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What's up DOK:
(sorry, I could'nt resist)

I think that the .38 would be a good mid-range gun, after all, for so many years the 148 Midrange Wadcutter was all the rage in competitions!
I've often used 148 Copper clad wadcutters I purchased from Wideners in my Security-six to get rabbits and such in VT.  There is low recoil, moderate power, and they are relatively inexpensive to shoot.   My $.02   <!--emo&;)--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=';)'><!--endemo-->
 

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I've been thinking 'bout one of the .32H&R mags from Ruger for a while now.  I think that you are correct when you classify it as a mid-range cartridge, but I don't think the .30carbine qualifies just cause it's a long gun round.(unless I'm missing sumthin', I assumed we were dicussing handguns)
 The 9mm at factory ball specs might also qualify as a mid-range, and several companies have produced rifles in the same, as companion guns.  In my twisted opinion, I think that once we get to the .40, the 10mm and the .357 in pistols, we're moving into the upper end of the scale in performance and power.  
 What has been your experience with the .32mag?  It looks, as you say, to be a potent mid-range caliber capable of jackrabbits, varmints, perhaps even a turkey if the shot was placed correctly.  I've gone for turkey with my .22 to great sucess, granted you take care to kill and NOT wound.  My Colt woodsman has two to it's credit!  
 The .32 is packaged in Ruger's single action form, which to me is even more condusive since I own a few S/A revolvers.  This cartridge sounds to be a good "gap filler" in the heirarchy of calibers.
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32 H&R mag.

Just ran across a Smith & Wesson model 16-4, 6" bbl. 95% condition in .32H&R mag. The dealer was asking $280.00, I made an offer of 250 and he accepted!:D My permit is filed, and a down payment left.

My question to anyone still following this thread, esp. William; what's the best Factory ammo till I get set to load for the gun?:confused:

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Chris~
 

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Dok, Alyeska and the gang!!!
After reading this thread over & over & over & over I deceided I "need" a mid range gun.
I searched around the local haunts, and came upon a set of Smith K frames, both full lug and VERY moderatly priced. Well, I couldn't just leave one of 'em:D
I found a Smith model 16-4 in 32 H&R magnum, 6 inch , blue and yelling "take me home":( It's little brother, a model 17-6 followed..:D
So far, It's very accurate with minimal recoil, and If it performs like DOK's reporting, I think I've got a find!!!:cool:

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32's...

No DOK,
I think I'm gonna stay the purist on this one. It took me a while to get 'em, and as they are "older" Smiths, they aren't drilled and tapped at this time.
The .22 will stay as is, 'cept for perhaps a set of Smith target grips.
The 32 is getting it's original grips put back on.> they are a smooth finger groove wood combat grip[the first owner threw them out :eek:
Being the ballistic wonder it is, I think I'll sight it in at 50yds, and leave it there. I'll do it from the bench, cause my eyes are not what they were.
I shot .32 longs and shorts from this one at 25yrds, shoots to POA with ZERO recoil. Still have not gotten any Magnum ammo yet. I'll keep you advised.
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Yes,
in reading through the posts, it has been stated that "10 grains of H110 and any 100 grain bullet will work"- - I'll have to get the dies and get tooled up for reloading if I do in fact find that it's a feasable shooter. Other wise, looks like factory ammo for now.:(
How's your's working out for you? You went with the Ruger if the posts and memory serves.
Anyway hope all is well. Gents, I bid you g'night, as 05:00 comes too early on the east coast!:eek:


Talk again soon,
Chris~;)
 

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DOK:

Good luck with your Ruger .32;) But me, I don't think I'll ever give up the .38's:cool: Just such a fun round to punch holes in paper with, and I think at last count, I'm loading them for about .08$ a round...:p

This was a great thread!!!
Chris~
 
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