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1885 .32 IDEAL
March 14, 2021
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Great Low Wall!  I’ve got one in .25-20 SS coming, if the seller will ever ship it.  

On the Pawn Stars show, I didn’t like it from the start.  Just the name of the show trying to be a play on porn stars, kind of like Shitz Creek or whatever torques me off.  But last year at a Navy reunion my buddies and I had to go see the shop.  Very underwhelming, about as big as half my garage.  I’ve been to garage sales that have better stuff.  Basically – it’s a prop for the TV show.  Best gun line they use?  “We won’t know what it’s worth til we SHOOT it!”  Be it a priceless Patterson or original Hawkin….these guys are hacks.  

March 14, 2021
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TXGunNut said
Back to the OP, that’s an interesting cartridge. 150 grain bullet nudged out of the case by 26 grains of powder? Sounds like a good prospect for garden or chicken coop pest control or short range target work. Could be fun.

Stevens’ idea in designing this cartridge, when there were already a multitude of RF & CF .32s to choose from, was to use it as a means for restoring shot out bores in the older .32s, reboring being a Stevens specialty.  (Any makes were accepted.)  .313″ was the nominal bore dia. for most of these other .32s, so the Ideal was given a .323″ bore to allow for reboring smaller bores, the largest of any of the so-called .32s.

But short range (100 yds) target work was also one of its intended purposes.

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