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.32-20 wcf

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by waidmann, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. waidmann

    waidmann Well-Known Member

    New to this forum; limited reloading experience. I am about to begin reloading for .32 WCF. I have a double cavity Lyman mould. I would also like to try some semi-jackets.

    I have several revolvers but also a Husqvarna single shot to feed.

    I have been buying some of the cowboy fodder but recently acquired a box of modern Remington marked Express rifle. I realize these in vintage shells would be a no-no for the revolvers, but would Remington actually load a hot .32-20 today?

    You have the jist of it. I submit myself to the masters, loads, advice?
  2. Jesse Heywood

    Jesse Heywood Well-Known Member


    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    The 32 W.C.F. (32-20) originated as a rifle cartridge, as such, Remington markets it in boxes that are printed up in the same production run as their other rifle cartridges. "Express Rifle" is a Remington trademark name.
    I cast and load for 32-20 in four different Colt revolvers. I cast Lyman/Ideal 3118 and load it to fit the revolver. Not all my revolvers use the same load, due to age and design. It is a great old cartridge and can be very accurate and fun.
  4. squarles67

    squarles67 Well-Known Member

    The current manufacture Remington Express Rifle is relativly mild. Years ago 32-20 "High Speed" was available and these were loaded to higher pressure for rifles. I shot some of the factory Remington in my 1st gen Colt recently and it felt about the same as my reloads.

    I don't cast but I load Missouri Bullet 100 grain LRN over 2.9 grains of Bullseye or 3.5 grains of HP-38 with a Winchester SP primer. Both of these work well in my old Colt. I'm fairly new to 32-20 and the only issue I've had is the brass is very thin and easy to crush.
  5. waidmann

    waidmann Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the responses.

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