I saw the header and thought 32wcf...I'd be into the 30/30 case with a 32 bullet. Maybe I'm thinking 32 win spl. Not sure on my part as I never reloaded for weither cal. Anyhow whichever it is I'd think crown wear and or throat erosion .Crown damage would be the first thing I would check. .32WCF rifles aren't generally high volume varmit cartridges, nor should they operate at barrel-burning pressures, so something mechanical is most likely. You might also slug the bore, after a thorough cleaning, to determine if it is oversize relative to the ammunition you have.
A different box of factory ammo, if you can find any, might shed light on the issue.
May be a good idea to take it to your local gunsmith if your unsure of the state of the rifle. Looks can be deceiving, if your not sure what your looking for.Eyeballing without a bore scope, an antique 32/20 of my dad’s has what looks like a decent barrel. I see rifling no pitting. I admit I don’t know much about inspecting a barrel The rest of the rifle is in very good shape.
200 grain is WAY too heavy for a 32-20 to drive fast enough to stabilize. Wouldn't feed anyway in a Winchester 92. I have a 1912 vintage 92 in 32-20 and it's a tack driver loaded to HV-92 specs with 115 gr lead bullets. These are .312 dia. bullets loaded over W-296 to HV-92 velocities (around 1800 fps as I recall)When I tried to get a load going for my little single shot I was under the impression it was .308 bore.
I tried every Bullet I had and nearly every thing key holed.
200 grn were sticking out of the pine log backer with there tips pointing out.
That was at only 20 mtrs.
I have tried bullets for 303 Brit and 310 cadet all with no good results.
The only thing I have not done is slug the bore , just haven't found the time.
Obviously in hindsight I could of spent the time all ready spent to slug the bore but it was interesting none the less.
The plan is to have a nice break open 32-20 improved in the safe.
The 200 mtr can plinker.
Seems a bit ambitious at the moment, more like a split frame shot gun.
Cool round .