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#1 Post by FLINT » Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:51 am

The only buck I saw this morning was a spike, but I was able to line up the sights of my 32-40 on a doe. Distance was only about 25 yards, but the old 32-40 did about as well as anything.


The rifle dates to 1921 according to an online serial number chart, so its closing in on 100 years old! Crescent butt, half mag, originally had a 26" barrel I think but had been cut down to 21" (fine with me). The gun had a pretty rough life, but I got it back in working order and it shoots really well.

I year or so ago, i had Hawk make me a batch of bullets for this gun. 165 grain, with a little thinner jacket than the bullet they make for the 32 special. They even put a cannelure in the correct position for me. Great folks at Hawk and awesome bullets. Highly recommend. This summer I worked a load up with 3031 that shoots about 1900 fps, and is plenty accurate. here are some pics.

loaded round - you can see the one empty in the foam block that accounted for the doe. plenty more loaded and ready to go :)


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here is the entrance - perfect 32 cal hole


here is the exit. MUCH bigger! and her shoulder was all loosey goosey. I think that bullet did quite a number in there


pretty big hole in the lung


I certainly wouldn't hesitate to take this gun and load back hunting!!!

Its really fun getting old guns back shooting and bringing home meat like they were meant to !!

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#2 Post by .45colt » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:15 pm

Awesome All around ! and Great that Hawk worked with you on the bullets. sure did the job. :D

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#3 Post by wm » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:23 pm

Well done.

Great to hear about Hawk working with you. A lot of innovations in our hobby has come about because manufacturers listening and working with hunters and hand loaders.


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#4 Post by OldWin » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:31 pm

Nice! The 32-40 is a scarce item up here. Just don't see many. I have one early 1894 octagon rifle. I've only had one other, a carbine, that I passed along.
It's a neat old cartridge.
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#5 Post by Grizz » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:57 pm

SO, mouth watering scenery there, and a great load for a great rifle... Well Done !

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#6 Post by Nath » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:06 am

That bullet and 1900fps is perfect 8)
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#7 Post by gamekeeper » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:14 am

Excellent... :mrgreen:
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#8 Post by marlinman93 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:24 am

Congratulations! Nice shooting.
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#9 Post by piller » Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:49 am

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