.32 H&R Magnum


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Weylan
January 14, 2003, 09:45 AM
I'm considering getting a .32 H&R for my wife (S&W model 332) because I know it would be more controllable in a lightweight snub than a .38. But I don't know much about the caliber. Do you find it readily available and what about ballistics for self-defense? Thanks for any advice.

Weylan

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Benton
January 14, 2003, 10:14 AM
I think that .32 H&R Magnum is a good cartridge for the alloy snub guns. The .38 Special always seemed mild before I shot it in a Chief's Special. Then I tried firing a lightweight Colt Cobra and found it recoiling with such force that I had to readjust my grip after each shot.

The ballistics I've read on the .32 indicate a capability of similar performance to standard pressure loadings of the .38. For me, that is powerful enough, especially if it makes possible a lightweight snub with a full six rounds.

The gunshops around me normally have the cartridge in stock. I haven't checked at the Wal-Mart type places.

rock jock
January 14, 2003, 11:07 AM
I have a 331. Like it much.

HukeOKC
January 14, 2003, 04:06 PM
All I can say is good luck finding ammo. And when you do find ammo you probably won't get a very big selection. I liked the recoil on it though and it was for my wife. But the ammo issue made it a real hassle. Good luck on your choice.

Ebbtide
January 14, 2003, 04:30 PM
I hope you reload, or have a good supplier. I had a .32 a few years back and sold it for the that reason (could not find ammo).

From my limited experience I can say that the recoil was not much different than the 38 special.

Good Luck,

ehenz

Kentucky Rifle
January 14, 2003, 04:59 PM
I have two. Taurus 731UL and S&W 331. Ammunition at the Louisville gun shops is easy to find. (I'm tempted to buy a 332 Centennial too.) I think the snubs I own recoil a little less than a non +P .38 Special.
Tamara has one...so you KNOW they've got to be pretty good.

KR

Jim March
January 14, 2003, 05:53 PM
Well here's some good news.

An outfit called Texas Ammo has a new 32Mag Express that was designed for 2" barrel snub sixguns like the S&Ws and Taurii. An 85grain JHP moving at 1,000fps and tested for expansion at that speed is nothing to sneer at, and six of those are probably more useful than five good .38+P.

See also:

http://www.texas-ammo.com/about.htm#news

http://www.texas-ammo.com

It's not on their online order system yet but call 'em, last I heard this was a shipping product and is probably the best 32Mag defensive load around.

Georgia Arms has plinking fodder in both 32Mag and 32S&W Long, the latter is compatible and won't have much recoil. Prices aren't bad either.

Upshot: the ammo situation is pretty bad if you want to just "walk in and buy it anywhere" but mailorder, it's not nearly so grim.

JBP
January 14, 2003, 08:09 PM
I had my H&R 586 out to the range Sunday. I prefer using Georgia Arm's (http://www.georgia-arms.com/pistol.htm) 100gr JHP but I sent my brass to Bullseye (http://www.bullseyeguns.com/relammo.asp) for reloading to 90gr LSWC & 95gr JHP and for practice they have been pretty good.

tomac14
March 5, 2006, 07:30 PM
I see several comments about the S&W model 331, which I think is now discontinued. How does the new Model 431 compare to the 331.

And why isn't the 431 shown on the S&W website since my dealer has 2 in stock?

thanks,

Tomac14

461
March 5, 2006, 09:07 PM
If I wasn't a reloader then I'd probably pass on it as ammo is indeed tough to find. I'm quite glad I'm a reloader though and I really like the .32 H&R in my Ruger SP-101 3 1/4". I'll be buying a little centenial if I run accross one at a decent price. Recoil is to me just right and the accuracy so far is amazing.

jc2
March 5, 2006, 09:39 PM
I'm considering getting a .32 H&R for my wife (S&W model 332) because I know it would be more controllable in a lightweight snub than a .38.
Nothing against the .32 H&R Magnum--it's a neat and interesting little cartridge that I wish had caught on--BUT that was NOT my experience with it (versus a 442).

gunfan
March 6, 2006, 12:47 PM
have both of our H&R Model 732 revolvers rechambered for the .32 H&R Magnum. This will provide them with the added versatility provided by the aforementioned Texas Ammunition outfit. The 85 grain, 1000 fps from a 4" barrel will come in mighty handy when someone begins arguing with me about whether or not I should "exercise the option" of keeping my own money! :)

Besides, the 2 1/2" version with a round butt conceals quite well.

