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Ballard Union Hill Rifle

So, I have one of these, or should I say, I have access to one that is in the immediate family. It says it was made by the marlin firearm company. There's no model no. on it, but I think it's a number 8. It's chambered in 32-40. I wanted to try and take it out in deer season, to sort of carry on the family tradion of harvesting game with it(It's been in the family since it was new). I was only able to come up with one factory offering which is from 10x. It's a 170gr lead pill fired at 1700 fps. Does anyone have any info experience on these old rifles, or the chambering itself? From the research I've done, it seems like it would be sufficient to kill a deer with a reasonbly close, well placed shot, assuming I can even find some ammo for it.

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Re: Ballard Union Hill Rifle

You lucky dog!
First 32-40 is and always was a target cartridge. It has a strange curved side shape unlike anything else made in the US. I had a Stevens 44 schuetzen model with DST's in 32-40 years ago.

The ammo had a brief resurgence in the late 1970's because Winchester came out with a John Wayne commemorative model 94 in 32-40.

The Ballard action is NOT very strong and no heavy duty loads should be tried in it.

Barnes' Cartridges of the World says the cartridge was introduced in 1884. He says it is barely marginal for deer. And warns not to use high velocity loads in the Baqllard or Stevens 44 actions. He lists the factory loads as 1440 Ft/sec MV and 760 ft lbs muz energ. The 30-30 comes in at 2410 ft/sec MV and 1930 ft/lbs mz energ.

32-40 is still popular among some Cowboy actions shooters. You may have to go to a specialty place like Buffalo Arms for Cartridges, although some older gun shops probably have a dusty box or two on the shelf.
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Re: Ballard Union Hill Rifle

Buffalo Arms offers both empty cases and loaded ammo (premium price for loaded ammo) their web site says 84 cents a piece for empty Winchester cases, currently on back order but expected yet in September.

Chuck Dixon carries a fair supply of old ammo and reloading stuff. Try calling Dixon's Muzzleloader shop

Also check the big on-line gun auction.

http://www.buffaloarms.com/Brass_32-....aspx?CAT=3841
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Re: Ballard Union Hill Rifle

Sounds about like 357 ballistics. It will kill a deer if you don't try to push the limits.

The deer didn't disappear.... the 250,000 guys who used to walk around and make the deer move did.
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Re: Ballard Union Hill Rifle

Think this would work for ammo?

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/443897/...point-box-of-20

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