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Hello,

Just after sunrise this morning this big boar was nonchalantly tearing up the field a couple hundred yards from the front door of the ranch house.  Luckily he was upwind, the grass was damp from dew and drizzle and there were a few big clumps of yaupon between me and him.  I was able to get about 60 yards from him totally undetected.  The first round was into the shoulder which knocked him down and as he tried to get up the second was placed in the back of the head.  That settled him down.  Shoulders, hams, and back straps are now residing in the freezer!  Model 94, 32 WS.

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Nice boar, impressive teeth! Being edible is a nice bonus as well. Worked out quite well indeed. 

 

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Good way to start the day

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 Well done.Guess the old 32 Winchester Special is still good for something.Smile

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Very nice.  Glad there wasn’t a sounder out there. My neighbors have both had damage, but my parcel remains clean.

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Very nice.  Glad there wasn’t a sounder out there. My neighbors have both had damage, but my parcel remains clean.  

It’s been my observation that a boar of this size is generally alone or maybe with another boar. A sounder is generally sows and juveniles. Glad you haven’t had any damage, they can make a real mess of things.

 

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Nice.  I used to be able to do stuff like this when my dad was still alive and living on the farm. 

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Michael –

Very cool!  Many here know how elated I am to see that you used a .32 Special.  

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It’s been my observation that a boar of this size is generally alone or maybe with another boar. A sounder is generally sows and juveniles. Glad you haven’t had any damage, they can make a real mess of things.

 

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They make enough of a mess when there is just one of them!  I have had sounders many times and it is crazy what can happen in just one night when you have 12 to 20 hogs rooting around!

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I think as far as the 1894 calibers are concerned, the 32 WS outperforms all the rest in field performance.  I gave a hunting buddy of mine a carbine in 32ws a few years ago and load for him using the Speer hot core bullets.  He said he couldnt count how many deer, hogs, and coyotes shot with it.  One of its most redeeming traits (at least to him anyway) is the ability to shoot through the brush–they get hunters from time to time that will wound a deer, the 32WS finishes them off. 

Weve had an influx of hogs the last month or so.  My son and I took out a couple sows and a few piglets with the 38-55 and a few blasts of 12 ga buckshot at high speed in the Ranger the other day.   Their mistake for getting caught in an open pasture during the daytime.  They will do some destruction to improved pastures and it doesnt take long, just a couple of nights and they can decimate some acreage.  I try not to shoot too many of them these days, hogs and deer may be the only economical source for groceries should things get any worse. 

That old boar you got had some decent sized cutters. 

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I think as far as the 1894 calibers are concerned, the 32 WS outperforms all the rest in field performance.  I gave a hunting buddy of mine a carbine in 32ws a few years ago and load for him using the Speer hot core bullets.  He said he couldnt count how many deer, hogs, and coyotes shot with it.  One of its most redeeming traits (at least to him anyway) is the ability to shoot through the brush–they get hunters from time to time that will wound a deer, the 32WS finishes them off. 

Weve had an influx of hogs the last month or so.  My son and I took out a couple sows and a few piglets with the 38-55 and a few blasts of 12 ga buckshot at high speed in the Ranger the other day.   Their mistake for getting caught in an open pasture during the daytime.  They will do some destruction to improved pastures and it doesnt take long, just a couple of nights and they can decimate some acreage.  I try not to shoot too many of them these days, hogs and deer may be the only economical source for groceries should things get any worse. 

That old boar you got had some decent sized cutters.   

I love to hear hunting stories that corroborate my experience (and my family’s experience) with the .32 WS.  I am the only one in my family that has owned a M1894 .32 WS rifle, but plenty of .32 WS carbines owned by my uncles and cousins.  I will say all the .32 WS hunting I have done is with a carbine.

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Well done!  We’ve taken 41 hogs off our property here in Mississippi in the last month.  And that probably didn’t even make a dent. They are truly a menace, and complete hell on our roads, fields, and trails. 

love seeing that 32 as in action!