Scott

Manedwolf
March 6, 2006, 01:10 PM
Some ads have claimed that .32 H&R Mag will work just fine in an old Nagant pistol...but I'm not sure I'd trust the metallurgy of something that old.

wbond
March 7, 2006, 03:50 AM
My Ruger SP101 .32 Mag 3" barrel revolver is great and recoil is easy. I do feel this round is slightly better than a .380 because it should have better penetration due to smaller caliber with similar weight bullet and more speed. I think this is one case where a slightly smaller caliber is (theoretically) better, due to increased penetration. However, the .32M and .380 are very similar in one shot stopping potential, so I'm splitting hairs. The .32M and .380 are very similar ballistically, yet the .380 holds a lot more ammo. That tells me the .380 is better, unless you prefer a revolver.

I like the .32M a lot because I'm recoil sensitive, but it's not in the same class as a .38 Spl standard pressure. The .32M is easier to shoot and has one more round. Never the less, the .38 Spl is undeniably better per shot, if you can handle the recoil.

I love my .32M and prefer it to a .38 Spl because I'm recoil sensitive, but I'm not going to lie to you. The .38 Spl is much better, if you can handle the recoil. If you are recoil sensitive, then the .380 and .32M are both great choices, unless you're super sensitive, in which case .32 ACP or .32 Long are choices. Hey, people with arthritis or other issues can only handle whatever their condition allows. Anything is better than nothing and markmanship goes a long ways.

I suggest you also take a close look at the Taurus .38 Spl small frame with 3" barrel. It weighs about 22 oz and is a dandy. That extra inch of barrel does wonders to improve accuracy, velocity, and it does not increase recoil. It is still easy to conceal and carry. However, I'd recommend bobbing the hammer for easiest conceal and draw. There is standard pressure, low recoil .38 Spl ammo for 2" snubs that shoots JHP bullets weighing from 92 gr to 110 gr with standard pressure. These give recoil almost as low as a .32 Mag, but with more stopping power. I personally still prefer the .32M because it's easier on my hands and has one more round.

The Ruger SP101 .32M 3" barrel is easy to shoot accurately and fast. My only complaint was the sharp edges on the hammer thumb tab. First thing I did was file those off with a smooth diamond coated file (don't get shavings inside the gun). Note: Ruger also makes this same gun in a .38 Spl.

As for the .32M lighter 2" snubs: What you lose dropping from a 3" to a 2" barrel really hurts the velocity and hitting power (and probably expansion). This applies to barrel lengths of .38 Spl too.

The 2" snubs from S&W are so light that recoil will be harsh, even in .32M. Don't let the cartridge fool you. It can kick up a storm in a 13.5 oz gun. I'd avoid the S&W unless you have a high recoil tolerance. If you want a small, light gun, the Taurus .32 Mag 2" barrel weighs 17 oz. If the hammer is bobbed, it should make a dandy pocket gun with moderate recoil.

However, if you want low recoil, look at a Ruger SP101 3" barrel revolver at 28 oz. Very low recoil. The Ruger requires a holster to carry it, or a fanny pack, in my experience. It'll fit in my coat pocket, but the weight sags my coat badly. When I put it in my waist band, it wants to pants me in public. However, if I put on a belt, I can easily carry it in my waistband. An inside the waistband holster would work dandy.

