.32 mag out of a 1895 Nagant revolver


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Snowdog
November 4, 2004, 12:48 PM
According to a recent Inter Ordinance advertisement, the Russian Nagant revolver they sell can use .32 magnum ammunition.
Is this true for all Nagant revolvers? If so, is this a safe practice?
Or could it be some of the Nagants they sell were converted to use this round?

Thanks in advance.

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JBP
November 4, 2004, 05:52 PM
That's what I've been using in mine (besides Nagant ammo when I can find it) & I've never had any problems with it or cases bulging. Most of the time it's more accurate than that yellow box Nagant ammo I bought from SOG. You also can use 32 S&W Long but I've seen more posts on bulging cases when it is used.

Snowdog
November 5, 2004, 08:59 AM
Well then, I suppose I really don't have any reason not to buy a Nagant revolver since I do have a few boxes of Federal 85gr JHPs already.

Goody.

Stainz
November 5, 2004, 10:55 AM
The .32 S&WL and H&R Magnum rounds are just a bit smaller in OD - and a lot shorter than - the real Nagant ammo. The Nagant ammo's mouth opens in the barrel and requires a bit of a shove to get it out of the cylinder later, thus the SA-style ejector rod. The Magtech .32 S&WL I have shot is so soft, it really bulges, again making extraction tedious.

I have joined the ranks of those who use the re-sized .32-20 brass homebrews in my Nagants, albeit after a bit of a ritual. I obtained 200 new Starline .32-20 cases and first sanded ~ 10 thousandths off the headstamp with 320-600 grit Si/C paper on a flat. This permits the thicker rims to work well with a stock breech block in all Nagants. I then turn ~ 24 thousandths off the rim diameter, using a Taig micro-lathe, to permit self-centering of the rounds in the chamber bores when loading. I size the brass through a Lee carbide M1 Carbine size, then bell and drop powder with an M1 Carbine powder funnel, and seat and crimp with a .32-20 Lee die from the special 'Nagant' set made by Lee for Midway & Graf's (It uses .32-20 brass...). I hold the cases with a .32-20 shellplate in my Dillon 550B. With Meister 100gr DEWC .312" lead over 2.3gr TiteGroup, I get better results than with either the yellow boxed Russian target or the $50/box Fiocchi ammo. I have just started experimenting with the Berry's clad 85gr .311" DEWC's.

I would try the Nagant with the .32 H&R Magnums... they really aren't that much 'hotter' than S&WL's, but the brass should be more stout - and, possibly, shouldn't bulge... making extraction easier. Just be prepared for a 'stout' DA trigger... tricked out, it will still be over 20lb! Do some finger excercises...
They are a neat revolver - and have an interesting history... try the dedicated 1895 Nagant forum on Gunboards...

Stainz

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