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    Gun Wizard
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    If I ever get tired of the 45 cal I built. Id go with 36, not 32. Just for ease of loading, and item availibility.

    I will never buy another production gun as long as I live. most as third world quality ( see I didnt say junk).

    If I can convy two things about muzzle stuffers, from my 40 years of shooting them:

    1) build do not buy

    2) NEVER use petroium based oils in them. Only TC 1000+ products
    (or home made equaliants) (which I have the formulas for)
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    Well now, I now have the reason to get a 36 cal and what to tell the little woman.

    I have a 45 Whitworth. I am going to shoot the Lyman Whitworth 475 gr.
    I wonder if I can shoot a 200gr or 250 gr at 50 to 100 yds?

    Thanks


    First the .32 will be a real pain if something gets stuck in the barrel, wonder how I know this
    Second the .36 is easier to clean and as to shooting I see no real difference. I can use those little .310, .315 round balls in my .36 it just takes more pillow ticking. In my .36 I can use the same bullets I use in my 38 special/.357 mag if I want something heavier. I have shot the .36 out too 200 yards just to prove I could throw the round ball that far really. I have scope on one of mine and one is still open sighted. I have had these two rifles for the better part of almost 40 years and find rods break easier in the .32, .32 gets dirty faster even when using light charges, is about the same time to clean up when done and so really it is just up to which you like better.

    By the way I only have 6-7 muzzle loaders have only been playing with them for 45 years so I am just really learning how they work and such. I like both but use the .36 more just because I like the feel of them better than my .32's but would not sell any of them as who knows when they maybe all we are allowed to have if even them.


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    Never had a 36,but,the 32 is a dandy.You would be suprised at just what a 32 can,will, do.pan.

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    Pan, I've not owned or shot either .32 or .36 but I have been shooting bigger calibers for over 30yrs. I've wanted a small bore myself, just never got around to it, but if I could, I'd get the .36. Here's why: BP is dirty and will foul a small bore very quickly. so the larger the hole, the longer you can shoot w/o cleaning. You may be able to find .38 pistol molds that will work in your bore! Of course, you can have one cut to your barrel's specs. Those little lead cylinders with various noses open up a whole new game as opposed to the little round patched balls! Load 'em like minature Minie' balls. The heavier bullets are better in a breeze and make 200yd targets very doable. Just my $.02


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