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Posted: January 02 2018 at 8:01am | IP Logged Quote steven

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!.I need some advice on a
colt 32-20 WCF I just picked up. The sideplate has a date of july 1975. I am reading that it uses a bottleneck cartridge. should I be able to see this in the cylinder? I have read load data in speer and sierra but a warning says these loads are for Thompson Contenders.i saw 32-20 ammo in the Natchez catalog but am thinking they may also for a contender. I'm working to the point of buying the dies and start loading.did colt produce this revolver for cowboy action shooting? As always thanks for your knowledge in advance.

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Posted: January 02 2018 at 9:06am | IP Logged Quote Ranch 13

The 32 wcf has been around since the 1880's. Your Colt should handle most
factory ammo. Check the serial number on it to find out when it was made.
Cast bullets at .312 diameter will be what your gun will most likely favor.
Depending on how much you shoot picking up a couple of boxes of factory
ammo will give you plenty of brass for it, unless you shoot it a lot.
Unfortunately Winchester doesn't make much of that brass for components
any more so you'll be stuck with having to use Starline.
You will want to stock up on small rifle primers and unique or 2400 powder to
feed it.
I use a set of Hornady dies to reload for the cartridge.

The most expensive bullet there is isn't worth a plug nickel if it doesn't go where its supposed to.
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Posted: January 04 2018 at 8:01am | IP Logged Quote RT58

It is a bottleneck but the neck isn't real big, still you should be able to see it in the chamber.

SAAMI lists the maximum average pressure low enough to make it safe to shoot in older firearms and factory ammo should be within that limit. I don't buy factory ammo, but I do load for three S&W hand ejectors in .32-20 and use Cowboy Action load data. They are just for plinking and I don't need to load them hot.

I would think Colt brought the .32-20 out for CAS. Gamers love the cartridge due to the light bullets and low recoil.

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Posted: January 12 2018 at 2:56am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

The 32-20 (32 WCF) is the most popular round and gun
here at the house for beginning shooters. I have a S&W
made around 1921 and she was nickel plated later in
life. i want a colt from the same time period to go
with her.
Ammo is defiantly loaded on the mild side and also used
in my Win 1873 (1889)


"If it killed em a 150 years ago, it kill em today" (answer to a comment about black powder weapons)
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