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I am new to this 1903 Marlin 1892 32 cal Lever gun. I bought 250 rounds of 32 Long Colt - will save brass. 2 things happen on the gun. 1) The spent round will not eject, although when the hammer falls the extractor pulls out the spent cartridge and the ejector is good - good fitting and in place behind the carrier. 2) The follower on this gun looks hand made and is not the right length - as a result the next round will not lift - half of it is still in the tube.I bought a new correct follower here for 32 cal, new ejector for 32 cal, and a new magazine spring. Hoping that will fix it. Gun is near mint.My "dumb question" - When this gun is loaded with 32 long colt - how many rounds will it hold and does the outer tube just stick out in front of the barrel a good 1 foot or more??? Very strange the way the magazine tube works on these. I was able to Youtube and get it completely disassembled and reassembled. Anyone know of any videos of someone loading and shooting one?
The Marlin 1892 came in two variations for the .32 cal. One used an inner magazine tube measuring 14-3/4" and the other one measuring 22-13/16". It sounds like you have he wrong one if it is sticking out. It is likely the reason why you are having feeding issues as well.
I think I have a few issues - one - the ejector is not long enough - maybe a 22 ejector was put in. So with the gun in lever down position the ejector spring is still behind the carrier - it does not eject the spent cartridge. Two - The follower attached to the tube looks hand made and the tube has an extra hole in it - further back. Even if the Follower is put in first hole its too short.
My dumb question pertains to the last 2 photos - with no rounds in it the tube is flush. When the top latch is released and the tube pulled up to load rounds - the round slot is visible and there is spring tension. I drop about 5 rounds in and slowly let the spring pull the outer tube down. The tube stays extended as is the second picture - because its attached to the follower. After following YouTube videos and looking at diagrams I don't see any other way it would work. Is this expected from a Marlin Lever 1892? The tube extends then slowly works its way down as rounds are fired?
Here are the YouTube Links to my model 32 1892.
Disassembly of action and tube: