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32-20 Loads
February 10, 2014
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Have recently purchased a Model 92 32-20 rifle, mfd. in 1912. The bore is mint and I am in the process of loading some shells. I have new Winchester brass and Hornady 100 gr .32 .312" XTP bullets, I need primers, some suggest small rifle primers while others suggest pistol primers, any thoughts here? How about suggestions for powder? I am really looking forward to shooting this one. Thanks!

February 10, 2014
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Hello

Win 38-55 will probably have the best and most complete information for you. You may look further down the list of posts in this section of the forum for some of his "range reports"

Can I get more info on your rifle so that I can add it into my survey?
1892 Survey
http://www.levergunscommunity.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=27559&p=343093&hilit=1892+survey#p343093

http://forums.gunbroker.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=606355

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February 10, 2014
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I have been shooting 32-20 in a 92 OBR with good results with IMR 4227 and the 100 XTP, WSR primer. Older loading books suggest higher amounts , up to 14 gr. ,but modern books have reduced the Max.
I have used 13.5 gr , and 100 XTP in a 73 Uberti (weaker action) with good results @ 300 Meters. and like this powder as it shoots the flattest of any loads tested at the longer distances so far, and is accurate at all distances
Great cartridge , pleasant to shoot

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February 15, 2014
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These loads we shoot in a ’73 that is accurate with jacketed bullets, but wild with lead bullets. With lead, we add filler to achieve excellent accuracy. When the powder shortage hit, we were just beginning to try powders that would give a pressure curve similar to that of black powder. You have many powders to choose from for your rifle.

These loads are weak compared to what you can shoot out of your ’92.

Speer .312 100gr. Jacketed Hollow Point–3.4 gr Titegroup. CCI Small Rifle Primer.

Oregon Trail Laser-Cast .313 115gr. Lead Flat Point–8.3 gr AA1680–approx 3.3 gr Original Shot Buffer. CCI Small Rifle primer.

Some powders will need a Small Rifle Magnum primer. Before you load and shoot your ammunition, be certain to check all loads in an up-to-date manual.

Since you now have a .32-20 rifle, you’ll need a revolver to go with it. Ruger Buckeye Convertible .32-20/.32H&R magnum.

February 15, 2014
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Thanks for the replies, I have actually started to glean more info that I can ever use from several sources on the internet. I have had some reloading equipment for quite awhile now but of course lacked bullets, powder and cases and small rifle primers and dies for 32-20. Lastly I needed a small rifle primer cup and spring for my RCBS Rock Chucker press.

Reloading supplies seem to be quite scarce around Iowa City, Iowa so I had to do some internet buying and take a road trip to Cedar Rapids for powder. I am going to be pushing a .312 XTP bullet with AA NO. 9 powder out of new Winchester Brass. All I need is that small primer cup which RCBS is gonna send me free of charge. I will let you know how all of this works out.

February 15, 2014
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I just mic’d 100 new Winchester cases they break down to the following based on 1.315 case length. I hope I wrote the fraction right 31 of them are 30,000th of an inch short etc. etc. They are all short.

31 .030 short
10 .032
10 .033
7 . .034
24 .035
7 .036
7 .037
2 .038
1 . 039
1 .042

February 25, 2014
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If you are concerned about the shortness, measure a few, lube them, and run them up the sizing die. Measure again. I think the die stretches them a bit. –I’ve loaded all of my .32-20 cases, so I can’t measure them to give you more solid advice.

The place you will notice case length differences will be at the seating/crimping die. In setting your die, make sure your crimp is in the cannelure. Your old rifle might not show any difference on your target from loads that are crimped at the front of the cannelure and those that are crimped at the rear of it. Your reloading manual will give you the cartridge’s suggested over-all length and how much fudging is acceptable for the cartridge.

Use the powder weights supplied in the manual as a guide, not as gospel. If you are wanting a hot load, start below the load you think you will use and work up to it.

Before loading too many, test them in the rifle. Do they cycle easily from the magazine to the chamber?–Too long, they won’t come up. Does the bolt close easily with them in the chamber?–A heavy/bulbous crimp, they won’t slip easily into the neck of the chamber.

Do you know this already?

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I have used Unique in my 53 with 90 gr sierras. It will do an inch and a half at a 100 yds. if I do my part. I would think the Hornadays will do as well. Start low and work up. Do use rifle primers as the 92 action will strike pretty hard. I use rem or fed.primers.

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