On the other hand, my Firestorm auto weighs 23 oz and carries easily by any method, including in my coat pocket. It even works in some pants pockets. I therefore also highly recommend a Firestorm .380 auto.

That said, a 17 oz Taurus should carry easily.

Bottom Line: In order from lowest recoil to highest based on my experiences as a recoil sensitive person:

1) .32 ACP Firestorm auto - great gun, low recoil, accurate, low stopping potential, weighs 23 oz, easy to carry in almost any manner, including coat pocket (7+1 shots)

2) .32M Ruger SP101 3" barrel medium size revolver - great gun, low recoil with ammo appropriate for barrel length, medium stopping potential, weighs 28 oz, not as easy to carry, will require a holster or fanny pack (6 shots)

3) .380 ACP Firestorm auto - great gun, medium recoil, accurate, almost medium stopping potential, weighs 23 oz, easy to carry in almost any manner, including coat pocket (9+1 shots)

4) .38 Spl Taurus 3" barrel small size revolver, great gun, medium recoil, accurate, medium or better stopping potential, weighs 23 oz, easy to carry in almost any manner, including coat pocket

5) .32M Taurus 2" barrel small size revolver, great gun, medium recoil, accurate, almost medium stopping potential, weighs 17 oz, easy to carry in any manner, including coat pocket, pants pocket, or whatever

6) Both the Taurus and S&W could be used to shoot .32 Longs, which would be the same or a tad more potent than a .32 ACP. This alternative should not be dismissed for very recoil sensitive people wanting a pocket gun. The Ruger can also shoot .32 Longs, but I see no reason to do this since the Ruger has little recoil with the .32M.

Note: the only guns I have not shot that are on the list are the Firestorm .380 and the Taurus .32M. I have shot the Taurus .38 and I own the Ruger SP101 .32M and the Firestorm .32 ACP.

Note: because any of the above (except Ruger SP101) can be carried in a pocket, the hammer should be bobbed if going to carry in a pocket. This does not apply to the Ruger SP101 since it can't carry in a pocket.

Note: Any reference to stopping potential means one shot stopping potential. Since you can shoot more than once, the one shot stop potential may not be that important as long as 2 to 3 shots can be put on target. The least powerful gun mentioned is the .32 ACP and I think it can get it done if you are a decent shot and get 3 good hits. That's my opinion based on what I read about South American security forces who use .32 ACP with a triple tap policy.

Any of the other guns mentioned are much more potent than the .32 ACP, so I personally don't think power is an issue with the others since you can shoot more than once.

wbond
March 7, 2006, 04:22 AM
Ammo is easy to find online and sometimes a good bargain too. As for finding it locally, my local gun store offered to start carrying whatever brand I like. I told them to hold off until I find out what I like best. For now, I'm ordering online to try different brands and loads.

I like the .32 Mag, but let's don't fool ourselves. It's no magnum, except in name only. It should have been named the .32 Special because that's what it really is.

I think the .32M has more penetration, velocity, and stopping potential than a .380 ACP, but gives similar recoil. This is one reason I find the .32M attractive.

The .32M is defineately less powerful than a .38 Spl standard pressure with regard to stopping potential and recoil. However, I like the .32M better than the .38 Spl because of less recoil and one more round.

With regard to stopping potential, I think the .32M is most similar to the 9x18, but that's only a best guess since no one has ever done a scientific comparison of the two and neither has been used in any real world shootings in the free world (that I know of). I suppose the Soviets had lots of data on the 9x18 from tests and real world shootings, but I've never seen it.

As for .32M ammo, I've tried:

Federal 85 gr JHP - great ammo. cheap (online), clean, powerful, kicks like heck.

Black Hills - same as Federal

Georgia Arms 85 gr JHP: cheap, very dirty, powerful, kills like heck.

Georgia Arms also makes a 100 gr JHP. Why bother with the 100 gr? It would kick like a .38 Spl, but have less stopping power. In fact, I think it might have less stopping potential than the .32M 85 gr JHP due to over penetration and lack of velocity. Slow and heavy only works for fat calibers. I don't think that's going to work for a skinny caliber. Skinny needs speed and expansion. Therefore the 85 gr JHP should be best for .32M.

