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.32 acp

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by renaissance, Jan 1, 2006.

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  1. renaissance

    renaissance Member

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    Trying to load .32 acp
    Using a hcl 77 grain bullet and 2.2 grains of titegroup

    The load seems to be good in my WWII Beretta 1934 and Colt 1903.

    Problem is I get quite a few "fat/Bulged" finished cartridges.

    Problem is in the area where the bullet is seated.

    I have fussed with the crimp to hell and gone.
    Most are fine but quite a few WILL NOT Chamber!

    I think it has something to do with the bullet not seating straight,but
    I just can't get it right.

    I have several Lee Factory Crimp Dies
    (.40 - .45 etc)
    They do a good job of resizing the finished cartridge.

    I wanted to go that route with the .32 , but
    Lee does not seem to make a
    FCD in .32 acp
    They make one in .32 H&R (which is the same diameter case as the .32 acp)
    Since I am only interested in resizing ( I will crimp when I seat)
    Do you think I can use the .32 acp with the crimp portion screwed all the way out ???

    I amcurrently doing it single stage style on a rockchucker and a lee carbide 3 die set.

    I have both a piggyback for the rockchuker and a 650 with case feeder.

    Does anybody have experience with either of those in .32 acp.

    Any recommendations ???
     
  2. StrikeEagle

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    I guess I'd call Lee and ask them about this... it's also possible that they make a FCD for .32ACP that just isn't listed.

    What is the "hcl 77 grain bullet"? Is that a cast bullet by any chance?

    I reload .32ACP with a Dillon 550B and RCBS dies... never had a problem using fmv bullets. Not sure what's going on in your case.

    StrikeEagle
     
  3. McCall911

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    Also, in the same vein:


    In a few of my older editions of Cartridges of the World I remember a handload which the late Frank Barnes published where the .32 ACP was loaded with 100-grain Speer plinkers with .308/.309" bullets. Mr. Barnes reported that this gave "reliable functioning" and "improved stopping power" (his terminology, but I believe him.) Anybody have any experience with such a load?
     
  4. gunfan

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    Hollow-cast Lead? Just guessing.

    Scott
     
  5. RecoilRob

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    I would seat some without crimping and see how they look. That case is SO small it would be really easy to overcrimp them.

    Mine work well with only as much crimp as needed to remove most of the belling if any is left after seating.
     
  6. Thirties

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    "I wanted to go that route with the .32 , but
    Lee does not seem to make a FCD in .32 acp


    Telephone Lee. They sold me one for $30 or so. It is a special order item. It will help you. But bear in mind the older European .32acp pistols seem to be a different specification than American made. Lee factory crimp die will help you.

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  7. gunfan

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    I remebered as I went to sleep!

    Hard Cast Lead! (Duh!) :banghead: :eek:

    Scott
     
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