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32 WCF

A friend got an old (1890's) 32 WCF rifle from his uncle and is looking for ammo. Is the 32 WCF the same as the 32-20? Also, what is ths caliber good for? Small game, deer, etc.?
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Re: 32 WCF

32 Winchester center fire, about the some as a 30-30 , bigger than 32-20, a deer load.

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Re: 32 WCF

Commonly called .32 Special I believe.

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Re: 32 WCF

Should be the 32-20 Winchester.

In typical Winchester fashion, with dozens of different cartridges going back to the late 19th century, ya darn near need a playbook?

30-30=30 WCF on older arms. 32 Special is just that and nearly identical to the 30-30, but for bullet diameter.

32-40, forget, but recollect that's what it was always called?

Oddly enough, my (very) old M92 is marked 38 WCF, which later came to be called 38-40.

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Re: 32 WCF

The .32 WCF is the .32/20.....suitable for small game and vermin....will take coyotes and turkeys with properly placed shots....
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Well, we all expected you'd eventually show up with the correct answer? Else we'd insist ya just go by "Bob"?


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Re: 32 WCF

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Well, we all expected you'd eventually show up with the correct answer?

He's only take'n a break Denny. I've been keep'n the young feller busy help'n with my 110 year old Savage 99 .303 project.

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I stand corrected by a master which I hoped someone would do if I was not correct.

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LOL....was typing a response when Denny's appeared....

One of the rifles I regret selling was a 43 Special in .32/20.....

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Re: 32 WCF

32 WCF IS 32-20 about the same length as a 22 hornet, but a 32 cal bullet. Much less of a cartridge than either 30-30 or 32 Win Special. It was at one time a very popular cartridge and pistols were also chambered for it. (still are but rare)

It was a great small game cartridge and with proper placement has taken deer sized animals. Some of the new 17 RF's are actually more powerful but mostly due to the much higher speed. As I recall a Pa Whitetail record was shot with a 32-20 and it was decades until the record was beat.

The cartridges appear straight in first glance but actually have a slight bottleneck.

The 32 WCF is a 25-20 (25wcf)enlarged to take a 32 cal bullet. The 22 hornet is basically the 25-20 necked down to 22. All three evolved from the old 25-20 Single Shot. a slightly longer narrower cartridge.

Antique hand held reloading tools, commonly called nut crackers, for the 32-20 are pretty reasonable on the on-line auction sites. (Maybe $30 incl shipping.) Some of the tools come with a integral mold and do everything necessary to prime, size and crimp the case. They easily fit into saddle bags for reloading on the trail.

The 32-20 was also popular in single shots.

Somebody mentioned the 32-40, which is a really peculiar shaped case about as long as the 30-30. It is almost a long cone shape, not bottlenecked. The 32-40 was an exceptionally accurate 200 yard offhand cartridge. Harry Pope built 32-40 and 33-40 guns that would shoot groups under 2 inches at 200 yds.

The Winchester John Wayne Comm Model 94 was chambered in 32-40 and briefly caused a resurgence of interest in that cartridge.

The 32-20 is popular again due to Cowboy action shooting. The cases are easy to reload, have a mild recoil and a lot of original lever guns were chambered for it.
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