The problem with all the ammo above is they are made for 5 to 6 inch barrel guns. Very inappropriate for a 2" or 3" barrel gun.

However, "Stars and Stripes" makes ammo for the 2" barrel guns. I just ordered some. It should be excellent in my 3" Ruger. Also should be good in the 2" Taurus .32M. However, the Taurus is very light at 17 oz and will kick noticeably with any .32M ammo. If you really want to reduce recoil, the Taurus might kick to hard. I have arthritis. The Ruger is at the very top end of my recoil tolerance when shooting the Federal, or any of the other long barrel ammos. I think the Ruger will be sweet shooting with the snubby ammo. However, I'm certain the Taurus .32M would kick to much for me with any .32M ammo.

I could shoot .32 Longs in the Taurus, but that's equally as anemic as .32 ACP, but without the ammo capacity. That would be scary with regard to stopping potential.

I already read the post from the other fella about .32M snubby ammo at that Texas place. I'm glad to hear that others make .32M loads for 2" barrels. I'm looking forward to trying that brand too.

Anyone know of other brands of snubby ammo for .32M and .38 Spl?

notbubba
March 7, 2006, 12:05 PM
wbond;

"Ammo is easy to find online"


WHERE????????
:banghead:

Last time I looked (a year ago) I couldn't find any.

Red Tornado
March 7, 2006, 12:31 PM
Notbubba,
Midway's got some. http://www.midwayusa.com/esearch.exe/search?category_selector=653&search_keywords=.32+H%26R+Magnum&Click+to+Begin+Search.x=11&Click+to+Begin+Search.y=13

I didn't check anywhere else.
RT

Fireatwill
March 7, 2006, 08:16 PM
I have owned a few 32 longs over the years and one .32 mag. I like the old Colts and S&Ws in .32 long. A competent gunsmith can ream the chamber to fire .32 mags. I have done this on a limited basis with no harm to the guns. I would not do this with any other brands or non-solid frame guns. Have the gun checked out by a competent gunsmith before firing.

The .32 longs and the .32 mag will also fire the .32 auto cartridge. They are easy shooting with little recoil. The only problem is that sometimes the shells don't want to eject easily.

The .32 autos are cheaper than the .32 mags and easier to find.

wbond
March 8, 2006, 02:27 AM
To NotBubba:

You gotta work your Google.

http://www.ammobank.com
Never bought from them, but they've got it.

http://www.georgia-arms.com
Cheap, powerful, but dirty

http://www.black-hills.com/
Bought some, but haven't tried it yet.
Note that Black Hills makes it. It can be purchased from several retailer places online for good prices, including Midway.

Federal Ammo is good and can be purchased cheap online from several places

http://www.starsandstripesammo.com
Bought some, but haven't received it yet. They make two loads. One for 6" barrel and one for 2" barrel. I'm buying the 2" since I have a 3" barrel.

http://www.midwayusa.com sells two kinds of Black Hills and two kinds of Federal

http://store.bernies-sports.com has Federal

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com
Has Federal, MagSafe, and Master brands of .32 Mag. I never heard of "Master" before, but I'm open minded.

http://www.texas-ammo.com/ allegedly has .32 Mag for short 2" barrel revolvers (based on other fellas' post). If so, this would be great.

This list is not complete. This is just what I could whip together in 15 minutes at Google. I'm sure there are more sellers of .32 Mag. Probably more brands as well. However, I'm only interested in snubby ammo.

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I know the Federal is great stuff, but it's made for a 5" barrel. It's not appropriate for my 3"

The Georgia Arms has been dirty for me, it's also made for a 6" barrel, which is not appropriate for my 3".

The Black Hills is reputed to be very good and is affordable, but I haven't yet tried it. However, I know it's made for a 6" barrel and will not be appropriate for my 3".

