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Anyone load for .32acp?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by ustate, Sep 14, 2010.

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  1. ustate

    ustate Member

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    I picked up a 1903 Colt this week (made in 1907) and might start loading for it. I've been loading for about 5 years or so and the smallest caliber I currently load for being 9mm and always guessed I wouldn't load anything smaller. Now that I have this .32acp I'm thinking about loading for it too. For those that do load for the .32 is it a pain dealing with brass and bullets that small or is it not that bad?
     
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    There are two issues to watch - getting a powder charge that small to drop consistently (about 2.5 grains of Unique, IIRC), and then finding your brass in the grass or from among a pile of mixed stuff.......

    DON'T buy the 32 H&R heavy bullets - 60 or 71 grain work best
     
  3. jcwit

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    I do load for .32 ACP. Not much of a challenge to reload, I even cast my own bullets. I do use a fishnet brass catcher which elimates the lost brass problem, even those that happen to find their way thru the netting they're right underneath. I use the Lee Pro Disk powder measure and have no problem with powder charges varying.
     
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    I haven't been as lucky as others in loading .32 ACP, using the Dillon 650. I spent a lot of time getting the process to run smoothly.

    A couple of things to watch for: the ejector spring on the 650 press requires reshaping to ensure that the cartridge doesn't bind. I made a completely new ejector spring, using coat hanger wire. And the small size of the .32 case requires careful setting of the case mouth flare - not much latitude in getting the optimum flare.

    Once everything is tuned up, everything goes well; but expect a long "learning curve".
     
  5. 357reloading

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    i use hunter 76 grain special order cast bullets sized to .311 with ram shot powder. I have a Hornady LNL . but I have to run all the bullets for decap, size and primer . then remove the sizer and replace with the lee expander, drop in the powder via a custom made scoop. . . An extra step but seems to works.

    I use the 71 grain data reduced a little for the extra 5 grains
     
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    I also have a 1903 Colt in .32ACP that I reload for. I have a Lee turret press, and I found that the small charge of powder that I use will not measure consistently. Since a small error in that small of a charge could be damaging to the pistol, I make each round using my press in single stage mode and weigh my powder on a beam scale. But I don't consider that a problem, as I enjoy the peace and quiet associated with reloading.

    BTW, I REALLY like my Colt, as it is the most fun gun to shoot I have, and is extremely accurate. I intend to shoot it often as long as I'm able.:D
     
  7. Walkalong

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    I use AA #2 for .32 ACP. It is a good burn rate for it and meters superbly which is a big plus with tiny charges.
     
  8. JDGray

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    32ACP is a pain to load, but pretty straight forward. W231 shoots great through my CZ27. If hand weighing, a shallow load block will be needed so you can get your case back out:)
     
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