Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Bibbyman, May 9, 2021.
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.
DSC00021 by dickydalton posted May 10, 2021 at 3:00 AM
Some hideouts by dickydalton posted Nov 13, 2018 at 7:54 PM
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.
That's pretty cool.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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