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Thread: Raccoon Hunting With a Iver Jonson 32

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    Jun 2005
    NW Ohio

    Raccoon Hunting With a Iver Jonson 32

    A month or so back I bought a couple of old pistols at a farm auction
    It was a group of guns at the end that no one had bid on ,$20 for 3 old revolvers and 2 H&R single shot rifles
    After no one bid on the lot , I said $20 and no one else bid

    One of the revolvers was a Iver Jonson break top 32 S&W short
    They gave me a box of Bullets , powder , brass , ammo and dies for the guns
    All the powder was old and the cans were open , so I spreaded it in the garden

    I had some 80 gr cast bullets , so I loaded up some of the 32 S&W short
    The revolver was tight , but in need of a good cleaning
    But I still loaded what was listed as about starting load ,a Black Powder safe load

    We started Crop Damage raccoon trapping July 1
    I ran the traps this morning
    The field corn is shoulder high , but no ears

    So we have the traps along the creek and on the side of the woods
    60 Dog Proof traps and 12 snares
    The catch was 6 adult raccoons and 3 young of the year in the traps
    Nothing in the snares

    I wanted to try the 32 revolver out
    I shot them through the chest and the bullet exited the raccoon
    I figure that was the first time in a long time that the revolver had been shot
    So I was not worried about the eagles getting any lead

    So I gave the 3 young of the year to a guy that wanted some to eat
    The 6 adult Raccoon were put out next to the lane and the eagles were there with in 20 min
    They each made several trips , I bet to feed the young ones in the nest

    I will set some snares for coyote using raccoon for bait
    Coyotes , eagles and buzzards clean up the raccoon
    So non of the dead raccoon will go to waste

    Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    And I carry a SIG

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    Boolit Grand Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    May 2013
    over the hill, out in the woods and far away
    Great score! Would love to read a followup post on your loads and to see pictures posted.
    The ENEMY is listening.
    HE wants to know what YOU know.
    Keep it to yourself.

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    Nov 2009
    I got a similar little Iver Johnson top break a few years ago. Starting load in the Lyman manual was 1.1 grains of Bullseye and I can assure you that a Lyman 55 will throw a charge that small with monotonous accuracy.

    I like the little .32s but I haven't shot that one sine then.

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    Jan 2006
    Warren, MI
    I have an Iver Johnson that is black powder rated. They are pretty cool guns. I had no idea that they used a transfer bar 100 years ago.

    I havenít tried smokeless in it. It is missing a front sight so I need to add that. It shoots about 3í high at 10 yds without the sight. Yes, that is feet.

    It would be fun to watch the eagles feed.

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    Boolit Master Thumbcocker's Avatar
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    Oct 2007
    East Central Illinois
    There were Iver Johnson ads in magazines with the slogan "hammer the hammer " with an accompanying illustration. It may have been the company slogan.
    You'll go far providin' you ain't burnt alive or scalped."

    Will Geer as Bear Claw in "Jeramiah Johnson"

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    Mar 2005
    SW Montana
    Great $20 pick up. The 32 anythings are underrated by too many.
    [The Montana Gianni] Front sight and squeeze

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    Boolit Master Tripplebeards's Avatar
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    Apr 2017
    I have an old young American 32. I bought some place powder equivalent loads and tried it out the summer before last. It taught me to wear eye protection. I want at the time and had a couple pieces of primer imbedded into my check just below my eye. One more half inch and I’m sure I would have lost my sight. The firing pin built into the hammer is to long and pierced my primers. I think I placed an old post with pics the summer before load there. Be careful not to do what I did.

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    Apr 2017
    Here an old 4th of July add for mine ...

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