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Recommend a .32 bullet?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Col. Harrumph, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Col. Harrumph

    Col. Harrumph Member

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    I'm about ready to reassemble the US Revolver .32 I inherited from an uncle some 50 years ago, and since it's of black powder vintage I'll be loading my own.

    I haven't found a suitable bullet that's not already lubed with some smokeless concoction, so here's my question for you:

    What mould should I use? (Preferably Lee or something else inexpensive... I don't plan on a lot of casting/shooting.) The barrel mics to .315-.316 inch, and I probably shouldn't go over about 90 gr.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    I used to shoot the Berrys plated 83 Gr HBWC, but they haven't made any for a number of years now.

    So I tried some coated 98 Gr WCs from MBC and they shoot well from .32 Long or Mag brass.

    Work up very slow.
     
  3. Walkalong

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    You can always just use the 60 Gr XTP intended for .32 auto, or the 85 Gr XTP intended for revolvers. Pricey though.
     
  4. fxvr5

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    Is this gun chambered in 32 S&W Short?
     
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    Do you mean they are coated with a polymer coating?

    There are plain, traditionally lubed 32 bullets available, usually sized .313 if that would work for you.
    http://missouribullet.com/results.php?category=5&secondary=20
     
  6. Englishmn
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    Try the first one. Screenshot_20190312-135456.png
    I have about same in a rcbs mold.
    Also have the swc one but it's probably not great for holding bp lube with micro grooves.
     
  7. tightgroup tiger

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    I use the third one with great accuracy at 25 yds, the .314 (TL314-90 SWC) in my SP101 with liquid Alox cut 50% with slow mineral spirits.
    In your barrel, I have no idea how it would work but it is a flat based bullet and caused me no leading at all with my load.
    How did you mic your barrel, lands or grooves?
     
  8. Col. Harrumph

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    Yes, sorry, I should have been more specific. It is .32 short.

    Groove to groove.
     
  9. WestKentucky

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    For 32 short I wouldn’t go any higher than the 85 gr bullets that are out there. It just eats up case volume too quickly. I would seriously consider trailboss though as it should be easier to clean and less corrosive than black.

    For what it’s worth, no roundnose bullet has shot worth a hoot for me in any of the 32 flavors I have had from short all the way up to 327. I would look at truncated cones.
     
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    That's good to know. Thanks for that.
    I'll stick to the SWC 90gr flat based bullet from my Lee mold, that are really accurate but that doesn't help the Col. I shoot them out of .327FM brass.
    I have no experience with 32 short.
     
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  11. GooseGestapo

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    I’ve had splendid results from the Lyman .311252. Casts to 78gr and approximately.314”. I size to .311” for most applications.

    But, I prefer my Lee .312” 90gr RN because it’s a 6-cavity mold...
    Powder coated(Harbor Freight, Tumble method) and sized .311”, they are even more accurate than Sierra JSP through my .30Carbine.

    Shoots “good enough”... at .314” through a couple of ancient S&W Hand-Ejectors.
     
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