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Old January 8, 2017, 07:12 PM   #1
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32-20 Cattleman... Taylor-Tuned

Since I found a hen's-tooth 32-20 Marlin (Ducks Unlimited run -- to mix a metaphor)
it has evolved over a couple of months to shoot 1¾" groups at 100yds (AccurateMold
31-115CG(gas_check) Cast #2/IMR475/CCI#41Mag primer),
It was obviously time to match it up w/ a little brother.

`Gave a call to Taylors in Winchester on Wednesday; Yes they'd gotten a shipment of Uberti
Cattlemen in the day before; Yes they had a classic 4⅞" model; and Yes, Tom could do a
"SmokeWagon" action job on it for me.
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Would a Friday morning pickup be OK ?

........(Yeah.... right )

This morning in 21° Wx after yesterday's trials with three bullets, three powders, and bit of
front sight `tayloring' I settled on a classic load using a soft plainbase version of the Marlin bullet:



Good`Enuf I guess.

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Old January 8, 2017, 07:23 PM   #2
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Nice. What kind of velocity are you getting from the Marlin?
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Old January 8, 2017, 07:38 PM   #3
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Nice work with the Marlin - I have an 1894CL in 32-20, it's a fun gun to shoot. Is that IMR4759 that you are using? That's my favorite powder in the 32-20...

I don't have a 32-20 revolver, so I use a 32 H&R as the sidekick.
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Old January 8, 2017, 08:03 PM   #4
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Old January 12, 2017, 07:54 PM   #5
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Again, for the search engines:

Deliberately looking/developing a mild load using the fastest rise-time powder available to ensure bore seal.
POA ~ POI. Actual/measured velocity (Oehler) = 836fps

Notes:
- Alloy hardness of 30:1 is about BN-6.
- As-cast~0.310"
- Groove: 0.311"
- Sized/Lubed in 0.312" H&I die
- Cattleman cylinder throats pin gauge at a uniform 0.312";
Special Note: a 0.313" bullet (ACC 31-115GC in #2) in Starline brass is a press-fit.


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Old January 12, 2017, 10:04 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mehavey
Notes:
- Alloy hardness of 30:1 is about BN-6.
- As-cast~0.310"
- Groove: 0.311"
- Sized/Lubed in 0.312" H&I die
I must be reading this wrong. How do you size a .310" bullet in a .312" die?
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Old January 12, 2017, 10:43 PM   #7
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"Ah boys, I just can't take my rest
With this 32-20 layin up and down my breast"

Robert Johnson 32-20 Blues (I think that copyright is expired.)

Good shooting there.
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Old January 12, 2017, 11:38 PM   #8
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Great idea! I love me some 32 revolvers.

Great Robert Johnson reference, too!
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Old January 12, 2017, 11:50 PM   #9
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"Ah boys, I just can't take my rest
With this 32-20 layin up and down my breast"

Robert Johnson 32-20 Blues (I think that copyright is expired.)


32-20 Blues
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Old January 13, 2017, 12:33 AM   #10
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How do you size a .310" bullet in a .312" die?
It says Sized/LUBED in a a 0.312" H&I die.

In all seriousness, that's the point. The slightly undersize bullet, cast soft,
quickly bumps up even at relatively moderate pressure using a super-fast
rise-time powder -- and seals/stabilizes just fine.
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Old January 13, 2017, 02:09 AM   #11
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I have an original Marlin 1894 in .32-20 with a 24" Octagonal barrel. It was made in 1895. I like that rifle.

I also have a Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine in .32-20 from 1910.

I picked up a couple of Smith & Wesson Model 1905 Hand Ejectors in .32-20 to go with them. One is from 1907 and the other is from 1909.

They are all good shooters.

It's a hoot to go out and shoot guns that are over 100 years old and that shoot as well as they did when they were made.

They sure made me like the .32-20 cartridge.

I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.
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