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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Going to pick up a new 32 mag here in a few days, but actually had some reservations. I like the 32-20 cartridge a bit better (not straight walled), but prefer a ballard rifled gun. I got a Ruger single six in the 32 H&R, and since it was so accurate, decided this is what I wanted to follow up with it on.

    Does any have both, or have shot both? Just wondered how they stacked up with loads. I've sure looked at all the data GLC, and Big Medicine posted, but nobody has posted anything on the 32-20. Anybody with the 32-20 want to chime in? I think 6pt sitka got one. I'm worried I might need one of these eventually as well. I am also worried they'll stop making them in a couple of months. This has been the first one my dealer has come across.

    I was lucky enough to get one of the gang molds from Cast boolet forum. 314-120gr. bullet. It shoots real well out of the Ruger, and am anxious to see how it does out of the rifle. I will probably lapp the barrel on the rifle.

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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Your a sick man Dr A. The only known cure is to get both the 32-20 and the 32 H&R mag......might also have to get the 25-20 if your still feel a little sick :lol: :lol:
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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Sorry, I don't have a 32-20..... yet.

    I've shot some 100 grain bullets out of the 32 Mag, they've shown some promise. I'd like to try some heavier bullets, in the 115 grain range, to see what it will do out of the 32 Mag. I don't think the 32 Mag has quite the case volume as the 32-20 but would like to see what I can get out of it. Best I can do though is compare it to book data for the 32-20 since I don't have one for a direct comparison.

    I really have settled on the 85 grain XTP over H110 as my best load. Really accurate and nice to shoot.

    When I try some heavy bullets, I'll post my results.

    FWIW though, I don't think the difference can be much between the two. I bought a 32 Mag first out of simplicity of reloading. Straight case, carbide dies (no lube) and longer case life.

    Good shooting.
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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Just took delivery over the noon hour, and why is it that no matter where I am in the world, I always see something else I want when I have my mind made up to buy. Never see it when I'm not buying. Saw a Ruger 50 yr. 44 mag flattop Blackhawk. ops: Couldn't handle it. Got out of there quick.

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    So how is your 32 mag? Nice wood?
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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Nice wood, and Nice barrel :P I do so love these 8 sided things! Too bad its deer season, or I'd be shooting non=stop for a couple of thousand rounds. Have 500 loaded up for the pistol. If its half as much fun as the Ruger, I'll be set. Then I'll start lookin for ways to beat you in the open sight postal match. I'm a little concerned nobody has shot much cast successfully. Maybe I'll break the mold. Gonna start by lapping this thing soon.

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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Dr A,
    I have both calibers, and shoot both guns. The .32 H&R is a very nice, accurate round, as is the .32-20. The .32-20 has it all over the .32 H&R when it comes to velocity though. If you want to push them out the barrel faster, the .32-20 will do it almost twice as fast in equal length barrels.
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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    This is a plinker for cast in my book. I would have gotten the 32-20, but not available/ and microgroove. :roll: I can make it work, but it can be frustrating. I noticed the distinct lack of data in the 32 H &R. GLC got his 85gr. bullet going pretty fast with 10gr. of H110. Believe it was over 1600fps. Surely you don't mean twice as fast as this? Care to share any data, Marlinman93? Thanks,

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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    At present I have the 1894 CB in 32 MAg and it's quite nice in all respects. I also have three 32-20's. One is an 1894CCL (made 2 years ago), one is the 1894CL remake that came out this year, and my other and the only one I've yet to fire is a 1904-1905 manufacture. So far I've had very good results with all three and expect the same from my 100 year rifle :!:

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    32 mag vs. 32-20.

    Got my .32-20 in December. Advertised as having "Micro Grooving" but came with "Standard" grooving. Not sure exactly what that means but, I looked at my 1983 1894C with "Micro" and the .32-20 is different. My 1895M is Ballard but the bore is so much different you cant really tell the diff 'tween "Standard" & Ballard for the 2 different bore sizes.

    Looked into the .32HR, I like the .32-20 much better overall. Better velocity etal. But also, more nostalgic. Grandfather fed family with one for a lot of years...


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