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    hunting with a 32/20

    plan on hunting with a 32/20 this year .anyone else use a 32/20?

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    Yes an 1894cl. Use it for squirrel hunting a few times a year.

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    what are you going to hunt with what load and gun? Hit the mark is very important. More info please. Friends around here use 32 mag rev. for deer and on the rez the 22 mag rifle is most popular gun. Wind on this forum shot through a 30" moo cow and 5 or 7 gals of water with 115 gr boolit and whimpy load. Well worth a read. Have fun and bangaway.

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    for deer and turkey . as to loads 9 gr 2400 with a 95 gr bullet or 5.5 grains unique and a 115 gr rnfp rifle is a 1889 marlin. might try a1680

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    loaded 13.4 grains 1680 and a 95 gr swc ,will find out how they shoot Sunday

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    32-20

    i hunt rabbits with my remington model 25 in 32-20..knocks um flat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by king66 View Post
    i hunt rabbits with my remington model 25 in 32-20..knocks um flat...
    cannot hunt small game withanything over .23 cal centerfire. 32/20 is only legal for turkey coyote and big game in pa
    Last edited by 22hipower; 09-30-2012 at 11:07 PM.

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    I use a Winchester 1892 32-20, made in 1908. I have not used it on deer, I have other options for that. The 32-20 is a very pleasant round for shooting and small game hunting. It is too bad you can not use it for small game in PA. That round works well on cats, coyote, raccoon and fox.
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    I know the 25/20 will take a Deer, a few years ago they changed the law here due too the SS short mags you no longer need a 41mm case length just has to be bigger than .224 dia making the 25/20 legal again kinda like way back when that old Win was born. A Rancher I know took a small Muley right in his yard with that old 25/20 using my handload with a 75gr Speer. And a big plus to the new laws for me and my hunting buddy we can use are levers in 45 Colt and .44 Mag for hunting.
    As long as the range is Close I bet a 32/20 kills a Deer faster than a Bow! And I Bow hunt too.

    As for Turkey (Takes me years to get drawn) we cant use anything but a shotgun and No shot larger than #2 or smaller than #6 and no gauge smaller than 20.
    Make sure you read your local hunting regs as if you can use that 32/20 for Deer, I often will take the Heads of Grouse with all my big game rifles it's legal here except for some Zones around the City's.
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    Bullet placement and construction is everything with the smaller calibers. The 32-20 and 25-20 were considered good deer rounds during thier hay-days. Certainly, we know the larger calibers may be more certain under most circumstances but pick your shot, stay close, and they certainly work well. I've used the 25-20 on deer with very successful results. My 32-20 was previously owned when I purchased it. The prior owner said he was hunting deer on a river bottom when he happened upon a cow elk. So... He stalked close and harvested her cleanly with one shot. Would I say the 32-20 is an adequate Elk round? nope... But did it work? yup...

    When I was a kid growing up here in Western Montana, one of the Native American men in our community came to the gas station (where my father was filling our car) with two moose in the back of his pickup. We were checking them out and my father asked, "what did you shoot them with". The man produced a High Standard Sport King. (4" barrel if I remember correctly) We were a bit aghast and my dad said.... "Wow, how did you do that" The man replied... "You must get REAL close......"

    Is the High Standard Sport King a "Moose" gun? nope.... But it did work

    I dont have any bullet recommendations for the 32-20 but the 25-20 worked very well with Remington 86gr. flatnose bullets. There is something very balanced about the sectional density and expansion of the soft leadtipped / jacketed bullet that out performs the paper ballistics.

    Enjoy!
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