Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

Welcome to the Leverguns.Com Forum. This is a high-class place so act respectable. We discuss most anything here ... politely.

Moderators: Hobie, AmBraCol

Forum rules
Welcome to the Leverguns.Com General Discussions Forum. This is a high-class place so act respectable. We discuss most anything here other than politics... politely.

Please post political post in the new Politics forum.
Post Reply
Message
Author
Shrapnel
Levergunner 2.0
Posts: 473
Joined: Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:21 pm

Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#1 Post by Shrapnel » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:44 pm

Chasing these critters around with old guns and iron sights makes the hunt more worthwhile. I spent the morning spotting for deer and seeing a few. I did get within range of a nice 4 point, but he took off at the last second and went around a hill.

I followed where he went, got distracted and had to go back in search of him. I found this buck bedded and snuck up on him from the downwind side to about 100 yards. I stuck the rifle over the ridge, he caught the movement and stood up. I shot him through the heart and liver with a 180 grain grease groove round nose bullet...

Image

Image

Merle
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 710
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:40 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#2 Post by Merle » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:49 pm

Shrapnel wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:44 pm
Chasing these critters around with old guns and iron sights makes the hunt more worthwhile. I spent the morning spotting for deer and seeing a few. I did get within range of a nice 4 point, but he took off at the last second and went around a hill.

I followed where he went, got distracted and had to go back in search of him. I found this buck bedded and snuck up on him from the downwind side to about 100 yards. I stuck the rifle over the ridge, he caught the movement and stood up. I shot him through the heart and liver with a 180 grain grease groove round nose bullet...

Image

Image
nice deer - and nicer rifle!!! :D
Merle from PA

M. M. Wright
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 3659
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:57 pm
Location: Vinita, I.T.

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#3 Post by M. M. Wright » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:21 am

Nice job man, and a lovely rifle.
M. M. Wright, Sheriff, Green county Arkansas (1860)
Currently living my eternal life.
NRA Life
SASS
ITSASS

piller
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 8909
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:49 pm
Location: South of Dallas

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#4 Post by piller » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:30 am

Not being able to get time off during Flu Season, I can't do any deer hunting. Congratulations.
D. Brian Casady
Quid Llatine Dictum Sit, Altum Viditur.
Advanced is being able to do the basics while your leg is on fire---Bill Jeans
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up---Robert Frost

User avatar
earlmck
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2878
Joined: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:10 am
Location: pert-neer middle of Oregon

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#5 Post by earlmck » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:43 am

Dang, that makes me smile to see that fine old rifle put back to its intended use. Good job Shrapnel!
The greatest patriot...
is he who heals the most gullies.
Patrick Henry

JRD
Levergunner 1.0
Posts: 94
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:28 am

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#6 Post by JRD » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:48 am

Well done Shrapnel. I enjoy seeing your hunt reports with vintage rifles.
Jason

Bill in Oregon
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 5125
Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:05 am
Location: Alamogordo, NM

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#7 Post by Bill in Oregon » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:29 am

Wow! Cast boolit out of a .32-40! Very well done sir! 8) 8) 8)

User avatar
Grizz
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 7020
Joined: Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:15 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#8 Post by Grizz » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:38 am

great scene for the photo too. looks like a perfect hunt. with perfect equipment. time for some tenderloin over the camp fire...

User avatar
gamekeeper
Spambot Zapper
Posts: 12056
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:32 pm
Location: The wrong side of the pond.

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#9 Post by gamekeeper » Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:19 am

Congratulations Shrapnel, that's hunting as it should be alright.. :D
From his weapons on the open road no man should step one pace away, you don't know for certain when you're out on the road when you might have need of your spear.
Havamal ( Viking collection of common sense )

User avatar
ollogger
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2392
Joined: Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:47 pm
Location: Wheatland Wyoming
Contact:

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#10 Post by ollogger » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:11 pm

As always a great photo with a awesome gun!
Is the body on that buck that big or is it just that kind of a photo ?




Brad

User avatar
OldWin
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 3206
Joined: Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:38 pm
Location: Maine

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#11 Post by OldWin » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:26 pm

Very nice. I have a solid frame rifle in 32-40 but have never shot any game with it.
"Oh Bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered another round.

User avatar
Rusty
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 9141
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:37 pm
Location: Central Fla

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#12 Post by Rusty » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:15 pm

Nice pictures of a beautiful rifle.
If you're gonna be stupid ya gotta be tough-
Isiah 55:8&9

It's easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled.

User avatar
AJMD429
Posting leader...
Posts: 25325
Joined: Sun Sep 09, 2007 10:03 am
Location: Hoosierland
Contact:

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#13 Post by AJMD429 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:22 pm

Cool.

