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Old 04-14-2011, 04:42 PM
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.32 vs .32 mag ?


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I recently picked up a .32 mag revolver. I went to the range and was shooting the mag ammo, but I also brought a box of regular .32, the mag isn't easy to track down and it isn't cheap, anyway I was getting duds about 1/7 of my shots and I noticed the regular ammo has a thinner casing in the back so it sits lower. So my question, is it bad for the firing pin firing the regular ammo, is there some other ammo option that I should go with? Let me know what you think, thanks.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:09 PM
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This is very odd and I have never encountered it.
S&B .32 S&W Lon wadcutters have a rime thickness of .050”
R-P .32 S&W Long cases have a rim thickness of .045”
Saco .32 S&W Long is .053” thick

Federal 32 H&R Magnum in .050” thick
Starline 32 H&R Magnum brass has a rim thickness of .050”

What ammo are you shooting and what handgun?
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:59 PM
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What kinda gun?

What does the primer strike look like on a dud round? (a fired magnum won't count as they push back under ignition and the strike looks deeper)

On an empty gun, pull the trigger, w/the cylinder out, and see how far the hammer nose sticks through the frame...my guess is that your spring is weak as magnum primers are harder.

If it is a Ruger...send it to Ruger and get it bored out to .327 Magnum and then you'll be able to shoot all 3. 327 is a smidgen longer, or the smae length as a .357. If you gun is also chambered in .357, (same modle, dif caliber, like a SP101, or a Blackhawk) then it should be able to be chambered in .327.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:22 PM
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I wonder, could Vinnie have gotten some 32 ACP ammo?
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:54 PM
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Jack,
If what he means by "thinner casing in the back" that there is no rim, you are probably right.

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Old 04-19-2011, 08:23 AM
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I never had a problem with any 32 ammo, especially 32 H&R. That 100 grain S&B is good stuff at 900fps out of my Vaquerito.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:41 AM
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I shoot 32acp in my Ruger Single Six 32mag for plinking with no problems. The semi-rim on the 32acp is just enough to chamber ok and since you extract one at a time that's no problem. This won't work in most double action revolvers as the rim is too small diameter for most extracters. The OP isn't clear on what revolver he has and what ammo he is using.
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People tend to think a 32 is a 32 so why won't it work? I once sold an old Webley .38 to a guy I worked with. He burned up the box of .38 S&W I gave him and then sold the gun, minus any ammo, to a relative who was really pissed because he couldn't get it to fire. He was trying to use .380 ACP in it since the gun had the British marked .380 caliber. The guy actually filed the hammer to get enough pin protrusion to make the .380's fire. You would think that when the extractor didn't engage anything he should have know it was the wrong cartridge but hey, it was Arkansas.
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Vinnie! WHAT CALIBER IS MARKED ON THE GUN? You must use a load compatible with the revolver. Not everything marked 32 will work. In fact some loads might be problematic if not outright dangerous. What do you have?
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:46 AM
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If your gun is marked ".32 H&R Mag" you can safely fire .32 S&W or .32 S&W long. A brief skim through "Cartridges of the World" shows 10 different centerfires and 5 rimfire pistol cartridges all of which are designated as .32 caliber and that doesn't even include the European cartridges with designations like 7.62 or 7.65mm. So when you say you had problems with "regular .32's" we have no idea which .32 you tried. I suspect it may have been .32 ACP but that's just a guess.
I understand that .32 H&R mag ammo is expensive but all factory loaded ammo is expensive, and damaging a gun with the wrong ammo is even more expensive.
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If it is a Ruger...send it to Ruger and get it bored out to .327 Magnum and then you'll be able to shoot all 3. 327 is a smidgen longer, or the smae length as a .357. If you gun is also chambered in .357, (same modle, dif caliber, like a SP101, or a Blackhawk) then it should be able to be chambered in .327.

I must be thick headed. Why would you want to do this. Shoot .327 in a .357. Isn't .357 ammo cheaper. I honestly don't know, I reload.
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I think he was saying that if the same model of gun is made in .357 then his .32 cylinder is long enough to rechamber to .327 but that is a pretty lame suggestion to offer to a guy who is already confused about what ammo to use in his gun as is. Also that would certainly not solve his issue with high ammo cost and Ruger would not do the work anyway, that would be a custom gunsmithing job.
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CoyoteJoe, that was what I was thinking. It hasn't been established yet what is wrong w/the combo. But, after re-reading the threads, after I posted mine, I see that him using the wrong ammo is a definite possibility. I hadn't accounted for that. I read his thread to read that his ammo is defective (I have had bad Winchester .38 ammo before, w/rims to thick to close the cylinder).

I also note, that 10 days after his first post, and he has not replied.
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Yeah, I guess he's not as interested in his own question as we are in answering it.
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