Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Levergunevan, Feb 5, 2021.
The factory loads are rather anemic because there are so many old guns out there that should not be used with more powerful loads.
Same here, LCR.
If I carried a .32 S&W Long as a woods gun, I think I would go with factory full wadcutters. Recoil is light and you will not likely get any round to expand out of a .32 S&W Long, unless you handload.
If you are not expecting a larger, dangerous animal, then I would go with either a .38 Special or .357 magnum (you can carry a light or mid-weight .357 loaded with .38 Specials and get the lighter recoil).
I would personally limit the .32 S&W to small game and plinking.
Plenty of penetration
I have the same gun and I reload for the 32 long. Since these are newer guns its safe to turn up the speed a little on them. I am getting 900fps from mine and feel it would work fine on a 4 legged or 2 legged critter if needed. And its so easy to carry the gun and a few rounds of spare ammo because of the light weight. But I would not use my loads in any turn of the 20th century gun without the heat treated cylinder or old top break revolver.
I inherited one of these (in original box, still wrapped in oil paper) and considered it useless.
I'm grateful for posts like this.
I don't feel bad pushing mine a bit either, and using Hytec coated bullets I don't have leading worries. Some folks have actually reamed these out to .32 H&R Mag, but that is a step too far for me. If I want more .32 "goodness", I swap out for the SP101 in .327 Fed Mag.
I would say so-
More details? Bullet, powder? Looks impressive.
Sad that they had about 5 different ammo in stock. 32, two different 10 guage, 12 guage blanks, and one more I can't remember
Good for anything from armadillo to coyote. You’ve got to handload in my opinion. I prefer a heavier 115 gr hard cast.32-20 bullet as well. I don’t push for much past 750 fps but that’s enough to roll a good sized raccoon if needed.
My Single Six is particularly fond of it.
I would feel okay with it for critters.
I'd prefer a little more "oomph" for SD, but 32 S&W long is much better than a 22 or unkind words.
The hollowpoint bullet is one I cast. It's 8.0 Bhn, weighs 121 gr. was loaded over 3.3 grs. of Unique. Fired from a S&W Hand Ejector with a 3.25" barrel, MV is 835 fps and the expanded bullet was fired into water. I think the revolver and load would make a dandy short range self defense set up.
I also load a cast 103 gr. SWC over the same charge of Unique and it runs a bit north of 900 fps. Quite accurate too.
And finally for a walkabout load I load a 118 gr. cast FP over 3.3 grs. of Unique for 838 fps.
I also made a shot load out of a 327 Federal case with #9's and keep one of them in the cylinder too. Pretty effective too.
They chase and kill my deer so my business is to eliminate them from my AO !
I still see the older original 32 mags from Ruger on GB all the time for around $500 or a little more. My only ever Holy Grail gun was a S&W model 631 in 32 mag with 4" barrel and adjustable sights. After many years of looking I finally found one at a price I could justify. Then after I got it I didn't like it as much as the Rugers so I sold it for a good profit. The Rugers are just the best for my uses.
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