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Anyone Load 32-20 or have 32-20

Discussion in 'Ammo & Reloading' started by swampratt, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. swampratt

    swampratt Sharpshooter

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    Sgt Dog I would almost bet that round Jcann has would fit well.
    I got mine to fit just fine and fired one and going out tomorrow to fire a handful of them at Lexington.
     
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    I do load .44-40, which Has a similar bottleneck shape. While I can’t speak directly about the .32-20, I’m aware of a similar problem with .44-40. A lot of CAS folks have shaved a bit off the base of the sizing die to move the shoulder down a bit farther. I never had that problem, but I used to have problems with crimping that would leave a little ring just below the crimp, preventing them from chambering.

    Not sure if either of these ideas will help, but it’s something to look at. I would also recommend a Lee Factory Crimp die.
     
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    I have came to the conclusion that these chambers when cut were not all the same or even close.
    Today we have much better stuff being turned out.
    I suppose if you get the load to work that is about as good as it gets.
    By the looks of this gun I would say it has not been fired in over 50 years.
     
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    I've been loading .32-20 for 40 years, but that just means I have one year's experience 40 times. :doh: I started with an old Marlin 27S pump in '77 and then added a Marlin 1894CL when they made a run of them in the old cartridges in the late '80's. I also have two old S&W revolvers in .32-20. My favorite knockaround rifle load is a 115 grain cast bullet over 5 grains of Unique. I've loaded the .32-20 rifles pretty hot, but got away from that because there are better rifles if I need more power. Be glad to share what I know - I'm not a real technical wizard, but I've had great results with the .32-20 over the years.
     
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    A6789B05-FA00-42FA-94CE-55C9FC8182B7.jpeg .32-20 cartridges- Starline nickel brass with Acme coated bullets over 5 grains of Unique powder.
     
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