.32 S&W long/ 32 wad cutter ammo ?


October 23, 2008, 09:29 PM
A few days ago I ordered some .32 S&W long ammo.
The order arrived today but I think they sent the wrong thing. :uhoh:
Just to be sure, is .32 S&W long the same as 32 wad cutter? :confused:
They sure don't look the same. :mad:
I went back and checked the order I printed out to make sure I ordered the right thing and it clearly states .32 S&W long. The box I have in front of me clearly states 32 wad cutter.
Help please?!?!?
Many Thanks!

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October 23, 2008, 09:35 PM
Wad cutter is just a bullet style. The end is just flat. They make perfect round holes in paper targets and are generally loaded to low velocities for accurate target shooting.

October 24, 2008, 09:38 AM
They are the same thing. The Wad Cutter ammo will make a nice, clean round hole in your target. Whereas the LRN bullet doesn't do that.

October 24, 2008, 09:52 AM
You may have gotten lucky. I have a .32 Long revolver or two and have looked into the manufacturers' muzzle energy stats. The Federal wadcutters are the most powerful .32 Long ammo out there, unless I missed one, at 130 ft lbs. Next were the Fiocchi wadcutters at 120 ft lbs. All of the round nose stuff I saw was about 100-110 ft lbs.

BTW: For self-defense, a wadcutter is way better than a round-nosed bullet. The round nose separates tissue, which tends to close right up after the bullet passes through. Wadcutters punch out a hole, which makes for way more trauma.

October 24, 2008, 10:15 AM
What does the headstamp on the brass say?

October 25, 2008, 01:58 AM
Headstamp on brass says: G.F.L. (I think that first letter is "G", sort of hard to see) 32 wad cut.
Looking back at the website where I ordered them, it says:
.32 S&W Long Fiocchi Handgun Cartridge, 100-Grain LWC Bullet, 730 fps.
I guess the LWC would be "long wad cutter". :o
I ordered them as target ammo for a SP101 .327, so it looks like they should do just fine.
As always, many thanks for the help!

October 25, 2008, 02:13 AM
LWC is for "lead wadcutter."

October 25, 2008, 12:41 PM
:o As I have said before, the more you know the more you realize you don't know!
Does anyone know of a site with a list of commonly gun abbreviations?
Sure would be helpful to those of us still learning. ;)

October 25, 2008, 12:56 PM



October 25, 2008, 01:09 PM
FWIW, .32 S&W Long ammo loaded with WC bullets is usually a bit easier to find as its major market anymore is ISU bullseye competition where it's the premier choice for CF matches.

Several European makers offer specialized semiauto target pistols chambered for that load. Some even offer packages where one basic frame accepts uppers and mags for .22 S, .22 LR and .32 S&W Long WC for top level Olympic/ISU shooters.

guy sajer
October 26, 2008, 11:50 PM

Magtech offers a JHP round for 32 SWL :)


October 27, 2008, 12:40 AM
I have 2 boxes of Winchester X32SWLP that's labeled:

32 Smith & Wesson Long
98 Grain Lead (32 Colt New Police)

These basically have a round nose lead bullet with a tiny flat spot at the tip of the bullet nose.

October 27, 2008, 11:01 AM
It'd figure that a Brazilian company would be the one to offer a JHP loading in this caliber. Many, if not most, Central and South American countries forbid civilians from possessing "military/police caliber" firearms of any sort.

As the .32 S&W Long has never (AFAIK) been standard issue for any nation's armed forces I expect that there're a lot more revolvers of various makes still being depended upon for defensive use there than one might expect. IIRC, some Central American nations include the .38 Spl. and .357 Mag. in their proscripted list, too.

Also IIRC, the .38 Super is pretty much the 'default' civilian defensive choice for semiautos in the same areas for the same reasons.

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