Using buckshot to create round ball loads in .32 SWL

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  1. WVGunman

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    So I found this chart here from a very helpful company that sells whole jars of every size shot there is. (If only I were still into slingshots!) I've heard that old-timers used to make ball loads in .32 using buckshot balls. Looking at the sizes here, #1.5 shot seems too small at .310, whereas #0 buck seems a mite large .320. I'm sure I could load the former and it would work ok in a gun that normally takes .313 bullets, but wouldn't accuracy suffer? Alternatively, wouldn't the second one be too large and cause pressure problems? Or is lead buckshot soft enough to swage down with no problems, even in a round as low pressure as Smith & Wesson Long, or even Smith & Wesson Short?
     
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    I use .310" round balls (#1.5 Buck) in .30-30 and .30-06 'Cellar Loads', and I use .360" (OOO Buck) in .38S&W, .357 Mag, and .35 Remington loads...A a couple-three grains of fast pistol powder and I have lots of fun on rodents in the gardens...

    If I were to load for .32 S&W or SWL, I would try the .320" first, and if that didn't work, I would try the .310" and 'bump' them a little (with a hammer) to fatten them up just a tad...

    Or you could see if you can have a .315" push through sizer made for sizing the .320" down to where you want/need them...A couple thousandths over groove seems to work best for me...

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    I load my round balls in unresized cases...I decap and reprime without sizing...The balls are seated (sprue up) flush with the case mouth with just thumb pressure...After seating I slather on some LLA to seal and lube...

    I bet that would work with the .320" balls for you, but I'd still try the .310" first...

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    I'd run the .320 through a sizing die.
     
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    If the barrel is .310” then a ball .310” will provide very little contact length to both seal the bore preventing blow-by and to grip the lands. Load just a bit too hot and the ball will strip and any accuracy disappears. IME a slightly larger diameter works better, giving a bit more latitude in load level. A .320” may work best as long as the cases chamber.

    But buckshot I’ve seen is far from precision sized, nor was it perfectly round. Note the disclaimer on the linked site. I guess it depends on the accuracy the OP wants.


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    I have also played with 000 Buckshot in the 38 S&W and it works very well. I see no reason why it won't work with your 32 S&W but be sure not to use super hard round balls so that they can swage down correctly.

    I never thought of LLA as a lube for this application, I have used Bee's Wax.
     
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    I run slightly oversized round balls through a lee sizer, lube with liquid alox and shove them into an unsized case. Works for me
     
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    Is the resizing strictly necessary? I'm looking to avoid hassle by using the buckshot, not add a step.
     
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    It depends, if you want good results i would size them. Shot is not exact, when you size and over diameter ball you get a slightly oblonged projectile which gives you more bearing surface and a better seal. You can skip it but your load will not be ideal
     
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    The few I played with needed sizing to give neck tension. I loaded them just like a regular bullet, but I did really like the way that it worked out. The belled and pressed in ball made a nice tight fit in the case, and when I crimped I didn’t really crimp the ball but more resized the mouth of the case to a smaller diameter essentially giving the ball a little groove to sit in. It was very secure and shot well. I will do the same for 38sw when I get my revolver back in working order at some point this year.
     
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