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I had traded off my Winchester 94 Pre-64 30-30 years ago and decided I'd go on the search for a replacement. I happen to find one at a mom and pop gun store locally. It looks almost brand new with a manufactured date of 1961. Owner said it had a half box of shells shot through it. The caliber is one I'm not to familiar with. It's a 32 Win Special. I did find shells for it fairly easy since they are still being prouduce by Hornady and Federal. I'll be using it this coming rifle season. I did find out that the 32 Win Spl kicks a bit on the bench. Maybe I'm getting a bit soft in my old age?

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I had a 1948 M94 in .30 WCF with a period Redfield aperture sight that was as clean as that one. I killed a couple deer with it and swapped it to my dad because he really wanted it. Dad killed several deer with it and then traded it on a Browning BLR 81 .308. The workmanship of those old firearms is hard to find today.
 

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If any readers of this thread have some experience with the 32 Win Spl caliber let's hear it.
I don't have any personal experience with the .32 Special, but it was introduced at the same time as the .30/30 Winchester, because Winchester figured that folks who reloaded with black powder would like it better than the .30/30, which was never a B/P gun. According to Ken Water's Pet Loads book, it's a lot easier to load with cast bullets and get good results, but Waters wasn't shy about doing that with the .30/30, either, and got good results with both cartridges. The slower twist rate in the .32 barrels did make it easier for normal folks who weren't up to Waters' skills, though, and it also didn't get fouled as easily with black powder as a 30/30 would. Ballistics are essentially equal to the .30/30, so you're not out much,
However, once they get a lot of wear in the barrel, they lose accuracy a lot quicker (again, with black powder) and don't stabilize the bullets very well. I wouldn't worry about that too much, you'll never shoot it enough for that to happen, it might have been a factor in the 19teens, but with todays' bullets, who cares?
I don't think I'd even bother with reloading for it, they've had nearly 130 years to get the factory ammo right (just like the .30/30), and it's not worth the effort. Heck, as much as I like handloading, I don't reload for my 30/30, it's not worth the effort.
In any event, the .32 was for reloaders who were going to use black powder, and you're probably not going to bother with that, so it's moot. I would, if at all possible, try to find a reprint of the Water's Pet Loads book, though the data is really dated now, it's still awfully useful and there will be excellent information in it. My copy of it is all worn out from reading the print clean off the pages.:giggle:
 

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Nice. Guessing you haven't shot it yet?

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I shot two rounds of the 170 grain Federal at 50 yards. I think it must have been sighted in for 100 yards since it hit 2 inches high at 50. Using the iron sights the target was a bit fuzzy for these 73 year old eyes. My doctor said I should have my eyesight checked since I'm diabetic.
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My brother has my dad's 32 special. He killed a lot of deer with it over the years. My brother reloads for it, although brass can be difficult to find.
Could a reloader use 30-30 brass or would that be stretching things to far?

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..30-30 brass can be resized up to the dimensions required for the 32 Win Spl but NOT the other way around. I doubt I will venture into reloading for this rifle like I do for other rifles I shoot more frequently. I'll just buy 4 or 5 factory boxes and say that's good
 
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