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Posted: 12/30/2005 4:22:42 AM EDT
I have been looking into getting an older rifle and on gunbroker I see all these winchesters, remingtons, etc. and there are some calibers I never heard much of or if they still make them.

just for clarification, what caliber is a 32 rifle?
I see also calibers like 38-40 (or something like that)...is there any good reference for calibers that are still made and standard designations?

not into reloading so that is not the option for odd ones.

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:44:41 AM EDT
Just look at the major ammo manufactures websites and see what that have listed to find out what is currently being made.

www.winchester.com/products/catalog/catalog.aspx

www.federalpremium.com/default.asp?br=1

www.remington.com/products/ammunition/


I know of two different 32 caliber rounds, 32-40 and 32 Winchester Special, so a "32 rifle" could be either one of them.



Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:46:30 AM EDT
thanks

what is 32 wcf or something like that? is that still around?
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:55:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CbtEngr1:
thanks

what is 32 wcf or something like that? is that still around?



There is also the .32-20 (aka .32 WCF) and a few other .32 caliber rifle rounds depending on the vintage.

What type of rifle is it. Action size will tell a lot about the cartridge it could be.

One of the better resources for obsolete cartridges is Old Western Scrounger

Kent
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 4:56:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CbtEngr1:
thanks

what is 32 wcf or something like that? is that still around?



.32 WCF is also known as .32-20. It's a low power pistol cartridge, fun to shoot in a small lever gun. Ammo is available, and new guns have been chambered for this round in recent years.

My recollection is that the bullets are 0.308 to 0.310 diameter for the old guns if you want to reload (this is off the top of my head without verifying the info, so don't jump all over me if it's wrong), 0.312 diameter bullets are used in modern guns.

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 5:02:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 5:06:14 AM EDT by 2A373]

Originally Posted By CbtEngr1:
thanks

what is 32 wcf or something like that? is that still around?



32 WCF (Winchester Centerfire) is a.k.a the 32-20 and is still being made by Winchester.

www.chuckhawks.com/32-20.htm

Here's a link that has a lot of info on old cartridges.


www.chuckhawks.com/early_metallic_cartridges.htm

and one more

www.chuckhawks.com/cartridge_names.htm
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 6:30:41 AM EDT
Thanks, the last two links above were very helpful to me.

Link Posted: 12/30/2005 8:01:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/30/2005 8:04:50 AM EDT by Lazyshooter]
32WCF (32-20) is loaded by:
Black Hills
Winchester
Remington
Ultramax<­BR>Ten-X

There are others, just can't remember right now.

There is a book available called, I believe, "Cartridges of the World" that has a little history about each cartridge. Look for it at the library.
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