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Old 02-07-2024, 08:54 PM
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Been watching the internet for a single shot rifle in 32 something. Came close on a couple 310 Cadets but fell through. Checked the caliber 32-20 on a site and this Ruger NO1 came up, nice. Called him and we talked, didnít need the scope. He offered a good price shipped and here it is. Would have preferred 32 Mag or 327 but this is OK. Love the style of the NO1ís and the wood is a bonus.

Itís been rebarreled. Bottom of the barrel is jseeley 04 so I looked him up. He is one of the top gunsmiths/engravers in New York. I emailed him and that is his signature. The rifle came out of Tennessee. Any had work done by him??

Will use low end loads at the 50ft indoor range on Tuesday mornings. Gonna shoot it off hand mainly. Have HBWC with 2.5 of 231 and 100 gr SWC with 3.3 of 231. Might crank it up some outdoors. Canít wait, hope it is a tack driver. Larry
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Old 02-07-2024, 10:50 PM
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Nice! I have a Browning copy of the Winchester 53 in .32-20 and it's a fun little cartridge in a rifle. I love that generation of Redfield scopes, those just look proper on a wood and blue rifle and have decent glass for the time.
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Old 02-08-2024, 02:25 AM
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I have a Ruger No1 in 218 Bee, factory 26" barrel with iron sights. I have a 3-9x50 "Big Eye" Bushnell on it.

It is a great gun and very manageable for offhand shooting. I use the Lyman accuracy load for 50 gr Jacketed bullets using H 4227 and a Fed 205M primer and a long discontinued Nosler Solid Base 50 grain SP Boat tail. (I have since started using Remington 6 1/2 primers when developing such small rifle rounds.)

One day at the club I let a fellow life member shoot a 5 shot string, he had a nice group that was one hole compared to my 1/4" (both from a rest.) But all he did was complain about how bad the trigger was! So, I got even instead of mad! I shot a group of .55" wide by .107 tall offhand. Not a word, he just packed up and left!

I would love to find a No1, Low wall, or Rolling Block in 32-20, kind of a grail "Barn Yard Rifle"!

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Old 02-08-2024, 03:24 AM
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Nice rifle! I just love the Ruger #1. It's one of my favorite rifles.

I'll be looking forward to the range report...
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Old 02-08-2024, 09:25 AM
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Congrats on a fine rifle in .32-20. I have a Stevens 101 in .44 shot that I would love to find a .32-20 barrel blank for. Give us a range report please. Have fun with it.
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Old 02-08-2024, 12:21 PM
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I have a 22" contender bbl in 30 Badger, a 38 special necked to 0.312". They are a lot of fun.
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Old 02-08-2024, 12:44 PM
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Just when I think I have all of the 32-20 rifles I ever wanted. This wonderful rifle shows up. A Ruger #1 will absolutely shine with 2400 and a 100gr xtp.
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Old 02-08-2024, 03:06 PM
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You'll learn to really like 32-20 I think

I'd crank it up.
You have a nice rifle....I'd make up rifle rounds.
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Old 02-09-2024, 11:25 AM
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Joe does excellent work.
I run into him usually at the Syracuse show where he's usually set up.
He's in Campbell, NY, in the Southern Tier near Elmira.
He was with C.Sharps Arms in Montana (Big Timber?)for a time (about 10yrs ?) in the early 2000's before coming back to NY to set up shop.
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Old 02-09-2024, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for all the comments, canít wait to shoot it Tuesday morning. Glad the barrel was done by a big name gunsmith.

Have to admit I have a 32 addiction with 3 custom revolvers by Andy Horvath. A Manurhin MR73 in 32 long and an 8 3/4Ē MGM barrel in 32 long for the Contender. The NO1 fits right in with some of the custom guns being that itís rebarreled. In the group picture is a pre-war M&P target made into a .32 long target, love the long action and the accuracy it obtains. Larry
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Old 02-10-2024, 03:19 PM
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Playing around last night and the rate of twist is 1-20Ē and the diameter of a slug I pounded through the bore is .310. Guess the rate of twist was from the early 32-20 guns especially with black powder. Larry
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I had a Marlin 1894CL in .32-20. It was a fun little lever gun.

My only .32-20 rifle is a Greener Martini that has been rechambered to the fine old WCF round. I've always wanted a Remington rolling block in .32-20, but have never found one.
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Cimarron arms make a single shot in 32-20 and I found one while in Seattle last year. It has globe front sight and peep rear sight. I found outdoor range south of of Olympia and had a hoot!! The other shooters were my spotters as I shot the 100 yard target.
Each shot was a dollars going down the barrel, but everyone tried it and really enjoyed themselves
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That's a real nice looking rifle for sure. I never knew or expected a .32 cal. rifle, except I've seen Henry in .327 Fed Mag. which would be practical if one is looking for a .32 rifle, IMO, because of the variety of cartridges. Someone really took care of your new rifle. Nice.
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Old 02-15-2024, 11:10 PM
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Did OK Tuesday morning with the 100 gr SWC & 3.2 of 231. Had a nice big ragged group with 10 shots. Gonna try it at 25 yards at Range USA Monday morning. The 2 loads with HBWC did OK, gonna play with the SWC load some. Larry
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Larry,

It was good to see you Wednesday! Sorry I was too busy to gab. I would have enjoyed it. Now, I see why you need brass. Next you need a S&W revolver to go with it!

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Hereís a picture of the target from Monday at Range USA at 25 yards. Happy with the results but sitting on a stool shooting off the range bag. Kinda awkward and only a 2.5 power scope. Larry
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That is a perfect varmint rifle over a caller. But it is far too pretty to drag out through briers, brambles and bushes where a rabbit couldn't go!
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I have an old Marlin 1894 from early 1900s in 32/20. It isnít a cream puff, dark bore but it became a keeper because it outshoots every 92 & 53 Win that has passed through my hands. I had new Marlin 94 and was very disappointed in it. Donít know about the #1. I can say all the older 32/20 and 25/20 rifles I have owned do much better with cast bullet sized to individual gun. No good results from any with jacketed bullets. In fact I have bought rifles because owner claimed they wouldnít shoot.
I have seen the trend on 32/20 rebarrel is to use .308Ē barrels for wider selection of factory bullets. Might do something with light spitzer type bullet that isnít possible in lever gun.
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I happened upon a Cimarron 1873 in 32-20 last week at a LGS here in San Antonio. NIB with the price tag north of $1100!! If your looking for one PM me for details.
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I had a Marlin 1894CL in 32-20, and the barrel on it slugged out at .308". It had extraction issues for one, and I wasn't patient enough to load 32-20 I guess. Fragile brass or I was too heavy handed one, and if went down the road.

I hope to one day find a 94 in 32 mag to go with my 631 kit gun. A Ruger #1 in 32 H&R would work too..... ��
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I really wanted a Cadet and eventually found a really nice one, but between not finding a load it liked right away and the sort-of clunky feel of the action I'm regretting it. I love the #1, but it's a lot of weight for a rabbit-gun.
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Teletech, tell me about your Martini. Love them, was gonna have Andy Horvath sleeve a 310 to 32 mag for me. Found this NO1 rebarreled in 32-20 and went for it. Had a 310 Cadet with dies, bullets and some original brass but couldnít get it to shoot good so I sold it. Gonna use the NO1 for off hand shooting at 50 ft indoors, kinda over kill and a tad heavy but will make it work. Larry
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