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Can't find .32 auto load data ...

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Nushif, Sep 9, 2010.

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  1. Nushif

    Nushif Member

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    I'm looking for a recipe for some .32 auto using a 90 grain bullet. The internet is barren ... unusually barren.
    Does anyone know a nice plinking load for those tiny little things? the wife wants me to ask you folks because our google-fu is weak, it seems.
     
  2. jcwit

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    Use the correct bullet. I see most reccomend 71 grains and 85 grains.
     
  3. Nushif

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    Most common loads I find is 60 and 71 ...

    We got the bullets from one of our local reloading gurus, so there has got to be some data for it, I'm sure.
     
  4. jcwit

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    Not that I can readily find in my reloading manuals, Speer, Lyman, Lee, Accurate, Winchester, Imr, ect., ect. Nor can I find any on the net sites, ssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooo, this leads me to believe you should go to the correct bullet, no matter what your local guru supplies you with.
     
  5. Walkalong

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    That 90 Gr bullet is generally loaded in .32 Long, .32 Mag, or .32-20, but not .32 ACP.

    That is why you are having trouble finding data.
     
  6. Nushif

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    That might do it, then. I was a bit confused. I guess just ".32" won't cut it for a description?
    O.<
     
  7. Captcurt

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    Not much in the books.

    I checked 4 books and the only loads that I have found was in the fourth edition Hornady. It list Red Dot, Bullseye, Green Dot, Win 231, 700-X and HP-38 powders and a 71 gr. bullet.

    Max loads run 2.2- 2.5 gr.:eek: I don't know if I trust my scales for weights that small.

    Red Dot Starting load 1.5 Max 2.3
    Green Dot Starting 1.8 Max 2.5
     
  8. NCsmitty

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    I cast a 77gr RN for my 32 ACP, and coat them with Alox and shoot them as cast using 2.5gr of Unique. I've also started loading for 32 S&W long with the same bullet as well as the 90gr Hornady HBWC. The Hornady is not as accurate, I'm guessing, due to it's .314 dia.
    Probably it would be best to stick with a more standard load in your 32ACP.



    NCsmitty
     
  9. psyork22

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    Grain Bullet Powder Man. Powder Charge Fps
    93 FMJ Norma Alliant Unique 3.0 970
    87 FMJ Norma Alliant Unique 3.0 970
    I use a pay-site for loading data and this is all they had for anything close to 90 grain bullet. I assume it is not a cast bullet, and what type of bullet manufacture and what type of powder? I can run numbers again
     
  10. Nushif

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    We have either HS-6 or Bullseye powder and they're 90 grain semi wadcutters. Which in retrospect might cause some problems feeding ...
     
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    You really don't want to use such a heavy bullet in the .32 Auto. Like said above, use the correct bullet weight for the caliber and you will have better success and more accurate ammo too.
    While W231/HP-38 is a very good powder for the .32 Auto Bullseye will be a better choice than HS-6 in such a small case. IMO HS-6 is way too slow a powder for use in the .32 Auto. I would go no slower than Universal or Unique but like I said, W231 or Bullseye are better choices.

    There's usually a very good reason why you can't find load data for some bullets or bullet weights in a caliber. It's similar to not being able to find load data for a certain powder in a given caliber, it just doesn't work well or it's dangerous...
     
  12. psyork22

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    I looked through the powders you listed and I looked through the bullet weights and I don't think the 90 grain was designed for 32 acp. I find that bullet for 32 h&r magnum. I suggest a 71 grain bullet.
     
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    I used to load 2.5 grs of Unique for 32 ACP with a 71gr FMJ - the only issue is finding the brass when they get into a large group on the ground
     
  14. rcmodel

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    Lyman #49 shows the Lyman #313249 85 grain round-nose cast bullet used in .32 ACP.
    That 85 grain weight is "as cast".
    The bullet lube filling the two grease grooves will make it very close to a 90 grain bullet.

    They list Bullseye with a 1.5 grain Starting load - 1.9 MAX load.

    It goes without saying that charging cases will best be done by weighing every charge on a scale. Powder measure drop variations could get you in trouble real fast with only 0.4 grain swing in start to max loads

    HS-6 is not a suitable powder for the .32 ACP.

    As for your bullets?
    A 90 grain SWC is a revolver bullet.
    Whether it would even feed in most .32 ACP's is hard to say.
    But I concure, you bought the wrong bullets for your intended use.

    rc
     
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    Idea

    It is a crying shame that you have the wrong bullets.:( I know! You could buy a 32 Long Colt and use them in it.:D
     
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    That will work--OR--trade them to someone who has acp bullets by mistake????
     
  17. Well armed

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    I have some old data from "Cartriges of the world" in the early 80's. They list a 93 grain
    .30 luger bullet w/3.0 gr of unique for 970fps, and a 100gr speer 30cal plinker w/2.8 gr unique for 876 fps. The text indicated that the bores for this indeed closer to .308 than
    .311 or 312. I came across an old WWI european .32 when I came across this data and
    ran a .309 cast rifle bullet through the bore and it was very tight. Might want to back off 10%
    this data for a starting load as powders have changed a little over the past 25-30
    years. This is just informational as I have not tried the 100gr bullet.
     
  18. lloveless

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    Well Armed,
    He is asking about data for a .32 ACP. Not a .30 Luger. I wouldn't use your data for fear of losing my gun at the very least. He needs to work with His gun not yours.
    ll
     
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