Browning Model 53, 32-20

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Browning Model 53, 32-20

#1 Post by trooper joe » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:24 pm

Just picked up a like new Browning Model 53 in 32-20. Gun looks like it has never been fired.

Dealer knocked off $200 since the original box was trashed by the shipper and sender.

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Since I never got around to loading the 32-20 round, I am going to try out some Ventura Heritage 32-20 Winchester 100gr JHP (Hi Speed) ammo. Was going to use my other 32-20 (Winchester Model 92) for deer hunting a couple of years ago due to a torn retina I did not want to damage, but could not find ammo I would trust to harvest a Michigan whitetail.

I spotted one of these B-53 rifles many years ago, but the price was a lot higher than what I paid for this beauty.

Just wanted to let the gang know about this find.

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#2 Post by wm » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:56 pm

That is one of the holy grail guns ……… they did not make a lot of them and they are hard to find because the people that own them don't care to let go of them.

I'm more then a little envious! :mrgreen:

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#3 Post by gamekeeper » Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:00 pm

wm wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:56 pm
That is one of the holy grail guns ……… they did not make a lot of them and they are hard to find because the people that own them don't care to let go of them.

I'm more then a little envious! :mrgreen:

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#4 Post by Pitchy » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:30 pm

Nice, congrats. 8)
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#5 Post by M. M. Wright » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:35 pm

Congratulations Trooper! I predict you're really going to enjoy that rifle. Only 32-20 I have is a very early 92 with a re-lined barrel but it sure shoots good. I use it for everything from tree rats to whitetail. I use cast lead bullets in mine.
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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#6 Post by Les Staley » Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:44 am

Great snag! I got mine at Cabela's GunLibrary in Sydney Nebraska while going thru there on a truck run. The first owner had installed a Marble's Tang sight with windage adjustment, and had installed a blank in the rear dovetail on the barrel, dinging the forearm with the hammer, making a noticeable dent in the premium walnut! I got it a little cheaper for the dent, and wasn't worried about putting the first dent or scratch on the gun.😃 It's sudden death on ground squirrels! Browning 53s RULE!!!
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#7 Post by AJMD429 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:26 am

Cool....! Amazing the 'value' a box (or lack thereof) has; personally I never desired the original box but evidently lots of folks do.

In your case it worked out just fine...! 8)
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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#8 Post by TraderVic » Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:33 am

I've never seen one of these. Were they made in any other calibers ?

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#9 Post by Tycer » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:14 am

:mrgreen:
Looking forward to the range reports! Both my 32-20s like 7.5 grains of Lil’gun. Bullet weight doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. The 3118 Lyman mold is my favorite.
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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#10 Post by wm » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:43 am

TraderVic wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:33 am
I've never seen one of these. Were they made in any other calibers ?
The Browning is a copy of a Winchester rifle also known as the model 53. I believe that was offered in both 25-20 WCF and 32-20 WCF. Browning I think only offered the 53 in 32-20 but I am not sure.

I think the correct way to look at these rifles is that first you had the Winchester 1886, then Winchester scaled down the design to produce the 1892 (in 38 -40, 44-40, 32-20, & 25-20). Then the design was refined and renamed the Model 53 in 32-20 & 25-20. Then Winchester again tweaked the design and offered the model 65 in 32=20, 25-20, and 218 Bee. This is coming from someone who is not a Winchester collector or scholar so the information is worth what you are paying for it.

The 1892 design has also been produced in 38 spl/357 mag, 44 spl/44 mag, 45 LC, and I think a precious few in 41 mag & 32 mag.


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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#11 Post by trooper joe » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:55 am

TraderVic wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:33 am
I've never seen one of these. Were they made in any other calibers ?
They were only made in 32-20. They were copies of the Winchester 53's that were made in the "dash" caliber chamberings (25-20, 32-20, 44-40, not sure about the 38-40). A Winchester 53 in 32-20 in fair condition is usually listed for north of $3000. (Got mine for $800 out the door after that fiasco about the box).

Somewhere I read that these were only made in 1991 (not sure about that either). No plastic on the gun, even the butt plate is steel. It has a 22" barrel and a very neat 1/2 magazine. I think I have seen some full length magazine tubes but I don't know if they were ever made that way (personally, I think the 1/2 length magazine is very classy).

At the time I first saw one of these I owned two B92 Brownings (.44 mag and .357 mag). They were great guns but they had alloy barrel bands instead of steel. The B92's as well as the B53 were made in Japan by Miroku although "Miroku" is not stamped on the gun. This gun is so perfect I am not sure I want to take it out and shoot it (I have a Miroku/Winchester Model 92 for that need 8) ).

Thanks for the interest gang. As usual, I learn a lot from forum members.

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#12 Post by Rusty » Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:18 pm

Nice fine, that is sweet!
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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#13 Post by Mainehunter » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:06 pm

Nice grab! :) Have one that's never been fired, original box and papers. I picked it up at an estate auction few years back. Still sitting in the back of my safe, patiently waiting if it's going to be fired or not...... :|

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#14 Post by KirkD » Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:36 pm

Beautiful acquisition! I've often looked at the Browning Model 53 32-20 and wished I had one, but blew my money on a very nice original.
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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#15 Post by Mainehunter » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:08 pm

KirkD wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:36 pm
Beautiful acquisition! I've often looked at the Browning Model 53 32-20 and wished I had one, but blew my money on a very nice original.
Nothing wrong with that! I do recall from your past posts you were testing some Accurate molds a year or so ago? The reason I asked, one gentlemen at the gun range I go to has a few 32-20's he brings and loves the Accurate molds he uses.

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#16 Post by KWK » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:46 am

Oooooo, purdy!!

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#17 Post by vancelw » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:13 am

The 2 letters in the serial number tell you exactly what year it was made (NM would be 1990).

I have one of these and love it.
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#18 Post by .45colt » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:24 am

Those Browning's are purty !! I have a Marlin CL 32-20 , one of My favorite rifles. just like the 45-70 it is easy to load from mild to wild to suit the job. enjoy :D

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#19 Post by KirkD » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:37 am

Mainehunter wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:08 pm
I do recall from your past posts you were testing some Accurate molds a year or so ago? The reason I asked, one gentlemen at the gun range I go to has a few 32-20's he brings and loves the Accurate molds he uses.
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#20 Post by .45colt » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:56 am

And I might add that the reason I got the Marlin years ago was from reading Kirks posts about the 32-20 here. :D .

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Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

#21 Post by KirkD » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:47 am

Here's a photo of my original Model 53 32-20 made in 1929. It has taken care of quite a few varmint problems on my property. I do have to admit, however, that I went on Gunbroker and saw a few super nice Browning 53's that were just gorgeous. The 32-20 is one of my favourite cartridges, and my first pick for small game. Over the past 15 years or so, my various 32-20's have taken care of a lot of Woodchucks digging holes in the bean field, muskrats undermining the river bank, problem beavers cutting down my trees, skunks, and a never-ending stream of deranged Raccoons.
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