Squirrel Gun - 32 Cal.

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by tonygrz, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. tonygrz

    tonygrz New Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Cross Plains, Tx
    I'm in the bidding for a "I think" Traditions 32 cal. squirrel gun. The barrel is marked "32 CAL" and then "SQUIRREL" Since I've never worked with any caliber under 50, what size balls and ticking does it take??? Does anyone make a 31 round ball or a 32 Maxi-ball? And now to powder - FFG or a subsitute - how many grain eqivilent?? Maybe a small charge of 40 to start??

    Thanks a bunch for all your answers. Will let you know if I win the auction.

  2. 44-40 Willy

    44-40 Willy New Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Should be a .310 round ball. Not sure on the patch thickness though. As for powder, I'd be looking at FFFg or Pyrodex P (if percussion) and starting with about 15 or 20 grains. 40 would be a bit much IMHO.

    Dixie Gun Works should have everything you need. Matter of fact, I'd use the load data listed for their squirrel rifle as a starting point.


  3. As stated .310 with a .020 greased patch, FFFg or Pyrodex rifle if wanting a BP substitute. Rule of thumb on rifles is begin with same grains as caliber so on 32 I would begin with 30. 15 grains is excellent for target practice. I have 2 32s and use a 65 grain load on them when using one to deer hunt, yes they will take down a deer really well. My daughter has taken a few with 32 over the years. IF only squirrel hunting, I think you will find between 20 and 40 grains will be a good load some where. Main thing is find a load that shoots good consistant groups at distances you expect to be hunting at. On ething on a 32 is clean it between every shot or 2 at most. smaller the bore, the more the bore needs to be swabbed out between shots due to fowling.

    WV SCROUNGER New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    you can order .32 Maxi balls or .32 Minnies at Blue grouse website.
    Great Website!!!:eek:
  5. hotroddinaggie

    hotroddinaggie New Member

    Jan 15, 2012
    i got some maxi ball from them awhile back cannot find them just tried search for blue grouse please send me their www. address thanks derrall, hotroddinaggie@yahoo.com
  6. Rafsob

    Rafsob New Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    Hayes, Va.
    Do you know how many Blue grouse website there are???
  7. anthonymsga

    anthonymsga New Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    I would say more like pyrodex and 35 grains. 310 round ball perfect for hunting squirrel
  8. Newtire

    Newtire New Member

    Jan 28, 2010
    I mistakenly took the "wrong" powder to the range first time out. I wound up using 2fg Hodgdon 777 instead of the recommended 3fg. Got a 1" group at 50yds. using 20 grains (by volume) 2fg 777 and a tightly patched (.015" wonder patch) .310" Hornady round ball. 777 had no troubles lighting off with a #11 cap and easy cleanup. That's my story & I'm stickin to it.
  9. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Missouri Ozarks
    For squirrels and rabbits 20 grs.is plenty in a 32. I use 20 in my 36 and it's more than adequate. Head shots are still pretty much required, IMO, as meat destruction is significant with either caliber. Small bores are a lot of fun, been using them since the mid-70's.
  10. Grizzley1

    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2014
    I had a .32 back in the 80's, at the time all my other rifles were .50 or bigger and all I had for powder was 2F black, it worked just fine in my .32 so I never bothered to get 3F for it.
  11. dcriner

    dcriner Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    I have a Traditions "Crockett, .32 cal, percussion, 1/48" twist, made in Spain. Hornady #6000, .310" round balls are readily available from places like Dixie Gun Works, and other muzzleloading suppliers. I prefer swaged rather than cast.

    You can experiment with various patches and powder loadings. I use .015" thick, 7/8" diameter, pre-lubed patches from Eastern Maine Shooting Supplies. If they are too tight, you can go to .010".
    I use 30 gr of 3f black powder, which seems plenty heavy.

    Besides squirrels, a .32 rifle, with its light recoil, is great for newcomers, women, and kids. And, it's even great fun for someone of my advanced age :)
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