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I still have a long way to go to ever slowing them down!

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I think as far as the 1894 calibers are concerned, the 32 WS outperforms all the rest in field performance.  I gave a hunting buddy of mine a carbine in 32ws a few years ago and load for him using the Speer hot core bullets.  He said he couldnt count how many deer, hogs, and coyotes shot with it.  One of its most redeeming traits (at least to him anyway) is the ability to shoot through the brush–they get hunters from time to time that will wound a deer, the 32WS finishes them off. 

Weve had an influx of hogs the last month or so.  My son and I took out a couple sows and a few piglets with the 38-55 and a few blasts of 12 ga buckshot at high speed in the Ranger the other day.   Their mistake for getting caught in an open pasture during the daytime.  They will do some destruction to improved pastures and it doesnt take long, just a couple of nights and they can decimate some acreage.  I try not to shoot too many of them these days, hogs and deer may be the only economical source for groceries should things get any worse. 

That old boar you got had some decent sized cutters.   

The .32 special is a great woods round, my grandfathers go to gun. In a practical sense not a great deal of difference in killing power with the .30/30 in my experience. I have shot stuff with both and both work well as long as you don’t try to stretch the range. Also in my experience NOTHING is reliable shooting through brush.

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In a practical sense not a great deal of difference in killing power with the .30/30 in my experience. I have shot stuff with both and both work well as long as you don’t try to stretch the range. Also in my experience NOTHING is reliable shooting through brush.  

I highly agree with you Mike with regard to bullet performance comparison.  There is ONLY a 4.4% difference in energy at 100 yards between the two rounds.  If someone thinks that is going to make a difference they are fooling themselves.  Ad anyone who “shoots through brush” is a person sho is willing to end up with a high chance of poor shot placement and the likelihood of a lost animal.  Not someone I would hunt with.  Be patient and be willing to let it walk if you can’t do it right.

Here is the comparison between the two cartridges using identical bullet weight and types.  Zeroed in at 100yards and target distance the same.  https://ballisticscalculator.winchester.com/#!/

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mike webb said

In a practical sense not a great deal of difference in killing power with the .30/30 in my experience. I have shot stuff with both and both work well as long as you don’t try to stretch the range. Also in my experience NOTHING is reliable shooting through brush.  

I highly agree with you Mike with regard to bullet performance comparison.  There is ONLY a 4.4% difference in energy at 100 yards between the two rounds.  If someone thinks that is going to make a difference they are fooling themselves.  Ad anyone who “shoots through brush” is a person sho is willing to end up with a high chance of poor shot placement and the likelihood of a lost animal.  Not someone I would hunt with.  Be patient and be willing to let it walk if you can’t do it right.

Here is the comparison between the two cartridges using identical bullet weight and types.  Zeroed in at 100yards and target distance the same.  https://ballisticscalculator.winchester.com/#!/

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The above comparison is relevant to current times.  I think it is important to remember that during the initial years of the .32 Special, there was a wider spread in performance between it and the .30 WCF.  

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Here’s a thread where we recently discussed the .32 Special:

https://winchestercollector.org/forum/winchester-shooting-and-hunting/32-winchester-special-created-for-smokeless-and-black-powder/

An important reminder in the above thread is Brad Dunbar’s excellent article on the .32 Special in the Spring, 2015 WACA magazine.

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mike webb said

 Also in my experience NOTHING is reliable shooting through brush.  

I should have better clarified in the comments above.  From time to time either a paid hunter or a hunter on the ranch in general may wound a deer.  When tracking a wounded deer through the brush and cactus your only shot oftentimes is through some brush so to speak.  And apparently over the years there have been a number of instances where the 32 WS has been successful and fit the bill for that task.  Didnt mean to represent anything different, only to point out that its been an effective tool in dispatching wounded deer in less than optimal conditions.  I dont think anyone here, anyone I know, or any hunter in general, would necessarily take that chance under normal conditions.        

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