32 son of a gun...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Biblethumpncop, Jul 20, 2022.

  1. Biblethumpncop

    Biblethumpncop Member

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    69641875-B797-4867-9FCE-83CB9F89DB7E.jpeg 2B9BFF11-A6F6-48B2-A34F-BD096D9D81E7.jpeg DB246EE1-6938-458C-B753-C3DA58C6D46B.jpeg I took delivery of this 3" S&W model 31-1 yesterday. It is very nice! I had a couple .38spl's for my wife, but the recoil wasn't something she enjoyed shooting. I plan on renting a reamer and reaming out the cylinder so it can chamber 32 H&R magnum rounds.

    My friend has sold me on the fun factor that the 32's have. Light recoil and fun to shoot. I picked up a Taurus 761 last month and the 31-1 this month. I was able to score some 32 magnum brass, once fired for $.10 a piece. 350 cases followed me home.
     
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    You have a couple of nice looking revolvers there. That 31 looks brand new. Is your Taurus new? Every Taurus I have seen in the past couple of years has been stainless steel. It looks great.
    Congratulations on both. :thumbup:
     
  3. Riomouse911

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    The nice thing is the MAP for these loads aren’t too far off, roughly 15,000 psi for the S&W Long and 21,000 psi for the H&R, so you should be fine with H&R loads that are sensible in the Model 31-1.

    I load some 115 gr LSWC H&R loads that are pretty stout for my Single Six on occasion. Those I would not fire in a Model 31 conversion or original H&R revolver.

    Let us know how she shoots it when you get a chance. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
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    A couple of excellent revolvers.

    I also have a 31-1, but haven't fired it yet. I have an I-frame Regulation Police in 32L that I shoot regularly, it is a great shooter; accurate and fun.

    I have 2 of the Taurus M76 in 32L. I've been contemplating reaming one of them to 32 H&R, but so far that's as far as I've gotten. The 76 is a blast to shoot. Very accurate revolver, heavy enough to dampen any recoil.

    Very nice acquisitions!
     
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  5. wcwhitey

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    Those are both very nice! I too am interested to see how the reaming goes. I have been looking for a 30/31 for a while and have not seen one even close to as nice as that. I still get nervous about used guns online.
     
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    Your friend is right, 32 is lot of fun and congrats on you acquisitions. Currently have 2" and 3" Model 31-1 revolvers, the 3" in particular is likely my favorite J Frame. Mainly feed them 32 S&WL wadcutters and they are pussycats.
     
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  7. tightgroup tiger

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    Nice revolvers, have you shot any 32 S&W long yet? If not your in for a real treat. Or your wife is.
     
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  8. Tallball

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    Nice revolvers! 32 sounds like the perfect choice. :)
     
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  9. Biblethumpncop

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    Thank you. The Taurus was made in 1993/1994, the best that I can tell.
     
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  10. Biblethumpncop

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    I have only shot 32 mags, and it was very pleasant, especially in the heavy Taurus.
     
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  11. Jim Watson

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    Shoot first, let HER shoot first, then ream... or not.
     
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    Love the .32's.

    (SP101, 30-1, 31-1)
    Fedora-and-32s.jpg
     
  13. EMC45

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    That's a fairly collectible gun (S&W) you have in near new condition.
     
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    Another gratuitous .32 pic, but maybe instead of modifying that 31-1 you might want to pick up a Charter Undercoverette in .32 H&R for the wife. 32-Family.jpg
    (The earlier picture of the 31-1 had a set of Filipino stocks on it, but the orangy color didn't look quite right. So, back to the Magnas with a grip adapter.)
     
  15. Biblethumpncop

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    I had several Charter Arms, including a 3" Undercover made in 1986. This S&W is definitely a sweetheart and will get passed to our daughter someday. I paid about $450 plus fees. I sold the Undercover for $400 so I think I did alright.
     
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  16. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Was. Once it's reamed it's only worth what a used shooter in .32H&R will bring. No collectible value at all.

    FWIW, there's no need to ream out a Model 31. The .32S&W Long loaded with the same bullets is perfectly capable of stopping a "bad guy" with good shot placement. But, it's his gun. Darn shame he couldn't find a beater to chew up and spit out but, that's how it goes. Just makes the few remaining nice ones worth more.
     
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  17. weregunner

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    Nice looking couple of revolvers in the great .32 calibers.
     
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  18. Jim Watson

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    I fear the Missus will pop off a couple of H&Rs and be glad to get back to SWL, if she retains any interest at all.
     
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    Good points! If your a hand loader it is very easy to get 100 grain bullets either SWC or Full Wadcutter lead bullets to go 100-150 FPS faster than anemic factory ammo at barely 650 FPS safely. Enjoy the .32 Long, it’s a great cartridge.
     
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  20. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I seem to recall Buffalo Bore has or had a couple of PD .32S&W Long/Colt New Police offerings. Not cheap but factory defense ammo never is.
     
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  21. JERRY

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    NICE .32 S&W!
     
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  22. wcwhitey

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    I load 100 Gr DEWC’s at 800 FPS, good defensive load, right from the book.
     
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  23. GooseGestapo

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    My 76.
    100gr Hornady XTP, 11.2gr Hodgdons Lil’Gun.
    25yds

    I also have a Ruger Single-7 .327, and two S&W .32 Hand Ejectors
    Also, a Ruger .30Carbine BlackHawk...
     

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    That's what I was leaning toward with my comment. Leaning hard....
     
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  25. Speedo66

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    I know this is the revolver thread, but just wanted to mention that Hammerli made a very well regarded target pistol in .32 S&W wadcutter.

    Ridiculously, it may be considered an assault weapon in certain jurisdictions because it loads with the magazine in front of the trigger guard, rather than in the grip.
     
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