reloading 32 S & W


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andy1117
February 7, 2010, 11:28 AM
I need reloading information for 85 grain LRN with Unique powder for the 32 Smith & Wesson. Having trouble finding anywhere.

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Walkalong
February 7, 2010, 12:51 PM
The RCBS Cast Bullet Manual #1:

3.4 to 3.9 grs Unique with a 77 Gr LRN. It will be a bit too much.

3.1 to 3.5 grs Unique with a 98 Gr lead bullet of similar profile to yours. It should be fine to use.

I'll just betcha the Lyman #49 has some data. It would be a great purchase for you. It is very highly thought of. I had an older Lyman, but I am not quite sure where it is. :o

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MMCSRET
February 7, 2010, 02:08 PM
I load and shoot a lot of the 32 S&W, unique is a little slower than optimum for the little cartridge and its low pressure. I load 1.8 gr. of AA#2 or 1.5 gr. of Trail Boss with the 85 gr. cast soft Lyman 313249. I'm shooting mine in solid frame Colts and S&W revolvers, I'm not sure if these loads would be OK in top break guns.
I have also had good luck with 1.5 gr. of Bullseye.
Very small cartridge, very low pressure, very old guns, please be careful!!!

Walkalong
February 7, 2010, 03:53 PM
I am using AA #2 in it as well, but you can easily double charge a case with it. While Unique is probably not optimum (haven't tried it), it will help keep a newbie out of trouble.

I agree. Be careful. :)

420Stainless
February 7, 2010, 05:50 PM
Lyman 49 doesn't list any. Hodgdon 2009 lists only one. 85 gr. lead using 1.4 grains of 231 with Winchester brass and Winchester SLP. No min. or max. - just that load at 9,500 CUP.

James2
February 7, 2010, 09:10 PM
EDIT:

James2; the pages you show are for 32 S&W Long; the cartridge in question is 32 S&W.

Smaller and older.

OK, sorry. I hunted down my old Lyman manual from about 1958 vintage.

Here is what it had:

http://donce.lofthouse.com/jamaica/32_s&w.jpg

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MMCSRET
February 7, 2010, 10:23 PM
James2; the pages you show are for 32 S&W Long; the cartridge in question is 32 S&W.

Smaller and older.

Clark
February 8, 2010, 02:39 PM
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I used to buy 32s&w and 38s&w break top Iver Johnson revolvers for $35 at gun shows 10 years ago.

My grandfather had carried such a handgun in the Alaskan Gold Rush, and they were cheap to collect:)

Anyway, I put some 38 Super +P load with jacketed bullet in a 38s&w and the latch stretched. I did the same type of thing to one of my 32s&w; 4.3 gr Blue Dot, 71 gr FMJ FP, stretched latch.

I showed one of these revolvers to my father and said something about excess pressure.
I should say my father was chief engineer over 150 engineers and draftsmen for 40 years and he has dozens of gun patents, while I am just a so-so engineer.
He barked at me, "Pressure is not directly related! The force on that latch is from bullet friction in the barrel and recoil on the barrel mass."

It took me a while to get my pea brain around what he said.
I get it now.
So although the 32s&w may be the strongest case in the reloading world, I am babying the old revolvers with low friction, low recoil loads.
I find soft lead bullets or lead balls. Not jacketed or hard cast.
I use 2 gr Bullseye or 3 gr or Unique in the 38s&w.
I use 1 gr Bullseye or 1.5 gr Unique in the 32s&w.

These latches have 2-56 screws.
The eye of the latch stretches into an egg shape.
Then the break action is loose.

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