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.32 S&W Long Fans?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by lizziedog1, Feb 14, 2011.

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  1. lizziedog1

    lizziedog1 Member

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    Are there any other fans of the .32 Smith and Wesson long cartridge here? I have a Colt Pocket Positive in this caliber. It is a fun gun to shoot. I also have a Ruger Single Six in the magnum version, but I shoot a lot of longs through it. They are my plinking rounds, I save the mags for serious work.

    I realize it is a rather anemic round. I realize that it is rather limited in usefullness. However, it has little recoil and is cheap to reload. I mainly use lead bullets.

    Who else like this old tiny cartridge? What guns do you have in it?
     
  2. DickM

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    In addition to being anemic and a lot of fun to shoot, it's deadly accurate in the right gun. I use a Walther GSP in .32 S&W in Bullseye competition and the gun can easily put 5 shots into one not-very-ragged hole at 50 ft. (The shooter is a different story, however).
     
  3. M1A Ray

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    i have a very old mod 36 in s&w 32long...anyone out there interested/?

    thnx
    ray
     
  4. Ala Dan

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    I have a 1971 Smith & Wesson model 30-1 (round butt, 2" bbl) .32 S&W Long
    that was my deceased fathers carry piece; and its not for sale~! ;) :D
     
  5. MMCSRET

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    I have and shoot 5 revolvers chambered for 32 S&W Long as well as 32 Magnum and 327 Magnum revolvers. 32 caliber is my favorite handgun caliber in its various chamberings. I cast 4 different 32 caliber handgun bullets and load and shoot 32 Auto, 32 S&W, 32 S&W Long, 32 H&R Magnum, 327 Federal Magnum, and 32-20. All told I have 11 handguns in 32 caliber chamberings. Yeah, I like it; a lot!!!!!!
    Oh, I forgot, I have a lovely little Colt Police Positive in 32 Colt also, it shoots 32 Short Colt and 32 Long Colt. So that makes 12 handguns in 32 caliber.
     
  6. NCsmitty

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    I acquired an H&R model 732 round butt last summer, and load for the 32 S&W long with my cast 77gr bullets that I use for my 32ACP. It's a fun cartridge, cheap to shoot and sufficiently accurate.
    The H&R with 2.5" barrel is easy to slip in the pocket for walk-abouts.



    NCsmitty
     
  7. tinygnat219

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    It's a fun soft-shooting round. It's also the only centerfire round I can get my wife to shoot with any regularity. Magtech makes it in LRN, and Georgia Arms makes it with an 85 Grain JHP. She shoots it out of a Charter Arms "Lavendar Lady" 5 shot revolver chambered for .32 H&R Magnum. It's a delight to shoot.
    I will tend to recommend this chambering over a .22 LR or .22 Mag mainly because it's a CENTERFIRE cartridge with little recoil.

    For my "arsenal" in .32 S&W Long, I have a Colt Police Positive dated ca. 1922that was originally shipped to the NYPD. This is the wife's next favorite gun as the DA trigger is nice and smooth. For my last gun, I have a Charter Arms Undercoverette in .32 S&W Long. This is a very fun gun to shoot as there is virtually no recoil.
     
  8. W.E.G.

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    I don't think any of the .32 caliber rounds are very good for self defense.

    But, if I got shot in the head with one, I might change my mind.

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  9. EMC45

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    I have a Model 30 no dash flat latch nickle 3 in. RB. It is neat. got it for 140 bucks last year. I cast 4 different types of bullets for .32 cal. I wouldn't feel unprotected carrying it. I am looking for others too. They are fun!
     
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    The only one I have that's chambered in .32Long is an old 3" Rossi, but I have a lot of .32H&R's and shoot the Longs quite a bit in them. I like the .32 Long a great deal as it has a light appetite for powder and lead so it's dirt cheap to shoot and it's so accurate that it makes me look really good.
     
  11. bergmen

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    I would LOVE to find a Super Single Six in .32 H&R Magnum. I know they made them back in the day but they are hard to find these days.

    Dan
     
  12. Beach Nut

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    I still shoot .32 Long on occassion. It is a pleasant round for target shooting
    and plinking. It is still popular in Europe because of good accuracy with the
    right gun. I have a S & W Model 30-1 snubbie I shoot with from time to
    time. It is easy on the hand but it is getting hard to find in factory ammo.
     
