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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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32/20 for hunting

does anyone on here hunt with a 32/20?
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post #2 of 58 (permalink) Old 08-26-2012, 11:37 AM
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Re: 32/20 for hunting

Killed a turkey years ago. The 32-20 is very marginal for anything over 40 lb or so

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Re: 32/20 for hunting

Have a Savage 23 sporter in one.No scope.Have taken it for deer but have not had a chance at one yet.
Here is 50yd groups.The black is a traced bottom of a soup can.

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Re: 32/20 for hunting

I shot a deer about 4 years ago with a .25-20, short range
neck shot.
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Re: 32/20 for hunting

great for fall turkey and coyotes and smaller game.
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Re: 32/20 for hunting

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I shot a deer about 4 years ago with a .25-20, short range
neck shot.
I've often thought a Marlin 25-20 would be a fun calling rifle for coyotes in the thick stuff. Never wanted a 32-20, looses steam fast after 50 yards.

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Re: 32/20 for hunting


i am going to use one for deer this year
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Re: 32/20 for hunting

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i am going to use one for deer this year

The .25-20 and .32-20 carried a great reputation for wounding deer in the old days. Deer cartridges began at .38-40.
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Re: 32/20 for hunting

Factory loads with the 80 grain bullet were capable of 780 ft lb muzzle energy according to Cartridges of the world. Barnes says "much too underpowered for deer" Although in a strong action with hand loads, it was possible to reach 1,000 ft lbs of ME.

As I recall, the PA buck record for several decades (1920s to 1950's) was a deer shot with a 32-20.

I have a single shot Australian cadet rifle in 32-20 that is quite accurate. I use it once in a while for groundhogs.
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Re: 32/20 for hunting

The PA buck record for many years was Floyd Reibsons 174" bruiser killed with a .303 Savage in Hillsgrove in 1931.
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