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Old September 12, 2008, 12:43 PM   #8
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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The .32-40 never had the word "Special" attached to it. IIRC the Marlins in that caliber were marked simply ".32-40".

Also, while the .32 Special looks like the .30 Winchester Center Fire (.30-30), they are separate cartridges and are not interchangeable. The .32 Special came about because many shooters and hunters liked the .32 caliber. Ballistically nearly identical to the .30-30, it also allowed Winchester to use the same drilling and rifling tooling they used for the .32-20 (.32 Winchester Center Fire) but for a more powerful cartridge. As the .30-30 gained wide acceptance, the .32 Special declined, though many old timers swore it was a lot more powerful than the .30-30.

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