View Full Version : Does anybody make 32 or 36 cal.

February 15, 2005, 09:19 PM
I'd like to have one for plinking. Less Lead, less powder. Less noise? It just sounds like fun.

With all the talk of bad barrels I wonder if the smaller caliber would make that problem go away.

February 17, 2005, 09:29 PM
There is a company that makes .36 underhammers, just go to search and type"underhammer rifles", then search.
They are about $250.
Don :)

February 18, 2005, 01:38 AM
A search brought up http://www.arms2armor.com/blkpwdr/longarms.htm (among others) Scroll to near the bottom of the page. There is a Traditions Crockett rifle in .32 and a Traditions Shenandoah in .36
Traditions site is at www.traditionsmuzzle.com

February 21, 2005, 01:45 PM
I liked my CVA .36 so much I gave it to my granddaughter. :D


February 21, 2005, 04:27 PM
Thanks guys. I ended up running down a 36 and look forward to a lot of fun shooting with it. It should do well at the range I have to shoot in (around 50 yards max), with a minimum bother to neighbors. Should be pretty cheap to shoot too except I've seen listings calling for .350 ball and others for up to .357 ball or cast bullets. Have to find out what the bore diameter actually is. Maybe they're talking about patched or unpatched balls.

March 12, 2005, 02:32 AM
Cabelas has a rifle called the "Blue Ridge" it is offered in everything from
.32 to .54 cal. I just ordered a 32. My cousin has had a .36 cal model for
about 2yrs and it is one hell of a shooter. His is in perc, mine is comming in flint.

March 13, 2005, 09:56 AM
I bought a Green Mountain .32 barrel for my .54 TC Hawken last year. It actually fit better than the stock TC barrel! Fifteen to thirty grains of FFF and a patched round ball makes for a lot of cheap fun. It's quite accurate out to about forty yards or so, but after that, groups really start opening up.

March 15, 2005, 11:54 PM
I bought some .36 TC Maxiballs from Fox Ridge Outfitters,
(They operate the TC Custom Shop in N.H.). Although I've yet to try them, I'm hoping that they will extend the effective target range & accuracy of my .36 rifles just as these conicals do for the larger calibers.

March 16, 2005, 01:25 AM
Funny how these smaller calibers are so hard to find now. In their day they were the norm.

March 17, 2005, 01:45 AM
In my home state of Connecticut as well as in some of the other Northeastern states they have instituted new special hunting regulations/seasons which legalize using .36 and smaller caliber muzzle loading rifles for shooting small game on state land where only .22 LR or shotguns were permitted before. Only roundballs are allowed in this state for small game though, in order to limit the projectile range and lethality with respect to humans and to deter deer poaching I suspect. So, as other states have instituted similar rules, Traditions and other companies have increased their .32 + .36 caplock offerings from what I understand.

March 18, 2005, 09:11 PM
I have a H&A repro underhammer in .36, the .34 ball is only 50gr and gives 1 1/2 " at 25 yds.
I modified 105 and 150 gr wad cutters into hollow base conicals by boreing the bases out in my minilathe , the bullets, lubed with LBT soft blue or liquid alox, give me 3/4" or smaller groups at 25 yds at 1400 fps with 35gr 777, the 150, now 130gr and 1500 fps , the 105, now 85gr. bullets with 30gr 777.
A real improvement over the 50gr ball.
Don :D

May 1, 2005, 11:45 AM
I ended up getting a 36 CVA and look forward to shooting it this summer. The reason I chose it was after reading a lot of folks have trouble with more fouling with the 32 caliber. May or may not be true but the 36 is now mine and I'm sure I can live with it okay. Not much to benefit from second guessing now. For me it's fun shooting. Not for hunting, not for PC, not for aesthetics. It just has to work.

Went to the castbullet.com site and I'm going to make a possibles bag and patches for it and hope I can find some firesights that hopefully work better with my old eyes. Like I said, for me it's a fun gun.

May 1, 2005, 10:07 PM
I can assure you, the .36 even with a patched ball, is plenty good for small game.
I get plenty of velocity, 1400+ fps with 30gr 777 with a ball and about the same with a hollow base SWC that weighs about 85gr, going up to 35 gr did not help the accuracy, actually going down to 25 gr did help, still 1250 fps.
The SWC is about twice as accurate as the patched ball, less than 1" at 25yd compared to 1 1/2" for the ball.
You really should try it on a chuck or two if they are available where you are