working, hunting rifle. The ammo is available, just not the cheapest on the block. As far as the .35 Whelen goes, I would like to get one some day, maybe in a Remington 760 or 7600. They have pretty bad recoil from what I hear (200gr at 2675fps, recoil is 22.6ft/lbs for an 8lb rifle), so I'm not in a rush to get that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Outdoorsman View Post
    I already own a 30-30 Winchester and a .35 Remington, should I bother with a .32 Win Spl? It's not that I need it, I just like leverguns and the more nostalgic calibers.
    YES

    As long as it is in your budget of course.

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