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In the last couple years I've definitely gravitated away from the heavy boomers towards the smaller calibers. 300BLK has become my favorite cartridge, much more wrist friendly. That said, 32 calibers have also become a favorite. 32 mag & 32-20 are 2 that I've been wanting to get in pistol barrels.

Am I the only one or are others also enjoying these lighter recoiling cartridges?


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have gotten pretty fond of smaller stuff over the last few years also, and i like the .32's in both pistol & carbine versions....less noise, less recoil, cheap to shoot, cast-bullet friendly. i dont do any long range stuff, just poking around in the woods, plinking, & hunting the timber, so the small .30's work well for that for me....and, its nice to shoot stuff that easily gets a thousand loads or more out of a pound of powder.

In .32mag, i have a 6" SSK, a 14" TC Custom shop, and a short MGM carbine barrel.

In 32/20 i have a 10" factory, an MGM tapered carbine, and a TC custom shop bull carbine.

i do like the 30reece too, but i probably shoot the 32/20 a bit more often.


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A couple years ago I picked up an SSK 32-20 carbine barrel. Haven't had a chance to work with it yet but was excited to get it! I'm sure it'll be a fun varmint/ plinker.


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Well, I guess it has to be a 22LR. Ever since I threaded it for the suppressor and made it into an auto ejector it pretty much makes ever trip to the range.

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Probably my .22LR, just because of how much pork it has put in my freezer.
 
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The older I get the more I gravitate to the smaller less recoil stuff as well. 300 blackout has become one of my favorites as well!



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I love the .30 calibers in the Contender platform but I too have been looking at smaller and/or cast bullet friendly rounds. My current favorites are the .22 Squirrel, though I haven't shot it too much and the .25/20. I have a set of .30 Reece dies and some brass ready to go if I ever come up with a barrel. Speaking of the .30 Reece, has anyone heard from Carson lately?


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For "small", probably my 22 Hornet barrel. Crazy accurate with my handloads.
 
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Fast twist 223 Remington, and the 22 Creed, also with a fast twist barrel.


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32-20 12 inch TCA barrel. I don't have a 300 Whisper/Blackout but I wouldn't mind having one. My second favorite is my 15 inch, with muzzle tamer, Custom Shop barrel in 357 mag.
 
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30-20/32-20for sure.
Those with a 32-20 and .308 bore, it will do what the 30x221 variations will. I have run CB’s in mine for years. 110-180’s.


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Fast twist 223 and 20 VT are my two favorites.
 
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It’s a toss up for me between my 10” bull .30 Carbine and the 10” tapered .30 Herrett. Or maybe the 10” bull .300 Whisper.....



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Favorite "small" cartridge is a Contender in 22 Hornet with a 1-16" twist, shooting .22 caliber air rifle pellets.

Low noise, zero recoil and far cheaper than a 22 long rifle.

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I have three I'm really enjoy shooting. A 13" MGM in 17 squirrel has to be my favorite. Then a 13" Gary Reeder barrel in 240 Banshee followed by a 12" Bullberry in 256 Win mag.
I have a 15" MGM in 32-20 (308) that I got just for a cast bullet shooter but I haven't found a combo that works for me just yet. Once I get it dialed in I will be shooting it a lot in my short back yard range.
 
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I have numerous 'small caliber barrel, but my favorite is th 10" 32 (308)=20 from MGM.


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As a die hard varmint guy, I like the smaller stuff. For me it's a test to see how far out I can put them down with a caliber not intended to reach out to said distances.

While the big bore stuff and the flat line shooter are in my quiver, I like the small stuff best, 221FB, !7R, 256wm, Hornet, 222, 30-20tc, 32H-R, 30car, 300Wisper, 22spitfire, and of course rimfires (secretly a rimfire junky)


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I like the smaller ones also. .22 and 25-20 are my favorites. May add a 30-20 in the future. Have one 14 inch .22 with a Weaver T36 on it.


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I would have to go with a 20 VarTarg. Have it in a 1.25 OTT step Barrel and love it
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My favorite hands down is the 20 Vartarg. Cheap to load, super accurate and down right explosive on the squirrels/dogs. I also really like my 22BR.
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17 Mach 1V/ fireball. It’s my critter gitter


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6mm/222mag(6x47) or 6mm/223(6x45)

Surprise!! Big Grin

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I'd have to say my 12" Bullberry 17hmr bull barrel. It's like a laser beam from 25-100 yards.
 
