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Old 05-01-2007, 04:12 PM
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I keep considering having a rifle built on a CPA 44 1/2 Stevens action. I can't decide on the caliber, I know it will be strictly a plain base cast bullet rifle loaded with smokeless powder.

I could go with a 32-20 or .32 Miller Short. The Miller is a breech seating only proposition, the 32-20 could be either. The folks at CPA recommend a 32-20 with .321 bore to take advantage of the available bullet moulds.

It seems like the .32 S&W Long would be a good alternative. I can shoot no further than 100 yards in my backyard, have to pack up and go down the road to get longer range.

I wonder about twist rates; should I get the optimum twist for 115-120 grain bullets out of the S&W or think about what will work with a bigger case and 150-180 grain bullets if I decide to get it rechambered later on?

Ed Harris has written a good article on his "American Rook" rifle in .32 Long if anyone is interested in reading it.

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Old 05-01-2007, 04:37 PM
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Had considered the same option...but intended to use a .308" bore (would need very little extra taper to a .32SWL case to make that work) and a fast twist to take advanatge of the multitude of .308 lead bullets...kind of a lead-bullet-whisper.

Think it's a grand idea, one that would be a lot of fun at the range and perhaps an exceptionally good small game rifle.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:55 PM
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Ribbonstone, that raises a good point. I have long wanted a .308 groove 32-20 with a fast twist to take advantage of heavier bullets.

Everybody makes .308 barrels, I also think good .321 barrels are readily available. Not so sure about the .312. I suppose (maybe) you could size 32 S&W with standard carbide dies and adjust to a .309-.310 cast bullet with your expander/neck flareing die.

Going to this kind of trouble to get a rifle would make me want a "perfect" custom mould so I'm not so sure that would be much of a factor.
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:05 PM
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Kind of a moot point with me now, lost that little Martin action, but do belive a fast twist 308" bore would be the way to go...the other choice I was thinking about was the old .25Hornet.

Really not bad in .312", are some good cast bullets...and some of the older Lymans tendet o cast large, so there may be more coices than you'd first think....but a GOOD .312" barrel isn't all that easy to come by.

In order to reduce temptaion to hot-rod, would proably stick with the .32SWL...and even though the bore is .308", I'd not bet against factory .32SWL loads shooting well.
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Old 05-02-2007, 01:18 PM
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We have two .32 H&R Magnum rifles. One is a 24" TC barrel and the other is a Marlin 1894. these are great fun. Both of these rifles have rather large throats and I shoot bullets as cast rather than sizing them. The LBT type weight forward bullets seem to give the best accuracy - cast bullet wise.

In the TC the 110-grain Sierra JHP is a real shooter.

Ross Seyfried had a Ruger No. 3 barreld to .32 H&R Magnum and it was quite a rifle.

General V. E. McGee had a Ruger No. 1 in .32 S&W Long thsat was a fine rifle.

Eliss Lea had a Remington 788 in .32 S&W Long.

Ed Harris has written several brief follow articles on his .32 rifle for the Foulng Shot.
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