Principally kept alive by cowboy action shooters and metallic silhouette handgun competitors, the now-134-year-old .32-20 Win. has capabilities that are seldom realized. For shooters with a T/C Contender, or another modern rifle with a strong action, such as the Marlin Model 1894CL Classic used here, the modest .32-20 can take on a new persona. The load below propels the 0.312"-diameter Hornady XTP to 2028 f.p.s. from the Marlin’s 22" barrel, resulting in 913 ft.-lbs. of energy at the muzzle and maintaining 450 ft.-lbs. just beyond 150 yds. When zeroed at 100 yds., the bullet impacts 4" low at 150 yds. and 7.5" low at 175 yds. That makes the round useful for hunting predators and, in the hands of a skilled marksman, feral hogs and whitetail deer, too—provided that shoulder shots are avoided.
Latest Loads: .32-20 Win.
Sonoran Desert Institute was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts in hiring and recruiting veterans with the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.
The modern Olympics, as we know them today, started in 1896, and there were shooting events at the games as early as Athens in 1906. After all, the man who put the games together, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was himself a French pistol champion. Neither the United States nor Great Britain sent rifle teams to Athens, but that changed for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
The American Civil War was the first conflict in our nation’s history in which telescopic-sighted rifles were employed in combat to any appreciable extent. These muzzleloading, percussion rifles were fabricated by a number of civilian gunsmiths and gunsmithing firms, primarily for benchrest shooting matches.