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Posted: February 22 2018 at 9:44am | IP Logged Quote rentskiwiz

just picked up a BSA cadet rifle in 32 20. does anyone have any loads they have been working on with cast?
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Posted: February 22 2018 at 3:37pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

You sure it's .32-20 and not in the original .310 cadet?

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Posted: February 22 2018 at 3:42pm | IP Logged Quote rentskiwiz

Barrel is stamped 32.20 on top.
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Posted: February 22 2018 at 3:49pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

If it still has the original barrel, it is very over sized for the .32-20. The .32-20 is actually an oversized .30 caliber, .312 or .313. The .310 cadet was a .320 bore size which makes it closer to an 8mm and I've seen where it was common to rechamber them to .32 Winchester Special which is closer to that bore size, but I'd worry about chambering a cartridge that powerful in a Cadet action unless it was solely going to be owned by me and I accounted for it by loading it down.

If yours has an oversized bore, don't despair. Loading dies are available and RCBS even makes a mold of the correct heeled bullet the .310 cadet used.

If memory serves me, a lot of them which were imported and had the chambers reamed slightly to accept a .32-20. While this isn't unsafe, an oversize bore like that won't be conducive to good accuracy unless you account for it somehow.

If I were you, I would obtain some cerrosafe and do a chamber cast, it is easy to do and no chance of damaging the rifle if you follow the instructions. Put a micrometer on the rifled part of your chamber cast and figure out what you're dealing with.

All that said, they are sweet little rifles. I recently got one that has been nicely done into a .218 Bee light varmin rifle. Haven't done much with it yet because it has an extractor problem they are famous for when chambered in tapered cartridges like the Bee.

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Posted: February 22 2018 at 3:58pm | IP Logged Quote rentskiwiz

I saw that in researching. When I get home I am
slugging the barrel
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Posted: February 22 2018 at 4:03pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Keep us posted. There's a guy who comes to the local gun shows with a beautifully sporterized one and one of these days, the money and opportunity will come together at the right time.

The older I get, the more I like single shot rifles, falling blocks in particular. A Martini cadet with cast in an oversized .30 would make the perfect Rook rifle.


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