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32 ACP recommendations

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by MaterDei, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    I'm going to start loading 32 ACP and was looking for some good load recommendations.
  2. Wil Terry

    Wil Terry Well-Known Member


    The best data I found was in the SIERRA LOADING MANUAL. The SPEER and AA manuals were excellent too.
    The data directly from all three manuals would shoot groups down near 1/2" at 25 yards from my BERETTA 7.65MM target pistol [ 6" barrel, fully adjustable sights, trigger to die for...]
  3. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    I've got the speer and sierra manuals, I'll check them out.

    Not many 32 reloaders? I'm curious how hard the little cartridges will be for my XL hands to manage. :)
  4. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

    The 32 acp is one of John Browning's cartridges:

    * .25 ACP
    * .32 ACP
    * .38 ACP
    * 9mm Browning Long
    * .380 ACP
    * .45 ACP
    * .50 BMG

    Browning designed the 32acp in 1903.
    It was used to start WWI in Europe in 1914 with the assasination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand.
    It helped end WWII with the suicide in 1945 of Adolf Hitler.

    Not much more history was made with the the 32acp until I bought a Kel-Tec P32 in 1999 and worked up some hot loads:)

    Factory ammo would go through 1" of kiln dried Douglas Fir.
    My handload went through 5" of kiln dried Douglas Fir, but kicked so hard that the slide sheared off the slide stop/ ejector:(
  5. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member


    I'm already familiar with the history of the round and I'm not at all interested in winning a Darwin award, thanks for your post nonetheless.

  6. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    I found that with a Lyman 78gr RN (advertised at 72gr) over 1.6gr of Bullseye gave 755fps and was delightfully accurate from my Berretta TomCat, and Keltec. Roughly duplicated factory Ball ammo. This was my favorite .32acp load.

    I also liked the 60gr Hornady XTP over 2.7gr of Win231. -Or 2.5gr of Bullseye. (I prefered the Win231 in this application) These gave 1,000fps from my TomCat and 950fps from the KelTec.
    Max is 2.9gr. Win231,(2.7gr Bullseye) and duplicates the Fiocchi factory 60gr JHP load (very hot, and Does get the 1,100fps they claim from a 4"bbl- I chrono'd these through my FatherInLaw's Savage 1917).
    I also liked the 60gr Speer GoldDot, but the Hornady was more accurate.
    I found the 60gr Win.SilverTip to be very light, but the bullets do perform very well at the ~875fps they chrono at.

    All these loads shot POA/POI at 25yds.

    Most important factoid is to keep OAL at 0.985" oal. I found this to give best functioning.
  7. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    Thanks, GG. Very good info. I neglected to mention that I'm loading for my P32 so your tips are just what I need.
  8. WolfMansDad

    WolfMansDad Well-Known Member

    Didn't Ghandi's assassin use a .32ACP as well?

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