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Hi everyone!
I have recently become the proud parent of a Marlin model 36 in 32 win. spl. and am rather curious. Has anyone used cast bullets in one of these and how do they perform? Can you drive them 2000 fps + or -? Has anyone seen jacketed bullet loads for the 170 gr. that are 2000 fps +? (Most of the jacketed loads in my books are below 2000 fps.) Also the supply of 32 spl brass in my area seems to have dried up. Can I form them from 30/30 cases without getting into problems? I'd appreciate any comments you folks have.
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Dave,

Check the Hornady manual for loads, that will be a good starting point anyway. Yes you can use .30-30 brass. Like the .30-30, you should be able to go full speed with good cast bullets, assuming the barrel is in good shape.

Head over to www.sixgunner.com and look around for .32 Win Special articles, I think there are a few with load data.
 

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Hey Dave!

How's it goings? Midway has 32 Win. Spc. brass. For a box of 50 it is $13.28. You can call this number and order by phone:

1-800-243-3220

Product # 110-394 on pg. 28

I order a bunch of stuff from Midway and they seem to be about as cheap as anyone. They also have brass for you 356 Winnie. Talk soon and hope we see some sun pretty quick! Chris PS....get their catalogue...they have Hard Cast also from various companies
 

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Dave

Congrats on the 32 Spec. I am still kicking myself for letting a Winchester 94 Wrangler II in 32 Special slip through my fingers! If I recall you can form the 32 brass from 30/30 just by fire forming it in the 32 chamber and trimming the case to ensure correct length. The 32 should do everything that the 30/30 will but not anything more. The 32s do seem to have a reputation for losing accuracy rather badly once the bores begin showing much wear, but as long as the bore is good it should do you up mighty fine!

Good luck and enjoy!

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Re; 32 Special

Chris, Reb, Mike: Thanks for the tips.
Dave:D
 

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Dave,

Powder selection for the .32 Spcl is identical to best powders for the .30-30. And yes, excellent 2000 fps accuracy can be expected from properly sized, gas-checked bullets. For your Marlin, using cast bullets will necessitate using .323" bullets for best accuracy and freedom from leading.

Best powders will probably prove to be H335, RL-7 and 3031. Too, try using a Lee Factory Crimp die.... it will dramatically improve group sizes in most instances with this cartridge.

The reputation of .32 Spcl. rifles losing accuracy when compared to .30-30's as they wear, is that the .32 Spcl was designed as a cartridge that could be reloaded using Black Powder.... way back when in was introduced, and as such the .32 Spcl has a 1-16" twist which was thought to better handle black powder fouling should the round be reloaded using black. In any case, when the rifling begins to wear, especially on the Marlin rifles which had somewhat oversize bores to begin with, usually accuracy does suffer when shooting traditional .321" jacketed bullets.

Hopefully this info will help you.

God Bless,

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Brass for the 32 special can be made from 30/30,38/55 or 375win The 30/30 and 375win can be changed to32 special by running it through the 32 die.The 375 win. cases are a bit heavier and have slightly less powder capacity.Load data in the Lyman and Hornady manuals can be used .Also Hodgdon put out an annual edition in magazine form that has a variety of powders and also lists the pressures.I load for my 32 specials and have a favorite load of 34.5 gr.of H-4895 with either a Hornady 170 gr. or a Remington core-lokt.I hope this is helpful.Let me know how you make out. Later, Jeff Taylor.
 

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Re: 32 Special

Marshall, Jeff:
Thanks for the info. With a little luck, maybe I can get some cartridges made up this weekend, and weather permitting, get some range time. Will keep you posted.
Thanks again, everyone.
Dave S.:D
 

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Hi Dave,

I made a mistake in saying Midway has ready made Cast.....my catalogue doesn't seem to have them at a glance. They have lots of casting stuff though as you probably know. I found a 150 gr. cast at Western Cast Bullets that looks correct:

http://missoula.bigsky.net/western/cbip/cbip.html

Also, BTB may have a good design. Take Care and talk soon. Maybe get some range time in soon and will give you a call. Chris
 
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