32 H&R Magnum


Hondo 60
January 9, 2013, 05:58 PM
I'm curious to see how many reload this caliber.
I've been looking at a Ruger Single Six (maybe even the John Wayne edition)

But so far I've found no reloading data that corresponds to the bullets I've found.
I already sent a message to Berry's about this.

I don't want to get into a caliber that causes frustration.

I DID find data for Hornady XTP 85 gr, but I don't want to have to pay that much for bullets.
I'd rather find data for plated, or lead.

Thanks in advance!

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January 9, 2013, 06:16 PM
I think the round is O.K., but with an assortment of 38s & 357s I never felt the need for a 32. That's not to mention the 22s,22 mags, 9mms & all the rest. One could load it up & down the spectrum, but that's what the 357 is good at too. You know what they say about opinions.

January 9, 2013, 07:39 PM
I load for it. I enjoy it a lot. I load Berrys 83 Gr HBWC's for light target loads. The 85 and 100 Gr XTPs shoot great. The Ranier 100 Gr HP shoots well from some guns. The Hornady 100 Gr lead SWC shoots real well. There are several folks here who cast for it.

January 9, 2013, 07:47 PM
I acquired a Ruger New Model "Baby Vaquero" Single SIx some time back. I shoot it,and load for it. There are LSWC and RNL out there. Sweet shooting round for small game,...capable for mid size critters,.. fun gun,...fun round.

January 9, 2013, 08:08 PM
I have several 32 caliber revolvers from 32 short to 327 FED. I use 98 or 100 grain LRNFP/Trail Boss for really cheap shooting with several of them. I have a Heritage Rough Rider and a Ruger Single Six both in 32 H&R MAG. I find that the higher velocities need a jacketed bullet for good results in mine and they like the 100 grain XTP's best so far.:) I have a female friend that uses this caliber loaded down to 32 S&W long velocity for CAS events and really likes the way they shoot.

January 9, 2013, 10:19 PM
I also have a few 32's including the 327. Great all around caliber. Loads easy and all pretty much shoot well.

January 9, 2013, 11:33 PM
Lee's Modern Reloading, 2nd Ed. has lead bullet data for 77 gr (10 powders), 90 gr (13 powders) and 98 gr WC (Bullseye powder only).

January 10, 2013, 12:42 AM
Some old straight wall cartridges get made a little longer and get registered at a higher pressure.
They made a mistake with the 32 H&R mag, in that it failed to take advantage of how high the pressure could be and still not get stuck cases. To exploit that margin, the case had to be lengthened and the pressure upped a second time to the 327 Fed Mag.
Revolvers with a 6 at once extractor can get stuck cases at ~ 40,000 psi, depending on the thickness [stiffness] of the steel chamber wall:

.337" diameter 32 S&W long [.920" 15kpsi] -> 32 H&R mag [1.075" 21kcup] -> 327 Fed Mag [1.200" 45 kpsi]
.379" diameter 38 special [1.155" 17kpsi] -> 357 mag [ 1.290" 35kpsi]
.457" diameter 44 special [1.160" 15.5kpsi] -> 44 mag [1.285" 36kpsi]
.480" diameter 45 Colt [1.285" 14kpsi] -> 454 Casull [1.383" 65kpsi]

Not really the same thing, but revolvers in 32-20 and 30 carbine continue this length escalation even higher.
I have been running 32 S&W Long at the threshold of sticky cases for some time.

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