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Thread: 25/20 vs 32-20 Which one?

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    True,, but try to find that today, outside of collector ammo sources. It was in the 25,000 psi pressure range, which blew up old revolvers and even 1873 Winchesters.

    https://www.chuckhawks.com/32-20.htm

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    Don’t have a 32 20, but love my 1906 Winchester 1892 in 25 20. No wrong answer here.

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    I would have to lean toward the 32 WCF. I have both (25 WCF, 32 WCF)and shoot them in bolt, lever guns and pumps. Not much difference from what I see till ya get past 100 yds. or so. Then I think the .32 just shines.

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    sghart ... have you made a decision?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy View Post
    sghart ... have you made a decision?

    I am leaning towards the 32-20. I should know in 2 or 3 days.

    Thank you all for your input. As usual it was all informative and thought provoking. I see the merits of both but the 32-20 gets my vote.


    Steve in N CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by uscra112 View Post
    True,, but try to find that today, outside of collector ammo sources. It was in the 25,000 psi pressure range, which blew up old revolvers and even 1873 Winchesters.

    https://www.chuckhawks.com/32-20.htm

    Modern rifles can stand it, but you'll have to handload to get there today.

    The lawyers have spoken.
    This is the rifle I was using it in. It was in much better condition back then. I have not seen it since the summer of 1967. Click image for larger version. 

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    UPDATE!!!

    I decided to buy this Marlin 1894 in 32-20. It was built in 1899 according to the serial number. It has been restored and from the photos it looks pretty good. It was a little extravagant maybe but it is my retirement gift to myself after 32 years with the same outfit.

    Thanks to everyone for their input. It was a big help. Now I have to look for brass, etc. I think I have a set of dies out in the shed but I'm not sure.

    Steve in N CA

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    Nice! Congratulations.

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    buy starline brass from starline direct free shipping great brass out of stock just checked
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    Good for you. If your going to cast with it, some have issues using Lyman’s classic 311008 bullet with smokeless powder as it doesn’t have a crimp groove. A friend of mine uses lee’s 93 grain RN in his original 73 with good luck.

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    Well done, sg. I cannot imagine that you won't be happy with it. Now, once you get that one all figgered out and shooting well, you'll need the 25-20....just 'cause!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharps4590 View Post
    Well done, sg. I cannot imagine that you won't be happy with it. Now, once you get that one all figgered out and shooting well, you'll need the 25-20....just 'cause!!!
    Already working on it! Ha!


    Steve in N CA

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    That's a nice looking rifle , not being a collector the refinish wouldn't bother me either .
    I like the early rifles better myself as well .
    Congrats

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    Nice looking rifle there Steve- I have had both and far/away prefer the 32-20 to the 25. Have had a turn of century Marlin, currently have the classic model (mine shoots well) and the Ruger Buckeye special. The 25 was a 92 reline which just didn't have the same feel. My go-to is the 311-316 NOE just under 5 grains of unique.

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    Growing up in SW Michigan there was a running debate which caliber was the better. It all comes down to what critters do you intend to hunt.
    50 pound racoons, groundhogs and yotes are tough old beasts and need far more thwap than a 20 pound ground hog and those wabbits and tree rats. Throw in the occasional corn cruncher or repel boarders the caliber .32 is going to hit harder always.
    But if paper, cans and hanging stuff are mainly plinked it does not make any difference at all.
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