The Stars and Stipes is more expensive, but is made for 2" barrels and I expect it will be great. I'm really looking forward to trying it. They also have ammo for 6" barrels.

The Texas Ammo for 2" barrel sounds really promising for my 3" barrel.

My advice is use the Stars and Stripes or Texas Ammo short barrel ammo (made for 2" barrel) in guns with 3" barrels and shorter. For 4" barrels and longer, use the Federal (made for 5")

Ammo and gun work best when ammo made for the barrel length of the gun or when ammo made for 1" shorter. When ammo made for a barrel longer than the gun has, the recoil and muzzle flash are high with very little benefit to velocity.

wbond
March 8, 2006, 02:51 AM
Some have said that they did not find the .32M had less recoil than a .38 Spl.

You can really only compare them when using same size and weight guns.

With same size-weight gun, the .32M is much nicer to shoot than .38 Spl for recoil sensitive people.

However, all 2" .32M revolvers are super light weights that are so light that they will kick a lot, especially if you are using inappropriate ammo. i.e. - you need snubby ammo for snubby guns.

The S&W .32M snubby revolvers are so light at 13.5 oz that they kick a lot.

The Taurus .32M revolver is light at 17 oz and will kick comparable or more than a 21 oz steel or stainless steel .38 Spl snubby. However, a 17 oz Taurus snubby .32M will kick less than the same weight .38 Spl.

The .32M offers low recoil in the 28 ounce .32M Ruger SP101 3" barrel.

The .32M offers moderate recoil in the 17 ounce .32M Taurus 2" barrel.

The .32M offers high recoil in the 13.5 ounce .32M S&W 2" barrel.

In fact, the S&W .32M recoil is reputedly so high that a reviewer was concerned about the recoil moving the bullet seating position in the cases of unfired rounds. That much recoil is going to hurt, unless you have a tough hand and a high tolerance.

On the other hand, the Ruger SP101 .32M is a pussy cat to shoot.

The Taurus .32M is in between.

wileyj
March 8, 2006, 11:27 AM
Gunblast did a very nice evaluation of the S&W 431PD and 432PD back in December and has some chronograph figures of various ammor from the revolvers.
http://www.gunblast.com/WBell_SW32s.htm

cookekdjr
March 8, 2006, 12:21 PM
The S&W .32M snubby revolvers are so light at 13.5 oz that they kick a lot.

No, that's not the case. I can be a total recoil wuss when it comes to .38's fired out of an airweight revolver. I sold my Taurus 85 Ti because of it's painful recoil.
But the recoil of the .32 mag out of the S&W Airweight is much lighter than anything I've shot out of a light-weight .38 revolver. I had a buddy who thought the most powerful .32's were similar in recoil to the least powerful .38's. I could tell a difference, but he could not. But that was comparing the hottest .32 to the weakest .38, not an apples to apples comparison.
-David

Dark Helmet
March 9, 2006, 12:20 AM
Very accurate, 1149 fps. out of 6.5" Ruger SS (S.D. of 9 :D ) Hollowpoint doesn't expand well, though! Now a 60 gr. Gold Dot handload :eek: !!

wbond
March 9, 2006, 12:31 AM
A light 13.5 oz .32M snub probably kicks more than a 22 oz .38 Spl. snub.

A light 17 oz .32M snub probably kicks similar to a 22 oz .38 Spl.

This assumes you use the standard pressure ammo in the .38 that is intended for snubs. Like the several standard pressure 110 gr bullet loads available.

Also, if you can shoot a 13.5 oz .32M comfortably, then you're not very recoil sensitive.

No truly recoil sensitve person is going to be happy shooting a 13.5 oz .32M snubby. A 13.5 oz .38 Spl would obviously be worse yet.

My whole point was that if you're going to .32M because you're recoil sensitive, then don't get a 13.5 oz gun. At least not unless you try shooting one first.

