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Anybody reload the 32-40?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by rondaxe, Oct 1, 2012.

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  1. rondaxe

    rondaxe Member

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    I've got a few recipes, one using H4985 16 grs. at 1409 ft. per sec. with a max of 22 grs. at 1864, both using 170 gr. flat nose. Anybody ever use the Hornady FXT bullets? Any help would be great, thanks.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    SO many questions, not enough answers.

    Are we talking:
    32-40 Remington?
    32-40 Ballard?
    32-40 Winchester?
    32-40 Bullard?

    And more importantly, what kind of rifle????

    Assuming 32-40 Winchester.
    17.0 grains IMR-4198 with a 165 grain bullet should be considered a MAX load.

    As for the FTX pointy bullets??

    I wouldn't waste my time or money on them, as the velocity you can attain with the caliber would offer no advantage of a slightly flatter trajectory with a pointy spitzer Nerf ball bullet.

    I would also question if you could drive them fast enough with the 32-40 Win MAX load to get them to expand on game at other then point-blank range.

    rc
     
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    It's a Winchester 94, according to the serial number search it was made in 1906, with a 26" half octagon barrel. I have about 60 rounds made in the 80's by Winchester, is there any way to find out what there load is? I've been told to hang it on the wall, but it shots great and I would love to kill a deer with it. It belonged to my great grandfather, who won it in a poker game from a New York state senator while hunting in the Adirondack mountains many years ago, or so the story goes. Shells are actually pretty easy to find, but pricey, so if I want to shot it much, I will have to reload. Thanks for the reply RC.
     
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    No.

    The 94 Winchester is a relatively strong action as lever-actions go, so you might consider the following:

    Hornady or Speer 170 grain .32 Special Flat-Point bullet.
    IMR-3031 powder.
    26.5 grains MAX.

    H-4895
    28.0 grains MAX.

    You may run into OAL problems for proper feeding using any current bullet with the .32 Spl cannelure location. So be forewarned you may need a CH cannelure tool to cut a new on in a different location on the bullet for proper OAL length.

    As always, Reduce 10% and work up to MAX.

    rc
     
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    Thanks RC, I've got someplace to start. I'll start low and try to work up a good load.
     
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    i would shoot cast bullets in it
     
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