I found two new 1894's, one in 32-20 & one in 32 H&R, the price is under $650.00. Is one of these chambers more valuable than the other, ballistics are about the same? Any help is appreciated,
I've had both, and prefer the 32 H&R only because the brass is less hassle to size (no lube required). They're virtually identical ballistically, each loads within +/- a tenth of a grain of each other in the same bullet/velocities. It may be different nowadays, but at the time I could also find 32 H&R mag brass MUCH more available than 32-20 brass.Barbarosa said:I found two new 1894's, one in 32-20 & one in 32 H&R, the price is under $650.00. Is one of these chambers more valuable than the other, ballistics are about the same? Any help is appreciated,
I'm sure it's regional or depends on how you catch the vendors and manufacturers... But when I had both rifles I could get "all I wanted" of the 32 H&R brass (I got 500pcs from Starline) and ZERO 32-20 brass from anyone/anywhere... I only could muster the hundred 32-20 cases or so that came with the rifle.Old Goat Keeper said:If you handload you can load the 32-20 to higher velocity than the 32 H&R. Today brass for the 32-20 is more common than 32 H&R. ...(snip)
You are correct, the 32-20 has a side loading gate and the 32h&r has a tube feed like a 22.FredT said:The 1873 Win was chambered in the .32-20, so there is one weak link for factory loadings.
The H&R does not have the side loading gate, does it?