My hand is held together by 4 screws and I have arthritis in both hands and wrist. My doctor told me not to even shoot handguns. Heck with that advice, but I am very recoil sensitive.

You obviously don't like high recoil, but that's not the same as being very recoil sensitive.

On the other hand, if you're going to .32M to get a really light pocket gun with decent power and 6 shots, then the light .32M revolvers are fantastic and kick less than the same weight .38 Spl gun.

Dark Helmet
March 9, 2006, 11:31 PM
Did some searching, seems that Master Cartridge is now Georgia Arms, and Georgia Arms is having trouble sourcing 100 gr. hollowpoints :( .

wbond
March 10, 2006, 02:09 AM
Regarding the 100 gr JHP:

I think I'm understanding you to say that those might no longer be available?

Personally, I think the 85 gr JHP is most appropriate for this caliber anyway.

The 85 gr JHP has more velocity, which helps expansion.

Alan Fud
March 10, 2006, 02:51 AM
It appears that Taurus no longer offers a gun in this caliber. Using their "search by caliber" feature on their website turned up nothing.

wbond
March 10, 2006, 04:43 PM
Darn. I wanted to buy one of those Taurus and shoot .32 Longs in it.

phoglund
March 10, 2006, 05:29 PM
From Taurus website:

http://www.taurususa.com/products/product-details.cfm?model=731SSULC&category=Revolver

The helper apps on the Taurususa website aren't much help.

MCgunner
March 10, 2006, 06:07 PM
Out of a strong gun like the Ruger, you can get some REALLY impressive numbers if you reload the .32 mag. It has real potential that most of the factory stuff fails to capitalize on I think because of the rather weak H&R the round was designed for and the resultant low SAAMI pressures for the round.

I've got a friend with a Ruger SSM, a single action small frame gun. He loves that thing and he gets energies in the 400 ft lb range with it. I don't remember any specific loads, been a while, but shot 'em over my chronograph and I was impressed.

Of course, its caliber doesn't start with a 4, so the "big bullet is the only thing that matters" crowd would thumb their noses I'm sure, but I like the round and would want a strong gun for it if I got one. However, I don't shoot the caliber. I like .38 and own several .38s and a couple of .357 mags. When I can get a 3" SP101 in .357 mag, I'll pass on the .32, extra round or no. I'm not a recoil sensitive kinda guy. I hunt with big caliber powerful handguns, though I haven't tried any of the new wonder-magnums. But, .357 doesn't bother me so long as it's not a 12 ounce titanium gun or something.

From Taurus website:

http://www.taurususa.com/products/pr...egory=Revolver

The helper apps on the Taurususa website aren't much help.

See, I've got one of those in .38 already. :D

oneshooter
March 10, 2006, 08:56 PM
I have a set of Ruger single sixae w/4 3/4"? barrels. I use tham as the second step training pistols, first step is a Colt 22 SA. The recoil, even with mag loads is quite mild. And with 32longs is the same as a 22.

Oneshooter
Livin in Texas

Dark Helmet
March 10, 2006, 11:51 PM
Doesn't look like they have any, didn't see any 100's at the G.A. booth at the gunshow last weekend, tho they had the 85's.
Cor-bon may be working on a new load, maybe if some more people show their interest!? A 60 gr. Gold Dot or DPX load would be nice!!! :D

gunfan
March 11, 2006, 12:04 AM
You can find some wonderful loading data for the 60-grain Gold Dot for the .32 S&W Long.

I hope that this helps,

Scott

MCgunner
March 11, 2006, 08:24 AM
....sawed-off shotgun, which is really what one needs to do business with the wrong people, ask any cop.

Yep, but my Mossberg is a little heavy when I carry it IWB under a T shirt and I sure get a lot of weird looks walking though the Gallaria with the butt stock sticking out of my pants.:rolleyes: Guess I need a pistol grip for concealment?

wbond
March 11, 2006, 06:32 PM
In my opinion, part of the attraction of .32 Mag is the reduced recoil and one extra shot in a small to medium size gun. That's the attraction for me.

