Had a special afternoon also!

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by tightgroup tiger, Jun 12, 2022.

  1. tightgroup tiger

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    For the first time in 5 weeks I got out of the house to go somewhere other than go to the doctors office. (Achilles tendon repair)
    My son took me to the shooting range and I took 4 handguns and enough ammo to make it count!
    He had to carry the range bag.
    I started out shooting my 41 magnum and checking loads with my magneto speed. I was sitting on a stool and resting my foot on the floor, (Operation and it's in an air cast ) and pretty much got used to shooting the 41 magnum.
    When I was done with that I picked up my 327 FM and loaded it with 32 S&W longs that I loaded up for my old 1947 Hand Ejector.
    I wanted to try them in my 327FM before I ran them in my old Smith.
    I pulled the trigger on the first one and I heard it pop, but nothing happened. I opened up the cylinder and looked at the fired case, looked down the barrel to make sure the bullet wasn't still in there, and it was clear. WTH.
    I thought no way. I put it back up and shot it again and it sounded like a cap gun going off. I checked it again and same thing. I started laughing and my son came over to see why.
    I had him shoot it and he started laughing and shaking his head.
    This is the first time I've shot a 32 S&W Long cartridge out of revolver.
    The guy in the next lane came over and I had him shoot it. He started laughing and went to shoot again and had to stop until he quit laughing.
    It was like truly like shooting a cap gun and going from 41 Magnum loads to this thing really took me by surprise. I can't believe that at one time the police used these.
    We had a lot of fun shooting something so week, yet so vintage, that it was the best part of the range outing.
    I'm so used to shooting something with recoil that I could barely hit the target with it.
    My next trip will be with my 1947 Hand ejector, 32 long hand ejector 2.jpg I haven't shot it yet, an I-frame and it is tiny. This should be a blast.

    I did notice in my 327FM that it only took 18 rounds of 32 S&W long to make the 327s not want to chamber.
    I don't think I ever had a gun crap up so fast by shooting a shorter case in it, like this one did.
    My hand ejector won't do that since that's it's caliber.
    I may re-think the powder I'm using, it's really old.
    These loads were 2 gr of Hercules bullseye with 100 gr RNFP Acme coated bullets.
    Anyways, I had a lot of fun and came home with about 300 cases of different calibers to clean, process and load.
    Happy as a pig in a wollow.
     
  2. Walkalong

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    One day you’ll appreciate the low recoil. ;)
     
  3. BullRunBear

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    Sounds like a grand time and with two of my favorite calibers. I can't get to the range for a few weeks after surgery, so I'm sorting a LOT of spent brass and starting the prepping. All in my recliner while listening to books on tape. (The Lee hand press is a big help.) A good way to spend non-shooting time.

    Jeff
     
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  4. tightgroup tiger

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    I hope you get well too and get to the range soon.
    It's therapeutic!
     
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  5. Artg56

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    Thanks for sharing your experience, my next revolver will be a .327FM mainly for my wife to shoot, her hands are small and not of great strength, even with my very light .357 handloads she tires quickly.

    While on on the wait list for the revolver I’ve been trying to source ammo and cases…very challenging in this market.
     
  6. Riomouse911

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    Glad to hear you are recovering nicely, my Dad is 80 and partially tore his Achilles a few years ago, he was one miserable pup for quite a while. Your range trip is a great sign that you are almost back to 100% :thumbup:.

    I usually work my way up from .22 recoil-wise, maybe I will try starting big next time and working my way down. (It just may help with the ol’ flinch! ;))

    Keep healing up, we hope to hear about more of your range trips soon. :)

    Stay safe.
     
  7. cfullgraf

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    Sounds like you had a great day.:)

    I never felt shooting short cases in a longer chamber (38 Special in 357 mag, 32 S&WL in a 327 Fed mag, 40 S&W in a 10mm and so forth) would cause chambering issues quickly until I shot a few 40 S&W cartridges in my S&W Model 610 revolver (10mm Auto).

    It is nice to hear that others do have the dirty chamber chambering problem under certain conditions.

    Anyway, 32 S&WL is a neat round. I wish there were more good new pistols available chambered for it.

    But, everyone needs a forlorn hope.
     
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  8. hemiram

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    A friend of mine and I found his recently passed away Grandfather's 38 S&W long revolver in a box of his stuff, along with a couple of boxes of ammo. We were about 12 and, of course, took it to a nearby park and shot it at the hill there. Even at 12, we laughed at how weak it was, but it was kind of scary to shoot at the same time. I had only shot a relative's 1911 a couple of years before that, and he had only shot .22LR revolvers and rifles to that point. We put a cylinder each through it and took it back, wiped it down and put it back into his box of stuff. A few days later, his little brother, who is literally a genius, took it out, loaded it up, fired it in the basement, took a chunk out of the wall, and got into a whole lot of trouble. We had a lot of laughs about that, as the little brother seemed to never do anything wrong, the older two got into trouble all the time.
     
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    Glad you got to go out and play. :thumbup:

    Last year I had surgery on my left wrist after an accident. I had a lot of time on my “hand” so I also spent time sorting brass and watching old black and white detective shows. I figured out how to handload one handed and my wife would take me to the range. My single actions saw a lot of firing once I figured out how to easily load and unload them one handed.
    Put a towel on the bench.
    Lay revolver down on left side.
    Open gate.
    Load a chamber.
    Slide gun to right rolling the cylinder as it moves.
    Load next chamber and so on.
    Then shoot.
    Unloading was same except for operating ejection rod with belly bracing pistol butt.

    I needed help cleaning them and my wife was happy to help.

    I had to laugh at your .32 firing response. The first time I fired my first Federal Gold Match Wadcutter round from my model 19 after shooting a bunch of hotter .45 Colt from my Vaqueros I did the same thing to make sure there wasn’t an obstruction. :D
     
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    Thanks for the support guys,
    First time for me also. I have always downloaded my magnums for lighter loads. I thought about our discussions on the forum when my .327s wouldn't chamber.

    That's funny, it sounds like something I would do. Did you guys stand around a corner and laugh while he was getting in trouble. I can see a lot of snickering going on in my mind. :)

    If there's a will, there's a way. I'm sure glad I had my reloading equipment to help me pass the time. I running out of YouTube movies to watch.
    I've seen them all on Netflix, Hulo, and most of the free tv channels.
    Oh Yeah, and thank God for my Wife, I wouldn't have been able to do this without her. She won't clean my guns for me so you have one up on me, but she helped me though the this bigtime.
     
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  11. hemiram

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    We were in their kitchen when it went off. It seemed wayyyy louder inside the house. Their mom ran downstairs and for a second, we thought, "Oh no, Bill shot himself!", but we heard him yell, "I didn't think it would work!". Mom yelled at him, dad yelled even more when he got home, in his really annoying way. He always sounded like some kind of school administrator lecturing students more than talking to his own kids. We just sat at the kitchen table and laughed as the show went on. Bill didn't know the whole story on that gun and that we had shot it first until he was pushing 50. He said his dad would talk about that gun incident almost yearly until he died at 90. Bill remains scared of guns to this day. As far as I know, his only gun was an old Nylon 66.
     
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