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I have an older super 14 in .223 with a 3X12 Burris and Bullberry hanger bar stock set up that I would never let go
 
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Right now its a 12" scalloped barrel from TCs custom shop in 256 Win Mag.
 
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I have a fast twist 1-8 22 Hornet threaded for a can that I like shooting using 69 HP's subsonic, I used it to take several ground hogs out to 45-50 yards.

Also have a 25-20 throated for 75 grainers also using a can subsonic.

Have a VVCG 256 Win mag that I've actually taken 4 deer with all one shot kills using 75 Vmaxes, those thing really leave nice wound channel.

Another I really like shooting is a 270 REN using 90 TNT's, they leave a really nice hole in a squirrel

The 5mm Rem mag RF is another one I like shooting, have brass and reloading dies for it and the barrel is threaded for a can. Squirrel heads just disappear when shot there and shooting a Racoon in the head side to side it just popped one eyeball right out. Big Grin


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If this is too graphic let me know and I will delete it.


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Originally posted by HotRodAl:
If this is too graphic let me know and I will delete it.
laugh I think it's just fine! I'd say most of us that hunt have produced a similar specimen at one time or another! Big Grin

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I have a fast twist 1-8 22 Hornet threaded for a can that I like shooting using 69 HP's subsonic, I used it to take several ground hogs out to 45-50 yards
Your using a bullet like a 69 Matchking subsonic? Very accurate?


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I have a fast twist 1-8 22 Hornet threaded for a can that I like shooting using 69 HP's subsonic, I used it to take several ground hogs out to 45-50 yards.

Also have a 25-20 throated for 75 grainers also using a can subsonic.

Have a VVCG 256 Win mag that I've actually taken 4 deer with all one shot kills using 75 Vmaxes, those thing really leave nice wound channel.

Another I really like shooting is a 270 REN using 90 TNT's, they leave a really nice hole in a squirrel

The 5mm Rem mag RF is another one I like shooting, have brass and reloading dies for it and the barrel is threaded for a can. Squirrel heads just disappear when shot there and shooting a Racoon in the head side to side it just popped one eyeball right out. Big Grin


Albert that's a nice collect of small fun stuff.

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(Your using a bullet like a 69 Matchking subsonic? Very accurate?)

Yes the Matchkings are very accurate and I also shoot Hornady 75 HPBT's in it and they are just as accurate.


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Besides 22LR, I have to admit a preference for 223 and 6mm TCU. I've also had a thing with 17 Rem. About to try 221 FB and see where that goes.
Yes, the little guys are easier on the wrist and the wallet than the Loudenboomers. As I get older, I don't seem to have the urge to touch off a 308 or 45-70 very often. Smile
 
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It has to be my 14" .22 "K" Hornet. I also have a 21" carbine in the same round, so it could be a toss up.


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I think my 22 Jet is just behind by Hornet.
 
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I also have a 22 CCM Custom shop barrel and a 218 Bee, haven't shot the Bee for a couple years now but had the CCM out this summer.

Along with the 20 Classic which is a screamer, and the ever favorite 30 Herrett.

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I have always like the .223 in my Contender 14" barrel but I think my favorite in all small calibers would be the 222 Rem Mag XP for #1. Can shoot 50 to 60 grain bullets and different powders. With the 60 grain Sierra flat base HP it is a laser out to about 200 yards and very destructive. Second would be my Encore MGM 22 WMR barrel with old rifle scope, 15" barrel. It likes most brands of ammo but strangely it likes the less expensive Armscore. Got this from Ed's Contenders while in his shop for another barrel. nuts Imagine that. Went in for one and cone out with two barrels, scope bases, fronds, and 500 rounds of ammo. Addictive!
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223 most economical round , you can down load to hornet or 22mag velocities .brass very abundant. What's not to like.
 
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Yes.....although I mentioned something else earlier in the thread. My lowly factory 14” .223 barrel is NOT for sale. Great barrel


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.223 My VVCG 12" Encore bbl has been shooting .3MOA for over 15yrs, brass available, AR15 shooters & P-Dogs hate it...

As a toss-up 7TCU, cant say enough about this great caliber, my 16.25"MGM 'Tender shoots so well, exceeding my .3MOA standard to 300 yds.

Funny how these are my "small" rounds...


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