Was a the local gun show today (what a madd house) and found an independant dealer with a brand new unfired 1894cl 32/20, asking price of $675. The gun is JM stamped and still has the "targeted by" sticker on the stock, as well as the paper work. I wasn't sure how to date it as the serial number began with CL and it does have the saftey. Now I would have been interested if I had any use for such a round. I did some homework while looking at the gun and found ammo to be really expensive. The round appears to be an xtra hot 32 mag. I think I'll stick my 1894C .357, no sense in buying a collectable, I like shooting too much!
If anything the various .32 Mags are copies of the .32-20 concepts.
Thats a good buy even up here in Canada, where prices are somewhat depressed because of the fewer number of collectors. Excellent cartridge for the reloader.
That 32-20 is a bit hard to date what with the CL serial numbers etc., but I can tell you that they were made in the period from 1989 to 1994. They ARE a LOT of fun, but to get any fun at all (without killing your wallet) you have to hand load the rounds which is easy and inexpensive.
I wouldn't call it an extra hot .32 mag at all - Canada Hammer has it right. This round will be weaker... weaker than even the .30 carbine - even with stout hand loads.
As for the price; by today's standards what you were quoted isn't too bad, (but sadly for you the buyer) it's about $300 higher than even just 10 years ago.
The crazy thing about this round (and especially this particular gun for that matter) is that if you bought it - and you should have - you would soon be wanting a revolver (or two) to go with it because it IS THAT FUN.
Sort of like a .22 Mag on steroids. Plus the nostalgia factor - just ask me how I know
All My Guns Shoot Straight Without Aiming...
but hitting the target is another matter all together!
If I ever see one for that money in that condition--- its going to have a new home!
"That wasn't shootin, that was killin" -- Rafe Covington
If you had bought it and shot it, you would want to own its little brother, the 25-20, and its babby brother, the 218 Bee.
Neckdown the 32-20 to 25 caliber to get the 25-20 and neck down the 25-20 to 22 caliber to get the 218 Bee.
Believe me, I bought the 32-20, shot it and it was so much fun that now I own all three and having a blast with them all. So are my family and friends!!! I bought a mold for the 32-20 and one for the 25-20 to keep the cost of ammo down and the jacketed bullets for the 218 Bee are only $15 to $16 per 100. Making and shooting your own is a very fullfiling part of the hobby.
Team 1894... #250
Team 39... #266
44 MAG. - 1970 Saddle Ring,1973 Octagon, 1973 Sporter, 1975 Standard, 1996 NRA Limited Edition #20 of 550, 2000 P, 2000 CB Limited Edition, 2009 SS, 2011 DL
45 Colt - 2008 CB Limited
41 Mag. - 2003 FG
357 Mag. - 1994 CS
32-20 - 2008 CL Classic
25-20 - 1990 CL Classic
218 Bee - 1990 CL Classic
22 RF Model 39's - 1948, 1961 Mountie, 1973 Cent.Ltd., 1990 TDS, 2001
256 Win Mag Model 62
38-55 Win Model 336CB
I was working at a gunshop back when they first came out and didn't get one because I didn't see the use for those old "obsolete" rounds. Course that was when I was younger and dumber! Sure wish I had gotten one of each now! Those smaller calliber levers are just pure fun. Get it if you still can. You will have a blast with it, especially if you handload.
And POOF; No eyebrows!
All, I went back today to see if the gun was still available, it is! At the request of Wild Willy, I got all of the contact info for him. If he chooses not to pursue the gun I will publicly post the info for anyone interested . I hate to see a nice gun just sit there.
for strong rifle and handguns only (Rugers...Colt/clone S/As...late manufactured leverguns)
Top pressure load A2400/14 grn
100/120 gn cast
Hguns 1669 fps
Rifles 2220 fps
41,000 cup H110/ 16 gr
90 gr jacketed
Hguns 1790 fps
Rifles 2300 fps
35,200 cup WW296/15.5 gr
Hguns 1660 fps
Rifles 2040 fps
37,000 cup H110/14.5 gr
110 gr jacketed
Hguns 1600 fps
Rifles 1910 fps
33,000 cup WW680/16.5 grns
110 gr jacketed
Hguns 1715 fps
Rifles 2020 fps
38,000 cup Acc 1680/16.5 gr
120 gr cast/gc
Hguns 1490 fps
Rifles 1810 fps
37,000 cup H110/12.5 gr
130 gr cast gc
Hguns 1410 fps
Rifles 1780 fps
35,000 cup . Allient 2400/15.5
60 gr jacketed
Hguns 1900 fps
Rifles 2330 fps
36,000 cup . Allient 2400/14 gr
Hguns 1690 fps
Rifles 2280 fps
33,000 cup Acc 1680/17.5 gr
Hguns 1735 fps
Rifles 2320 fps
If I decide not to get it I"ll let you know.I haven't heard anything from him yet.
If I found one of those in unfired condition here in Oz for under $1400 I'd buy it to give my other one a brother.
I use mine for classic caliber rifle and pistol caliber silhouette and with 9.5 gr of 2400 it is outstandingly accurate and fun to shoot.
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