.32-20 Winchester


.32-20 Winchester

Infobox Firearm Cartridge
name= .32-20 Winchester


caption=
origin= flagcountry|United States
type= Rifle / Handgun
designer= Winchester Repeating Arms Company
design_date=1882
manufacturer=
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parent=
case_type=Rimmed, bottleneck
bullet=.3125
neck=.327
shoulder=.342
base=.354
rim_dia=.408
rim_thick=.065
case_length=1.315
length=1.592
case_capacity=
rifling=20"
primer=Small rifle
max_pressure=
max_cup=9000
is_SI_ballistics=
bw1=85
btype1=SP
vel1=2300
en1=999
bw2=110
btype2=SP
vel2=2100
en2=1077
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balsrc= "Cartridges of the World"cite book | last = Barnes | first = Frank C. | editor = McPherson, M.L. | title = Cartridges of the World | edition = 8th Edition | origyear = 1965 | year = 1997 | publisher = DBI Books | pages = 64,91 | isbn = -87349-178-5]
The .32-20 Winchester also known as the .32 WCF was the first small-game lever-action cartridge that
Winchester produced." [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_4_50/ai_113853247 Levergun loads: the .25-20 Winchester] " by John Taffin, Guns Magazine, April 2004] It was initially introduced as a blackpowder cartridge in 1882 for small-game, varmint hunting, and deer." [http://www.accuratepowder.com/data/PerCaliber2Guide/Rifle/ObsoleteCartridges/32%2020%20Winchester%20pages%20353%20and%20354.pdf .32-20 Winchester (HV-92)] " from Accurate Powder] " [http://www.chuckhawks.com/32-20.htm The .32-20 Winchester] " by Chuck Hawks] Colt produced a single-action pistol chambered for this cartridge a few years later." [http://www.leverguns.com/articles/paco/3220wcf.htm 32-20 WINCHESTER CENTERFIRE 1882] " by Paco Kelly at Leverguns.com]

Performance

The .32-20 works well for a variety of small game. It also performs well, having a reputation for good accuracy, when used for handguns. Although it is sometimes used for deer, it is really underpowered for such usage. Because of its low power it destroys very little meat, making it a good hunting round for appropriate sized game out to about 100 yards (90 m)." [http://www.reloadbench.com/cartridges/3220w.html .32-20 Winchester] " at The Reload Bench]

It is an easy and inexpensive cartridge to reload. Energy and pressure levels for handloading are determined based on the strength of the firearm action to be used. Due to the fact that most firearms chambered for this cartridge are of older age, i.e. early model Winchester model 73 and 92 rifles as well as older Colt and Smith & Wesson revolvers, factory ammunition usually has weaker ballistics than what can be achieved through handloading. Most factory ammunition exhibits ballistics of about convert|1200|ft/s|m/s|abbr=on and convert|325|ft.lbf|J|abbr=on of energy at the muzzle with a convert|100|gr|g|sing=on bullet from an eighteen to twenty inch rifle barrel.

Child cartridges

The later .25-20 Winchester cartridge is simply a necked-down version of the .32-20. In addition the .218 Bee was created using the .32-20 as it's parent cartridge.

ee also

*List of rifle cartridges
*7 mm caliber

References


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