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315 thou projectiles for 32 20
July 21, 2020
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I have been reloading for 32 20 for a year or 2 now and couldn't get my regular polymer coated cast projectiles. There is a locally based commercial projectile caster but 32 20 wasn't on his product list, I called him and he said he could do them. He asked me to measure my current ones = 314 thou. I have the new batch, polymer coated but the coating looks thinner than the original ones and measure 315 thou. They loaded in to the cases OK over 4 grains of AP70N (= Universal or Unique).

The specifications talk about projectiles between 212 and 214 thou. It is in a model 53 lever gun from 1925. They feed through the action fine.

What do you all think? Should I load em up & pull the trigger?

July 21, 2020
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Orthoshep said

What do you all think? Should I load em up & pull the trigger?  

Absolutely, & I'll be surprised if you don't get better accuracy than with the smaller bullets.

July 24, 2020
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Great, thanks. I just hesitated as it was new territory for me.

July 28, 2020
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.315 will be no problem but, on another topic, do I have your Model 53 in the Model 53 survey? At this point, I have 933 surviving Model 53's in the survey. I would love to add your rifle to the survey (need serial number, frame type (takedown or solid), and any other special features). You can reach me at WinchesterModel53@gmail.com

July 30, 2020
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Hi Kirk, I expect you do. Serial 3741, you commented on it when I posted photos of it a year ago.

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Yes, it is in the survey. Thank you again! Let us know how accurate those bullets are when you get a chance to try them out.

August 6, 2020
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Here it is. 1 & 1/4" group at 25 metres. If I practiced, I might be able to do a bit better. Only 7 rounds with the new bullets, just test loads really, but they are going well enough.20200805_165234.jpgImage Enlarger

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August 7, 2020
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Orthoshep said
Here it is. 1 & 1/4" group at 25 metres. If I practiced, I might be able to do a bit better. Only 7 rounds with the new bullets, just test loads really, but they are going well enough.20200805_165234.jpgImage Enlarger  

Keep working at it--3 shots really doesn't make much of a "group," statistically speaking.  Until the '50s or thereabouts the standard was 10 shots, but that somehow shrank to 5 shots in most current testing.  (Think NRA tests may still use the 10 shot standard.)  1-1/4" is about what you should expect at 50 yds, & that would only be so-so, nothing to rave about.  My .32-20 HW will shoot about 2 MOA, & that's nothing to brag about either.

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Were you shooting from some sort of rest? It doesn't have to be fancy--I use my shooting bag. As Clarence mentioned, it is hard to tell from just three shots. I like a minimum of 5 shots, done a few times and then I can stack the targets, hold them up to the light, and get an idea of how 10 or 15 shot groups look. For most of my leverguns, I do my testing at 100 yards, but for the 32-20, I'm more interested in 50 yard groups. If you could get your 50 yard groups down to under 2" (five shot groups) then you'd have something usable for small game hunting. A five-shot, 1-inch group at 50 yards would be something to aim for.

August 10, 2020
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I have access to an indoor range which is 25 metres and only 6 blocks from where I work. To shoot out doors is a 45 minute drive. I had loaded 7 rounds with the new bullets, then ran out of empty cases. The first 3 were to convince myself that I wasn't going to blow anything up (on the target but not in the image posted), then the 3 you see here, then the last one, well, because I could. All the shooting was off a bench rest but the bench is very uncomfortable and the light was poor. The range is set up as a pistol range and I usually use it to practice offhand. A lot of the spread is due to operator error. It is also shooting a bit to the right. I had considered adjusting the sights but haven't actually done it. The sights have signs of significant previous adjustment, I suspect due to a barrel bulge I had fixed before I shot it the first time, and my fixing of the barrel bulge has altered the point of impact.Considered fitting a tang sight too.

As I shoot off my rounds loaded with the old bullets, they will be reloaded with the new ones. The rifle is mostly used for a Gallery Rifle comp but with Covid and being dropped off their email list I haven't shot it for a few months.

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