The S&W .32s are so light that this eliminates the "low recoil" attraction of a .32M. I think this is why they bit the dust.

As for Taurus .32M, they're a bit heavier than the S&W, which is good IMO. I'm not sure if Taurus .32M are still made in 2006 or not. I've heard yes and no. I have found a place that is selling them new in the box for a good price. No I'm not going to list the place here yet because I want one and don't have the money for the next 2 weeks. I'd like to help you guys get one, if you want it, but not until after I've got mine. I'm sorry if that sounds selfish, but like Shakespear said, "Above all be true to thyself".

As for Ruger SP101s, they're still going strong and being made. This tends to support my theory that low recoil is an important attraction of the .32 Mag since the Ruger is a bit heavier and has low recoil.

As for ammo, I think there's not to much need to worry as long as Ruger continues making the SP101. I listed several places to buy ammo online in an earlier post in this thread.

akodo
March 12, 2006, 12:11 AM
the 32 mag was developed to give 38 special performance, and from the numbers i have seen it does. As others have posted, go with the lighter bullets, more velocity = better expansion. Plus you get an extra round in the cylinder.

I also agree with what is said about going for the ruger sp101, sp101 is heavier = less felt recoil, 3 inch barrel = more weight yet for less recoil, plus better ballistics, and better sight radius, making it easeier to shoot accurately.

Plus you can teach her on 32 longs, but put 32 mags in for carry/ready state in nightstand.

Still, maybe you are gonig about this all wrong. What about a 38 special 3-4 inch barrel, standard size model (6 shot, or in taurus, 7 shot) the added size and barrel makes the gun heavier = less felt recoil, you can practice with the softest 38 specials you can find and load 38 +ps for real usage. Hell, go 357 and just always use 38 specials. I tell you, a smith and wesson k frame 38 special doesn't recoil much at all, probably less than a 32 mag in even a semi-lightweight frame. The key to this system is to get aftermarket grips that are built for smaller hands.

Regarding the 32 mag going extinct...I'd agree except for one thing, cowboy action shooting has gotten ahold of the 32 mag, that will keep it alive. Now, the bullet selection might change quite a bit, but once an ammo maker is making type A B and D in 32 mag for cowboy action, it dosn't take much tio make type C every once in a while for home defense.

gunfan
March 12, 2006, 06:39 PM
Charter Arms is coming out with a Bulldog frame revolver in .32 H&R Magnum (in both 4" and 2" barrels.) The 4" barrel will have the option of either adjustable or fixed sights. The 2" barreled model wil have oly the fixed sights.

Good shootin'

Scott

wbond
March 15, 2006, 11:53 PM
http://www.impactguns.com has them for good prices and Firestorms and Bersas for great prices. Everythings on sale right now there. Not a B.S. "sale", but a real one. See for yourself.

So yes, you can still buy the Taurus .32 Mag snubby.

However, I still prefer the Ruger SP101 3" barrel .32M, which can be bought anywhere, including http://www.impactguns.com

wbond
March 15, 2006, 11:57 PM
.32 Mag Ammo is plentiful online and sometimes cheap too.

Of the cheap stuff online, the Federal is my favorite - clean and powerful.

However, I prefer the snubby ammo loads for less recoil and less muzzle flash from my 3" barrel.

I made a post about all this stuff and where to buy, including working links. See the prior page of this thread. Go git some ammo.

