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Do you form from 32/20?
Cast or jacketed and weight?
Powders?
Best dies for forming & loading?
Is it true that 25/20 brass is thicker than 32/20?

Friend of mine acquired a lever action from grandpa and would like to enjoy it. I’ve been reading up on it some to help him out with it. So far have heard brass is delicate & to take time with re-forming brass. Just looking for any tips from the always reliable sources here.


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i've been shooting a couple of contenders in 25/20 for several years now...have a 9" tapered contour MGM conetnder barrel i topped with a 1X Burris that i do some plinking with. the other is a 20" SSK tapered contour contender carbine barrel, wearing a 1.75-6x compact.

for a while, i also had a 21" tapered TC custom shop contender carbine, also with a 1.75-6x.

i've had pretty good luck with Lil Gun, 4227, and 1680, with 75 grain bullets. I do shoot some cast now & then, mainly in the 9" barrel as plinking load, those are 85 grain cast by Missouri Cast Bullets. The Rem 86gr soft point shot great, but R-P dropped those , and about all of their component bullets in fact.

i'll look up the data, i also had a light hunting load with VV-N320 using 75 grain bullets that was my "slightly-more-than-22magnum-power" loads for smacking squirrels and stuff.

The speer 75gr FN has been my most used bullets, mostly because 10 years ago or so i bought a crate of 7000pcs at a good price....i shot most of those up in various .257-bore rifles, for both hunting & fire-forming loads, and have since been shooting the Hornady V-Max a fair bit.

here's a link to about as much 25/20 loads as you'd ever want:

http://www.marlinowners.com/fo...25-20-reloaders.html


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almost forgot, i necked down some starline 32/20 brasss, had no issues, but i did anneal 'em first. Most of my brass is older WW and RP cases i got a long time ago.

i kinda remember hearing hornady was thinking about a run of 25/20 brass, dunno if they ever did.


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My current 25/20 is a 11 1/2" MGM SS barrel threaded for a can and throated for 100 grain bullets, I shoot them subsonic with the can. I also shoot 75Vmaxes using 1680 powder and have taken several deer with this bullet using a T/C 10" barrel, all deer taken with this bullet have been one shot kills the farthest one has run was right at 25 yards, but I made sure to place the bullets in the kill zone on every shot. Those Vmaxes really worked well for deer at the velocities the 25/20 is capable of.

I have a good supply of 25/20 brass and some is over 25 years old and still going good. I have also necked down 32/20 brass just to see how well it would work and I had no problems with it at all.

You will like the 25/20 its a fun caliber to shoot and I have even taken some squirrels and a few ground hogs with it as well and one turkey.


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H4227/86 grain Remington bullet. Classic load that shoot well in many 25/20's
 
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I just got an MGM barrel in 25-20 (15.875" bull). Started it using the loads I have used in my Savage 23 in the same caliber. 12 grains of 1680 and the old favorite Lyman 257420 with a gas check and the gun shoots ragged holes at 50 yards.

I too like the Hornady 75 grain Vmax and have gotten fantastic groupings from it in my Savage, but have not tried it in my Contender yet.

Necking Starline 32-20 brass down to 25-20 is a no brainer. Just do it in 2 steps, the first with the seater die and the second with the sizing die.

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Using new brass I’ve had good luck with running the cases straight into the sizing die, 99% success rate. I do use Imperial sizing wax.

I have two .25-20s currently, a Marlin 1894 and a BF pistol. The BF shoots well under moa with the Sierra 75HP and Speer 87TNTs. The Marlin likes the discontinued Speer 75FNs.


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