Marlin 1891 32 Colt rimfire converted to 32 S&W - video.

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  1. Bibbyman

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    In early April I picked up what sold as a Marlin 1892 32 rimfire. It was complete but in neglected shape. I cleaned it up, rechambered it to 32 S&W and made repairs.

     
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  2. hrt4me

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    Was .32 rimfire no longer available as a viable option?
     
  3. Bibbyman

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    I've never seen a 32 Colt rimfire outside of a collection. Even the 32 Colt center fire has been obsolete for a long time. Both cartridges use a "heel type" bullet that is problematic to reload. The 32 S&W uses the same diameter bullet but inside lubed like all modern cartridges. Dies, cases, bullets are no problem (in normal times) to find. The 32 H&R Magnum is based on the 32 S&W so handguns chambered in 32 H&R will also shoot the 32 S&W.

     
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  4. dickydalton

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    I started buying 32 rimfire cartridges long before I bought a gun to shoot them in because I knew I would get one sooner or later. 32 rimfire weren't called 32 Colt rimfire. The 32 rimfire was created during the Civil War by Smith & Wesson for their No 2 Army revolver. I bought quite a bit back when it was selling cheap and not $3 to $4 a round. Now I have 5 of them and my 92 has the centerfire pin too so I shoot 32 Colt in it too. I also picked up some of that at a reasonable price but keep my eyes out for more. The little shooter above the LCP in the 2nd picture is an 1875 Marlin Standard that is 32 rimfire short.
     
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    I also have some of those reusable ones in your video and some primed new cases that I traded for. The heel bullets are available on GB.
     
  6. hrt4me

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    just like the .25 Stevens rimfire I need has gone obsolete
     
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    @ 4:58, what a great design!
     
  8. Bibbyman

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    I've takin umteen pictures of cleaning up and repairing this old gun. I plan to make a slideshow with narration of the transformation. I'm tied up this week but maybe by end of month I'll have it ready to publish.
     
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    I am thoroughly impressed.
    That's pretty cool.
     
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    Very cool! I have an 1892 in 22 s/l/lr that my grandfather got for his 16th birthday in 1905. It’s fitted with a Marbles tang sight and I shoot it in competition at 100 yards. They are so elegant and so well made. Great job saving that one!
     
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    Don't get carried away. I read of a Marlin conversion from .32 RF/LC to .32 S&W Long.
    Good stout .32 S&W L loads beat the gun up in short order.

    Another gunzine writer converted a Stevens single shot .32 to centerfire.
    He said a black powder small bore sounds like no other rifle.



    On the other hand, I also read of .22 LR BPCR. A poster was loading .22 RF with black powder. He started out with improvised tools but ended up with specialty dies and a wee little bullet mold.
    He showed a target with a pretty good iron sight group out of his 39A and said it was the last 10 shots out of 57 without wiping.
     
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  12. Bibbyman

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    I only plan to shoot black powder loads. The loads I'm shooting are loaded with .7CCs of Grafs FFFg. Bullet compressed. The load is subsonic.
     
  13. AntiqueSledMan

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    Hello guys,

    It's to late now, but I have formed 32 S&W cases to 32 Colt without the need to turn the bulge off.
    I pushed them into a block with precision reamed holes, in .005" increments, 4 steps.
    I didn't measure the primer pocket of flash hole as I intend to use a 27 cal power cartridge and shoot these as a RF.
    Of course this could have been done for center fire primer with a different mandrel on my arbor press.
    I pressed them into each hole till the rim bottomed out, then pushed them out with a bolt.
    I don't think Bibbyman is going to have any issues other than fouling with the Black Powder.
    Curious if he has any Black MZ left to try in it.

    AntiqueSledMan.
     

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  14. Bibbyman

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    I'm down to about 15 lb of BlackMZ. :( I'll save it for special applications like this.

    The conversion to 32 S&W was much easier than going through reforming cases. And I already had the stuff to load the 32 S&W.
     
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    Very cool if you can get that to work, have wondered about this many times but it never went the wonder stage.

    Does the rim of a Hilti load ~match a .32 rimfire?
     
  16. AntiqueSledMan

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    bibox,

    No, the 32RF rim measures .377".
    The 27 cal power load cartridge rim measure .326".
    The hammer on my H&R Bull Dog will reach the .27 cal when centered in the case.

    AntiqueSledMan.
     
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