I think of how many 'deer-capable' rifles (and handguns) I have, that I will probably never get a deer with, because I've my favorites, plus a few 'must-use' ones.
Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws
"first do no harm" - gun control LAWS lead to far more deaths than 'easy access' ever could.


Want REAL change? . . . . . "Boortz/Nugent in 2012 . . . ! "

fordwannabe
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2481
Joined: Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:52 am
Location: Womelsdorf PA

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#14 Post by fordwannabe » Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:53 pm

Any more details on the load and the rifle? Year of manufacture, any history?
a Pennsylvanian who has been accused of clinging to my religion and my guns......Good assessment skills.

Shrapnel
Levergunner 2.0
Posts: 473
Joined: Sun Nov 27, 2011 9:21 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#15 Post by Shrapnel » Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:22 pm

fordwannabe wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:53 pm
Any more details on the load and the rifle? Year of manufacture, any history?
It was made in 1897. The 32-40 and 38-55 were the first chamberings in the model 1894 and they were loaded with black powder, the 25-35 and 30-30 came in 1895 as the first smokeless cartridges for th 1894. I took a picture of the 32-40 between the 25-35 and the 30-30 for comparison. The second picture shows the cast bullet I am shooting in it, I use 5744 powder...

Image

Image

Merle
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 710
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:40 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#16 Post by Merle » Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:52 pm

Shrapnel wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:22 pm
fordwannabe wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:53 pm
Any more details on the load and the rifle? Year of manufacture, any history?
It was made in 1897. The 32-40 and 38-55 were the first chamberings in the model 1894 and they were loaded with black powder, the 25-35 and 30-30 came in 1895 as the first smokeless cartridges for th 1894. I took a picture of the 32-40 between the 25-35 and the 30-30 for comparison. The second picture shows the cast bullet I am shooting in it, I use 5744 powder...

Image

Image

obviously it is enough to do the job! :D
Merle from PA

JDL
Levergunner 2.0
Posts: 128
Joined: Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:55 pm
Location: La.

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#17 Post by JDL » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:47 pm

Congratulations Shrapnel nice deer and rifle! I have come to the same conclusion as you about what I need to hunt with for more enjoyment. I just returned home after a morning's deer hunt with my Savage 99H Carbine chambered for the .303 Savage. My ammo consists of a hand load with a 171 grain cast bullet. I had almost forgot how wonderfully these little carbines carry and no scope makes them balanced and lively. I may never go back to a bolt gun. Now if the bucks will just cooperate and give me one shot. :D

piller
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 8909
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:49 pm
Location: South of Dallas

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#18 Post by piller » Thu Nov 07, 2019 2:23 pm

Enough is a good concept. Many people around here seem to think that a 7mm Remington Magnum on a deer lease with 100 yard shots is necessary. Texas has deer that are usually on the small side of normal whitetail size. A 100 pound deer hit by a 7mm Mag at 100 yards loses a lot of meat. I sometimes wonder how Daniel Boone ever killed even one deer with his muzzle loader when every gun magazine tries to convince us that a .30-30 is underpowered. That 32-40 cannot generate the 1,000 ft-lbs of energy at 200 yards necessary to kill a deer. Of course, deer don't read magazines. If they did we would never have been meat eaters.
D. Brian Casady
Quid Llatine Dictum Sit, Altum Viditur.
Advanced is being able to do the basics while your leg is on fire---Bill Jeans
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up---Robert Frost

User avatar
Rimfire McNutjob
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2776
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:51 pm
Location: Sanford, FL.

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#19 Post by Rimfire McNutjob » Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:01 pm

I like the look of the 26" barrel on the early originals. I'm assuming it's 26" ... because it has "the look".
... I love poetry, long walks on the beach, and poking dead things with a stick.

BenT
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2538
Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:21 pm
Location: Northern Wisconsin

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#20 Post by BenT » Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:16 pm

Nothing better than putting the sneak on a buck. It's a great feeling. Great picture and story.

FLINT
Levergunner 2.0
Posts: 416
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:18 pm
Location: Virginia

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#21 Post by FLINT » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:27 pm

wow, great job! that is awesome! I love the 32-40 and that's a great looking buck!!

I'm planning to have my 32-40 with me when rifle season starts next saturday.

I last took it out about a decade ago. I had worked up a load also with 5744 and with 170gr (actually weighed a little over 180gr IIRC) FNGC boolit. I made a good shot on a nice doe. She ran 20 yards or so and then stumbled and wobbled. I'm sure she would have gone down, but then the landowner came walking out to see what I had shot, which of course motivated her to run directly over onto the neighbors property. I'm sure she didn't make it far, but my landowner didn't want to cross the fence, so I lost her :( I'm sure the gun and load did its job fine, I just had a little too much "help" that day.