Dark Helmet
March 17, 2006, 10:59 PM
Three different loads here! http://www.thehuntingshack.com/catalog/retail/hsmpistol/standard32hrmag.htm

Byron
March 19, 2006, 11:19 AM
This has been most helpful as I my wife cannot take much recoil due to physical problems. Does anyone know if the double action on the Ruger SP101 is heavy or light? If heavy,can this pull be reduced by a gunsmith? Thanks,Byron

jc2
March 19, 2006, 02:11 PM
The SP101 has a typical DA trigger out of the box. Disassembly and thorough cleaning/lubing (getting rid of all the "packing grease") helps the trigger pull a great deal. Also, buy a pack of snap caps and spend a couple weeks dryfiring--several hundred dryfires will work wonders for the trigger pull. If you want more (but I'm not sure you will need more), you pack it off to a good custom shop that works on Rugers. Don't forget the SP101 offers the option of SA fire as well--it is not DAO.

wbond
March 19, 2006, 04:44 PM
The SP101 DA trigger is the lightest of any stock DA revolver I've ever tried. However, I have tried some .38 Spl S&W that had custom trigger jobs that were lighter. However, there are a few places that do great trigger jobs for the Rugers too, including the SP101.

The stock DA trigger is very good, and get's better with some synthetic lube oil (I prefer Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil lightest weight for small trigger parts) (for places where the cylinder rubs the frame I prefer the nickel based anti-seize or any other good dry lube)

Any how, my SP101 DA trigger pull was good out of the box, but got better after light amount of Mobil 1 lube. Keeps getting better yet with use.

I've been told that trigger jobs are best to be done after putting 500 rounds through a gun. So I'm not ready for a trigger job yet, but I probably won't need one.

wbond
March 19, 2006, 04:47 PM
The SP101 is going to be the best revolver for your wife. Period. The only question is .32 Mag or .38 Spl. I think the SP101 is the best of the .38 Spls and the .32 Mags, but which to get?

As for those recommending a .38 Spl, in a full frame with right ammo, she could shoot that, but would never carry it (to big and heavy). In a small frame she could NOT shoot it. The Ruger SP101 is a medium frame revolver. Great for .38 Spl, if you can handle some recoil. However, if your're very sensitive (like me), then the .32 Mag is best in SP101, especially with snubby ammo if you buy the 3" barrel, or with Federal Ammo if you buy the 4" barrel.

For you wife, I really think the .32 Mag in an SP101 with 3" barrel and snubby ammo would be best. Snubby ammo is optimized for 2" and 3" barrels to keep down recoil and muzzle flash. It's available from Stars and Stripes ammo and Texas Ammo as explained in an earlier post I made in this same thread. That earlier ammo post included links.

wbond
March 19, 2006, 04:54 PM
Let's put All the Ammo .32 Mag Sources in one post for convenience. I'd be happy to add any more, if we find more.

http://www.ammobank.com
Never bought from them, but they've got it.

http://www.georgia-arms.com
Cheap, powerful, but dirty

http://www.black-hills.com/
Bought some, but haven't tried it yet.
Note that Black Hills makes it. It can be purchased from several retailer places online for good prices, including Midway.

Federal Ammo is good and can be purchased cheap online from several places

http://www.starsandstripesammo.com
Bought some, but haven't received it yet. They make two loads. One for 6" barrel and one for 2" to 3" barrel. I'm buying the 2" since I have a 3" barrel.

http://www.midwayusa.com sells two kinds of Black Hills and two kinds of Federal

http://store.bernies-sports.com has Federal

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com
Has Federal, MagSafe, and Master brands of .32 Mag. I never heard of "Master" before, but I'm open minded.

http://www.texas-ammo.com/ allegedly has .32 Mag for short 2" to 3" barrel revolvers (based on other fellas' post). If so, this would be great.

http://www.thehuntingshack.com

This list is not complete. This is just what I could whip together in 15 minutes at Google, plus added a couple that other HighRoaders found. I'm sure there are more sellers of .32 Mag. Probably more brands as well. However, I'm personally only interested in snubby ammo for my 3" barrel.

wbond
March 19, 2006, 09:01 PM
These topics have already been covered in this thread, but I thought I'd organize it in one place for what guns are available and where to buy, and another thread for ammo available and where to buy.

Available .32M guns and where to buy them.
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=190035

Available .32M ammo and where to buy it.
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=189990

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