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    I am a fan, but not yet an owner. Some day soon I will buy one of the S&W's in .32 Long that roll through the local shop periodically.
     
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    Present!
    I even found some JHP from Magtech.
     
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    I shoot it in my Nagant Revolvers.
    LRN and WC both shoot great.
     
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    I have one, it is accurate. If low recoil is a virtue, than there two good things about it.

    The 32 S&W Long is so low powered it is hard to tell if it hit the gong. It does not have enough momentum to make the thing move.

    It find it hard to believe that mine was carried by a Reserve Officer. That guy was lucky he never shot anyone with it, as that would have made the perpetrator mad.

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    I load and shoot the 32 Long in a couple guns. I have a 1907 Colt's New Police and a H&R 732. I also put them in Nagant revolvers.
    I cast a Lee 95-gr roundnose slug and also load up single .320" buckshot pellets for gallery rounds. Cheap, easy recoil, lots of fun.
     
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    For my grandfather I got him a Smith & Wesson .32 Regulation Police, as he wanted something with more umph than a .22, but his arthritis prevented him from using a semi in .32 ACP, and a .38 special hurt to shoot. It was the right cartridge for him, and he shot the revolver very well. Not the best idea for a SD round, but he was good with it.

    In the late 1980's I helped instruct several classes of new shooters, women only, at the Sir Walter Gun Club in Raleigh. It was a class for women who had never shot, and they needed to bring the handgun they were going to use for home SD. One of my favorite students was a lady on the (iirc) City Council, who had inherited a 6-shot detective revolver from her late husband. He had opted for a six-shot in .32 Long, instead of the five shot .38 special, as he wanted the extra round. Well, at 7 feet she shot a jagged hole center mass, and at 25 feet she had a group the size of fifty-cent piece. The head instructor agreed that the round was a bit "light" for SD, but when he saw her using the revolver at the 25 foot target he said, "I wouldn't want her shooting at me with it. :D

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    it is a caliber for girls...like tinygnat...
     
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    I own and shoot S&W 32LONG sixguns in 2", 3", 4", and 6". ANYONE who thinks a 100GR SWC bullet from 900FPS up to 1150FPS from those four sixguns is an anemic proposition is kidding themselves. Take the same bullet from 1150 to 1300fps [ or 100GR JHP bullets if you prefer..] from the S&W 4" 32MAG or the 5 1/2" or 6 1/2" RUGER SSM and you have a cartridges that kills all out of proportion to it's diminutive size.
    We won't even take the time to talk about the 32/20 and the new 327 cartridge...
     
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    I had a 30-1 that was a great gun. I liked shooting it, and even my recoil-shy eldest daughter liked it. Although it went down the road in pursuit of other things, it had excellent penetration with a 115g LFN from Hunter's Supply--it drilled through 6 milk jugs of water. While it's no bazooka, this cartridge doubtless successfully protected many a household and LEO who carried it, as most BGs dont want to be shot. If I were carrying a factory load for SD, I'd choose a full wadcutter over the LRNs.

    I currently own several classic .32 autos plus a modern TomCat, but am in the process of selling them as I return to revolvers.
     
  22. The Doc

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    Webley & Scott , Mark IV, B-Series revolver in .32 S&W Long. Though I am not a fan of this caliber, it is one of the most common calibers allowed to the civilians in India.

    best,
     
  23. EMC45

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    104_2424.jpg The grips didn't stay. Just doing some accuracy testing with several types of grips. The load is a .32 ACP bullet over a pinch of Bullseye. Shot really well, just low.
     
  24. mgmorden

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    Don't currently have anything in .32 S&W Long, but the H&R 732's with the 4" barrel do kinda call to me a bit. Great looking little guns that don't cost too much. There's a lot of other stuff on the wish list right now so I'm not in a big hurry to get one, but eventually it would be nice.

    Heavily influencing my decision is the fact that I've got about 70 lbs of lead sitting out in the shed waiting to cast into something. At ~70gr per bullet, fairly mild velocities so an ideal candidate for lead bullets, and using only about 2grs of powder per round, it seems like it would be about the cheapest shooting gun I could muster up :).
     
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    My first revolver was some copy of a smith in .32 long.

    That is all I could get back then since the legalities of the time in the old country.

    Glad I moved, but for my next trick I will get me a nagant to shoot that round out of it.
     
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