Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by HGM22, Jan 14, 2016.
Also, if anyone has any info. on gel tests for this caliber I'd be interested.
Practice " failure to stop drill" (two shots to center of mass, one to crainial vault).
You'll need it, guaranteed!
That way it would confuse the attacker and allow you to run off.
Now a 32 S&W Long fully loaded would make a better throwing weapon than one that was empty, just due to the weight of the bullets. In fact, now that I think about it, throwing a 32 S&W Long would be more deadly than shooting it.
While it wouldn't be my first choice, out of handgun length barrels it's still about twice as powerful as a .22LR, and people occasionally carry those.
WOW LOL I used to use small ball bearings in my wrist rocket, had enough power to go thru a galvanized garbage can and pretty accurate.
The straps on the it dry rotted over the years and the new replacements kind of stink.
Mixing ammo type - one might argue for the most penetration. More tissue damage that isn't deep isn't that worthwhile. You need to get to major structures to stop someone physically. Meaning disrupting blood or CNS.
There is a true account of a shootout in the late 1920's in WV where a man was shot by two guys with 32's. He was able to kill both of them with his more powerful 38 special. He did die later that day but was not truly "stopped" by being shot from a couple 32's.
Hard to get much from single anecdotes. A SW 432 with 32 HR mag or a LCR with 327 is nothing to sneeze at.
Mindset, shot placement, luck.
Get something that shoots straight to POA from your gun, will penetrate deeply and hope for the best. This comes from someone who has carried a .32 Long a bit and a .32 ACP a lot.
For effective defense ammo, I would look to hard cast lrn bullets with a fairly hefty load of powder under it. I would only consider this on top - end guns and even then I would be picky. I wouldn't do it in a model 30 (I frame) or a topbreak, but I have no reservations about loading peppy rounds in my 30-1 (j frame). Likewise I would similarly look at colt police positive guns.
Buffalo Bore makes a 100 grain hardcast wadcutter that allegedly hits 1100 fps. This is a good load for carry and the nice thing is that .32 Long wadcutter target ammo is quite plentiful so you can practice with the soft shooting target loads and carry the hot BB stuff.
I have no problems with a 32 long for self defense. I just made two new holsters for a couple of my 32s last night.
Read the last paragraph. http://www.gunblast.com/WBell_SW32s.htm
Most likely his bullets were round nose lead.
Sorry but this is pure, unadulterated hogwash! The flat nose of the SWC, wadcutter or LBT style bullet makes a HUGE difference. A LRN or FMJ will just slip through flesh with little to no tissue disruption and the hole will be smaller than the bullet. A good wide meplat can make a nasty wound channel reminiscent of a JHP. The wound channel will be significantly larger than the bullet. This is well proven fact.
Try that theory on a few hundred critters and get back to me.
I love mine and little kick and very comfortable.
This goes a long way on why I prefer lrn in weaker rounds. The lack of expansion and relatively low deformation mean that the bullet is penetrating more easily, therefore more deeply. With the low mass of a 32 coupled to fairly low velocity you don't have a whole lot of room for error, so if you hit a rib or anything else for that matter the bullet will likely not penetrate into the chest cavity. This is one of those areas where there is a ton of argument which sums up to a bunch of hot air, but you have a given number on energy of the round. You make the call on what to use that energy for based on what you want the bullet to do, or rather how you want to dissipate that energy. In this case you pretty much have to pick between tissue damage and penetration. I pick penetration, but there is sound reasoning for picking tissue destruction. What is really nice in larger and longer cartridges is that there is enough energy available to have a bit of both worlds. You can have expansion along with penetration, but with the 32s shorter than 32 mag you simply have to pick one in spite of the other if you want your given result to be supremely reliable.
http://smith-wessonforum.com/reloading/102573-working-up-anemic-32-s-w-long-load.html for a very informative discussion on loading this round.
I'd get those Buffalo Bore wadcutters. Wadcutters actually crush tissue rather than just have it stretch around the bullet and shrink back. The BB load has respectable SD and velocity that will give you plenty of penetration.
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