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Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Karate, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Karate

    Karate Well-Known Member

    I have a buddy that has traded for a handgun...it told me that it shot 32-20 ammo...I ahve never heard of this can someone fill me in and tell us where you can buy it.
  2. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

    If all else fails.... OldwesternScrounger should have it.

    What state you in ?

    Wonder if it is a S&W Hand Ejector ?

  3. Steven Mace

    Steven Mace Well-Known Member

    Karate, the .32-20 cartridge is still loaded by Winchester as their code 32201, and Remington lists theirs as number R32201. Please note that only Winchester states that their .32-20 ammunition is safe to use in revolvers & pistols. Hope this helps!

    Steve Mace
  4. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    That's good information to have, Steve. I recently bought an S&W M&P Model of 1905, 4th Change in .32-20 and got 1 box each of Remington & Winchester ammo.

    I was wondering if either or both were usable in revolvers.

    Now it looks as if I have to buy a rifle in .32-20.

    Sigh. :D


    The .32-20 is an OLD cartridge. It was introduced around 1873 for the Winchester Model 1873 rifle, and proved to be very popular as a general purpose round.

    Colt and Smith & Wesson both chambered revolvers for it in later years. Other makers, such as Remington, may have made revolvers in this caliber, but I simply don't know.

    The cartridge was once on the verge of extinction, but has made something of a comeback the last 10 to 15 years with the advent of Cowboy Action Shooting and also with NRA Handgun Silhouette, where some shooters use pretty hot loads in T/C Contenders.
  5. Paul "Fitz" Jones

    Paul "Fitz" Jones Moderator - Emeritus

    .32/20 Information

    I have converted a number of 1892 Winchesters from 32/20 to .357 magnum and had them completely refinished for my adult kids. The gunsmith objected that I was riuning their collectable value and I did not care as I had more of them. At the turn of the century they were the commpn deer caliber when deer were a lot closer to shoot at.

    I had a fellow want a deer rifle to use in Utah and his grandads 32/20 would not reach the Utah deer so sight unseen I had my son trade him a WW2 german mauser I had $25 in. I found it in my closet a year later and 30 years later I carried it to a 1992 gun show as I could not convert it.
    It was an 1894 marlin with a beautiful walnut stock, beautiful blue case hardening on the receiver and was the only weapon missing in a very large display of all marlin rifles ever made at the Redding Calif show. The buyer had tears of happiness when I walked out the door with $1,200 in cash as it was a half round half octagon barrel transition weapon and was a take down rifle to boot and that is why I could not convert it to a .357 magnum.

    I have some ammo in my collection that is flat nose Rem-Umc with a half jacket of german silver was what they called it in the 1920's. I never had the heart to shoot it as some old weapons can have their firing pins break and did on some of my 1892's collection.

    Save your collectable ammo for whenever the pistol sells as they are history with the pistol.

    Get an old lyman manual if you wish to reload for it

    John Paul
  6. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    The Lee Loading Die set has some loading information in it, but I'm not sure if it's for handguns or rifles or both.

    The latest Hornady manual also has reloading data, but unfortunately it's ONLY for rifles and only jacketed bullets.

    I can't find my current Lyman book, but I think there is some information in it for .32-20.
  7. stevelyn

    stevelyn Well-Known Member

    The current issue of Rifle has an informative article on the .32-20 and .25-20 cartridges and the rifles that were chambered for them including manufacturers of factory ammo.
  8. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

    My 50s Lyman has bout 20 loads for .32-20 Revolver.

    Think it is bout a 54-55 manual but wore the covers off over the years.

  9. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    I just read something on 32/20 from Himmelwright, a 1928 book on revolvers and pistols. Th3 32/20 revo was brought out so a guy could shoot the same thing in his revolver as his Winchester rifle. According to Himmelwright, this worked well with black powder but once they switched to smokeless, the things worked well in the rifles but not so well in the revo. I'm sure there must be some up to date data available on the 32/20 in revos. Did you consult the Lyman manual? I find that the most complete of any, especially when looking for the esoteric. Good luck! :)
  10. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    "The current issue of Rifle has an informative article on the .32-20 and .25-20 cartridges and the rifles that were chambered for them including manufacturers of factory ammo."

    I need to get me a copy of that, then.

    I have a .32-20 revolver and a Savage .25-20 rifle!


    "My 50s Lyman has bout 20 loads for .32-20 Revolver."

    What are the powders listed for the revolver loads?
  11. MonkeyMan

    MonkeyMan Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on your new gun. 32-20's are really interesting old guns. A quick word of warning though; wear good ear protection. My dad has two of the loudest handguns I've ever had the displeasure of standing next to. The worst is a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine. Right behind it is an old Colt New Police in .32-20.:what:

    Stay safe.
  12. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus


    No. 6

    90gr cast plain base................#311245
    105gr H.P. cast plain base.......#31133
    115gr cast plain base...............#3118
    80gr H.P. jacketed
    115gr jacketed.

  13. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Sam. I was just curious.

    I figured Unique and Bullseye would be there. They're standards.

    I'm sort of surprised there weren't any loads for 2400 using gas checks.
  14. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus

    2400 collumn is blank for all bullets.


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