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    1894 cl 32 20

    I have a very nice '94CL in 32 20 that has a Skinner peep. I haven't been able to shoot it much lately due to not finding ammo...any recommendations on a good, efficient factory load that might be better than the cowboy stuff that's available now? I used to have some custom loaded stuff from a place in Texas, but they're out of business now. I'd love to find a load that would be adequate for small whitetails out to 50-70 yds or so. I don't want to handload.
    Bob

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    The 32-20 is really pushing it as a deer cartridge with factory loads.
    You have to remember that it is a 130 year old black powder cartridge and ammo makers have to allow for the very old rifles and revolvers that are still out there and being used.
    I use my own reloads for my 32-20 CL and they consist of a 115gr cast bullet and 9 gr of 2400, for me 9 gr is the best load for accuracy, but I'm sure there are people pushing loads for modern rifles even harder than that.
    Bob

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    I've been thinking of loading...doing it in a basic way with a Lee kit. I want a JSP or HP at around 2000 or so fps. I was hoping someone knew a small loader that was putting out a nice load like that. Wish Buffalo Bore was doing something with the 32-20.
    Bob
    Last edited by OIF2; 06-23-2012 at 02:24 PM.

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    Hey there OIF2 -- As well as getting into reloading, here is something else to consider...

    Attachment 31453

    and here was the set-up...



    Hope this helps. Best regards. Wind

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    I have also shot 9 gr. of 2400 with a 100 JSP and thought it was a good load.
    Not sure if it reached 2000 fps. If you want the velocity I would look for 85 gr JSP or hollow point.
    Sierra makes a nice 90 gr. JHP.
    Really good accuracy with this cartridge and the penetration of this caliber surprises me....it's impressive.
    Don't think you will find anything but the 100 gr. lead at about 1200 fps in factory loading.
    Brooks

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    Before they grew armor plate a lot of deer were killed with a 32-20. Especially in the high velocity rifle loading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 44-40 Willy View Post
    Before they grew armor plate a lot of deer were killed with a 32-20. Especially in the high velocity rifle loading.
    Pre-scopes, folks had to be hunters, not just shooters, and knew how to stalk close enough to use the smaller calibers. These days the critters are a lot more skittish, particularly if the BP and pointy-stick guys have had their go first.

    .32-20 is NOT legal where I hunt, .357 is the smallest pistol caliber allowed in a carbine. Deer come in a lot of different sizes in different areas, where I lived once, an 80 pounder was a pretty good size for a coastal deer. Where I hunt now, that would be a medium-sized fawn. Usual size for a two-year old is about 140-180, depending on what they've been eating that year. .32-20 would probably do for the coastal midgets, not so great for the corn-fed ones I go after now.

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    Found a company in CA (LoadX) that is loading a 100 grain JHP at 1600 fps...sounds perfect for what I want. I'll keep the forum updated.
    Bob

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    Stans4.. 32-20 is a rifle cartridge.
    OIF2....how about a link or some info on LoadX. I went to LoadX website and don't see a 100JHP at 1600fps.
    Last edited by D Harry; 06-26-2012 at 04:58 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D Harry View Post
    Stans4.. 32-20 is a rifle cartridge.
    OIF2....how about a link or some info on LoadX. I went to LoadX website and don't see a 100JHP at 1600fps.
    It's a new load...try the "Ventura Munitions" website. They sell "LoadX" ammo.
    Bob


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