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    32-20? It's no surprise...

    It's no surprise the 32-20 still has a loyal following and has since inception in 1882 as the 32 WCF.



    Colt brought out the SAA in 32wcf in 1884 and in the Bisley in 1894. From the beginning with the Winchester '73 it was a cartridge that did day to day yeoman's work in the rifles and then as a easy and cheap to shoot round in the handguns, where it would eventually also excel as a target round.



    Hard caliber not to like in a SAA. Most people sour of the 32-20 SAA just by handling it. But once you start shooting any length SAA in 32-20 you can easily gain a fair respect for the gun and the caliber. Weight and balance concerns of a 32-20 barreled SAA melt away just as easy as the memory of a hard recoiling 45 Colt will.

    There is a reason the 32-20 is considered by some as the first magnum handgun round. Lot of gun in a small package!

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    WOW great pics and my fav cal in SAA

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    Another interesting post with great pictures Yahoody. Beautiful engraved guns with outstanding grips!

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    Thanks Joe. We were discussing loading for the 32wcf in the loading forum here and I wanted a few photos of the ammo I load, some good targets and the guns. I had intended to photograph our blue and cased guns with my one piece walnut on them. But I had pulled out Tracy's engraved guns by mistake. The ivory, blueing and engraving actually took my breath away when I pulled them unexpectantly out of the gun bags. At that point I figured a few good photos to share were mandatory

    Here is the flip side to that pair..



    and the old mellowed ivory prior to refitting them and blueing the guns





    they do shoot...

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    Yikes!
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    There was even a song about .32-20s!

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0H_5PSNokk

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    I recall reading that the cartridge for the M-1 carbine was inspired by the 32WCF
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    Quote Originally Posted by cloverleaf
    I recall reading that the cartridge for the M-1 carbine was inspired by the 32WCF

    In a Winchester '92 or its clones or a Marlin 94 you can bump the 32-20 up to around 30 Carbine specs. 115gr at 1850fps. I've done something similar many times using a 115gr, gas checked, lead bullet. At those speeds it will shoot through a lot of meat. 30 Carbine ball ammo specs are, 110gr @ 1990 ft per sec. The 30 Carbine was based on the earlier .32 self loading. Close enough I think Good stuff thank you Clover!

    "Shortly before World War II, the U.S. Army started a "light rifle" project to provide support personnel and rear area units more firepower and accuracy than the standard issue M1911A1 .45 ACP handgun, and weigh half as much as a M1 Garand rifle or the .45 Thompson submachine gun.
    The .30 Carbine cartridge was developed by Winchester and is basically a rimless .30 caliber (7.62 mm) version of the much older .32 Winchester Self-Loading cartridge of 1906 introduced for the Winchester Model 1905 rifle.[6] The .30 Carbine uses a lighter bullet and more modern powder. As a result, it is approximately 600 feet per second faster and 27% more powerful than its parent cartridge. The .30 Carbine's relatively straight case and the rounded nose of its bullet led some to believe it was designed for use in pistols."
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    Only 32-20 I have is this old winchester 92.
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    Here's my .32-20 shipped in 1919...
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