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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-16-2017, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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32-20 ammo

I have an old Winchester in 32-20 and was wondering if the new ammo that is available is ok to shoot in my old gun. I would like to take it on a hunt some time but would also like to have some ammo to shoot for fun
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I used to shoot factory ammo in mine back in the 70's. I would think today's ammo would be similar.

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Do you think this gun would be an ethical gun to hunt deer with
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Do you think this gun would be an ethical gun to hunt deer with
Ethical..., No. Similar performance to a .38 Special.

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The 32-20 is a fun cartridge. But they are awfully puny, even compared to the 30-30. Deer have been killed with it, but the 22LR has killed deer too. 50 yards or so... and good shot placement I'd say okay.
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wasn't there a thread on here last year and maybe a video of someone shooting a deer with one?
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Hit them in the lungs!
I hunt deer with mine.
Killed a deer last year with the 256 and that is a 357 necked to a 25 cal.

forgot to add that I reload for mine.It's a Savage 23 Sporter.Here is a 6 shot group at 50yd group with open sights.
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wasn't there a thread on here last year and maybe a video of someone shooting a deer with one?
I believe it was Leatherwood. I don't remember the exact caliber. Love their videos.
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the 32-20 is a classic old time cartridge from black powder days. It was a medium range, medium to small game and pest cartridge. It's smaller cousin, the 25-20 was an excellent squirrel cartridge. One of the early record PA whitetails was shot with a 32-20. Although it is generally too anemic for whitetail. Modern loads are usually dumbed down for old rifles. It is more of what some would call a cat and rat cartridge. In years past, I had a 32-20 single shot Martini style rifle with peep sights. That gun was a little too light weight to hold steady, but it was accurate. I think the brass cartridges may be a little thin to hold up to "beefy" loads.
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Yes I do. I have harvested three doe using my Marlin 1894CL in 32-20. All three were taken with a cast 115gr RNFP traveling around 1700 fps. All with one shot and no tracking. Complete pass through and no bullet recovery. Longest shot lasered at 92 yards. Little to no meat damage. Once you have seen the killing power of relatively slow cast bullets. You will wonder why you ever used those jacketed meat grenades.
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