This year I've worked up another 32-40 load with Hawks awesome bullets and IMR 3031, that hopefully will put one down in the right property.

User avatar
RIHMFIRE
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 7201
Joined: Fri Sep 07, 2007 11:51 am
Location: Florida

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#22 Post by RIHMFIRE » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:38 am

very nice! congrats
awesome rifle
LETS GO SHOOT'N BOYS

Nath
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 7775
Joined: Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:41 pm
Location: England

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#23 Post by Nath » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:13 am

That's a hunk o' deer there.
Congrats and how many deer are going to be harvested with 32-40 this season? Not many I bets! 8)
Psalm ch8.

Because I wish I could!

User avatar
Pitchy
Posting leader...
Posts: 10872
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:15 am
Location: Minnesooooota

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#24 Post by Pitchy » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:40 am

Beautiful picture, rifle and buck. 8)
Because I Can, and Have
-------------------------------------------------------------
USAF-72-76
Friends are just people that will turn on ya some day, Jesus won`t.
Disclaimer, not responsible for anyone copying or building anything i make.
Always consult an expert first.

stretch
Senior Levergunner
Posts: 1907
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:15 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#25 Post by stretch » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:07 pm

What Pitchy said.... 8) :)

-Stretch

User avatar
marlinman93
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 4133
Joined: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:40 pm
Location: Oregon

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#26 Post by marlinman93 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:21 am

That's a great looking buck with a big body! Nothing better than hunting with vintage rifles either! After spending decades using modern bolt action rifles I switched to hunting with old single shots and leverguns about 15-20 years ago. It takes more work to get closer and within my self imposed 150 yd. maximum, but when you bring down a buck it's so much better, and much more memorable!
Pre WWI Marlins and Singleshot rifles!
http://members.tripod.com/~OregonArmsCollectors/

fordwannabe
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 2481
Joined: Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:52 am
Location: Womelsdorf PA

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#27 Post by fordwannabe » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:17 am

Thanks Shrapnel.
THAT BUDDY of yours, :D does writings that suckered me in like a kid to CRACK. So as I got older I have acquired a meager assortment of older calibers. I have been on the lookout for a decent 32-40, and last year our own Sixgun made me a deal I couldn’t resist, on one. He also said 5744 for the powder, so be it. Thanks for the info on the gun and the load. This years doe gun is the 1886 SRC in 45/70, but I am thinking that 32-40 for next year. Tom
a Pennsylvanian who has been accused of clinging to my religion and my guns......Good assessment skills.

Merle
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 710
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:40 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#28 Post by Merle » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:38 am

My only 32-40 is a TCR-83, with double set triggers.
Since it is a single shot, I tried to use it as a Schuetzen rifle, but found I wasn't all that adept at it. :(
At least I did have fun with it at some local matches, so.......
Merle from PA

piller
Advanced Levergunner
Posts: 8909
Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 9:49 pm
Location: South of Dallas

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#29 Post by piller » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:44 am

Merle, isn't fun a big part of the reason for using old guns like that? If just plain simple function and accuracy without any concern for ofter hard to define factors were all, then we would all be shooting the same bolt action rifles in maybe only 3 different calibers. Can you imagine anything less enjoyable without it causing nausea?
D. Brian Casady
Quid Llatine Dictum Sit, Altum Viditur.
Advanced is being able to do the basics while your leg is on fire---Bill Jeans
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up---Robert Frost

Merle
Levergunner 3.0
Posts: 710
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:40 pm

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#30 Post by Merle » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:50 am

piller wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:44 am
Merle, isn't fun a big part of the reason for using old guns like that? If just plain simple function and accuracy without any concern for ofter hard to define factors were all, then we would all be shooting the same bolt action rifles in maybe only 3 different calibers. Can you imagine anything less enjoyable without it causing nausea?

Yep, fun is a big part - that and having something most people have never seen.... :mrgreen:
Merle from PA

User avatar
Griff
Posting leader...
Posts: 18491
Joined: Sat Mar 31, 2007 4:56 pm
Location: OH MY GAWD they installed a STOP light!!!

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

#31 Post by Griff » Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:45 pm

Congrats Shrapnel.
Griff,
SASS/CMSA #93
NRA Patron
GUSA #93

There is a fine line between hobby & obsession!
AND... I'm over it!!
No I ain't ready, but let's do it anyway!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: jfwlb and 5 guests