Old Taurus 5 screw in 32 S&W long


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makanut
April 25, 2007, 10:10 PM
I just picked up an old Taurus 5 screw, 3" barrel, nickel finish in 32 long at my local shop for $149. Condition is about 90%. I'm very pleased with how this revolver cleaned up, with a little flitz and some tlc, this is a good looking old revolver. My digital camera is out of commission now, so I'll have to post pics at a later date.

I picked up a couple of boxes of Fiocci 32 long 100 grain wad cutters, and headed out to the range. First of all, I was very pleased with the accuracy of the revolver. As expected, the mild wadcutters produced almost no recoil, much like that of a .22. The trigger was not as nice as a Smith, but smooth and broke cleanly. All in all it was a fun range session, and I would probably get another revolver in 32 long if presented the opportunity. While not a serious defensive weapon, This revolver will put the rounds where you want them and it's a lot of fun to shoot.

At $12.99 a box, fiocci wadcutters are not cheap. Can .32 ACP be used in this revolver? I know .32 acp is rimmed, and given the low pressure of the round it seems to me it would be safe to shoot in a revolver chambered in 32 S&W long. I know there are some really knowlegeable folks on this board, so before I go out and blow my hand off tomorrow I thought it would be prudent to ask this question.

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mnrivrat
April 26, 2007, 12:35 AM
.32 ACP is semi-rimmed and if I believe many on this board it should be just fine to shoot it in your Taurus. I have a Taurus 731 in .32 H&R magnum but have not tried the ACP rounds myself - yet - but plan on it.

I mainly shoot the .32 S&W longs in my .32 as they are cheaper than the magnum ammo. The last time I purchased from Natchez they were a little over $8 a box of 50 delivered. Although that hasn't been all that long ago I suspect it has gone up - like most ammo.

I also suspect that your gun could be re-chambered for the .32 Magnum if you desire to do so in the future. ( Check with a local Smith ).

Good buy I think - I would have grabbed that in a heartbeat as well.

makanut
April 26, 2007, 09:04 PM
You and some other board members were correct rivrat. The .32 ACP functioned fine and was quite accurate. This revolver is fun to shoot!:D

makanut
April 27, 2007, 07:55 PM
I took my old Taurus 5 screw 32 long out to the range again today with some more .32 acp and master cartridge 32 s&W long in the red and white box. Man, what a fun shooter! I wonder if there's a way to find a DOB on this old revolver. The Taurus website provides a way to check by inputting the SN to obtain a DOB. There's a number to call, as it states that with old revolvers the DOB may not be available by just providing a serial number. Calling Taurus scares the holy crap out of me,:eek: since I've had first hand knowlege in dealing with Taurus' famed customer service. I'd be surprised if Taurus could give me any useful info at all, so I think I'll just settle for guessing on the DOB.

If anyone on this board can guess at the DOB on an old 3" nickel 5 screw Taurus in cal. .32 long, please let me know.

Again, a really fun to shoot old revolver, the best $149 I've spent in a while.

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