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Federal .32 S&W-L velocities?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Pyro, Aug 12, 2011.

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  1. Pyro

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    On their website they list both their LRN and WC at being 780 fps.
    Don't wadcutters generally have lower velocities than other bullets?
    Their 38 Special WC (690) has a much slower velocity than their heavier LRN (770).
     
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    WC's are for target use and generally loaded to lesser velocities for such work.
     
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    my guess is that Federal just doesn't offer a wide array for S&W 32L
    (not much of anybody does that I know of offhand, not a high demand cartridge)
    so it's really not the same as with the many 38 varieties; the 38 target wc used to be the king of bullseye
    (just not that much point in 'downloading' a 32 caliber anyway, you know)
     
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    I think the wad cutter loads are loaded a little hotter for the european semi auto target pistols. When Gil Sengel wrote his excellent article on the 32 caliber guns a few years ago he listed the Federal WC loads as giving higher velocity than the round nose lead loads.

    But I am just guessing here.
     
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    Ratshooter is correct.
     
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    So, Ratshooter, you have a semi-auto that loads & shoots .32 S&W Longs?

    I think they may be the better choice for an old so-chambered revolver - unless you have some full wadcutters. They'd leave a larger wound channel than a LRN/LRNFP - probably not shatter a pevis - unless it was a ferret.

    Stainz
     
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    I do. I run the Berrys 83 Gr HBWC at around 825ish in my Benelli MP3-S. Shoots great. The target shooters shoot lead at a little slower velocities.
     
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    When I stacked the cylinder [lrn, wc, lrn, wc, lrn, wc] I couldn't feel any real difference in recoil between the two.
    The lrn did spit though, that was annoying.

    Ratshooter, where could I possibly find that article?
     
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    No Stainz, I don't own a 32 auto loader. But that doesn't mean I don't know that they exist.

    They are popular guns in europe and used in target shooting and in olympic shooting. Norma also loads a similar load for the same purpose. From the internet if you care to look it up.

     
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