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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-22-2019, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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32 special ?

Now that was my dads first hunting rifle he is turning 78 years young next month. Now I consider my self a gun nut but honestly have no clue about a 32 special is it a good deer round ? How does it compare to 35 Remington 30-30 etc ?


I know they older guns can you mount a scope on one ? Is ammo available? Pros cons of gun ?

Thank you for the info just looking to surprise my dad beside my sons I only hunt with him.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-22-2019, 07:27 AM
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Its a good deer round.

Hornady makes their leverevolution ammo with a 165 gr bullet in 32 spl

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/r...erevolution#!/

There's not enough difference between that & the 30-30 that any whitetail would know the difference

https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/r...erevolution#!/
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You didnít say what make and model, but donít scope it, will lower the value of the gun greatly. Good round, I own two.

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With the newer powders available the .32 spc. is quite a bit better cartridge than the 30-30 if you hand load your own cartridges. Especially with a 170 grn. bullet. Factory ammo probably about the same or a little better than the 30-30, as mentioned above not enough that a deer will know the difference.
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What ever one above has said! Great little round and rifle to have in your gun case. I would think it's a Model 94? Like I have
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When my Dad came back from WWll he bought 2 guns. A Winchester Model 94 32 Special and a Stevens 16 gauge single shot. Only 2 guns he ever owned. He took several deer with it. I have shot a bear and several deer with it without any problems. His is in perfect shape. Don't alter it at all. It's a great gun.
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My first deer rifle was a Winchester 32 special with the rabbit ear open sights. I never got to fire a round at a deer with that gun but I still shoot it every couple of years. One of these years I am going to carry it and kill a buck with it just to prove to myself that I could of. It shoots well and is a good caliber for deer.
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Model ? I would say Winchester cause on gunbroker can hardly find any marlins.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 04:14 PM
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I have a Marlin 336 in .32 caliber. It was made in 1951, same as me. I had it repaired last year, replaced broken firing pin and missing extractor spring.
I never gave much thought to using it in deer season but you've got me thinking.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-23-2019, 04:19 PM
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I meant to say its a model 336RC.
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