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What are the chances of finding 32 rimfire ammo?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by KDS, Feb 7, 2011.

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  1. KDS

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    Hey guys, I am in the process of restoring an H&R Young America revolver in 32 S&W that was my great grandmothers. During my research, I found that they also chambered this gun in 32 rimfire and that most of the parts are the same. With all the parts I will have left over I am considering building a 32 rimfire just for fun. I am fascinated by old obscure calibers. How easy is it to find 32 rimfire these days and what is the going rate when you do find it? Thanks.
     
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    Navy Arms made a couple of runs of both .32 Long RF and .32 Short RF a few years back. You might try them at Navy Arms, (201) 945-2500, www.navyarms.com or Old Western Scrounger, (530) 842-1250, www.ows-ammunition.com.
     
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    I may be wrong but I also believe I saw an ad for It in shotgun news
     
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    Try something like a Hammond Game Getter. This is essentially a centerfire cartridge with an offset .22 chamber instead of a primer pocket. The chamber takes a .22 nail setting blank, and the offset allows the primer to be hit by a centerfire firing pin. The projectile is a sized buckshot.

    In this case the offset would allow the .32 hammer to hit the .22 rim.
     
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    I have a couple rounds I found in my Granddad's stuff.
     
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    Never heard of that round but it must be old then.
     
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    In 1954 when I was in the Army in Colo. I had a Remington rolling block .32 rimfire rifle with me. The round was quite common and low priced in that place at that time. Had to be, as I was buying it on a Private's pay. It was so slow that if you would shoot at a jackrabbit he would hear the gun go off and be running away before the bullet got to him.
     
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    12 cases and 25 bullets for $129 Euros, plus shipping!?

    If you want to shoot something old, obscure, or antique, non-cartridge arms would probably be a lot cheaper since you're just dealing with loose powder and can cast the bullets yourself. If you buy cartridges like this, someone has to set a machine up to make the cases and that incurs a tremendous cost with such a limited market.
     
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    Not sure where you guys are shopping. There is a local shop that specalizes in old west and cowboy action. I bought three boxes of 32 s&w shorts and a box of .32 s&w longs for $24 and change for a box of 50. Made this purchase within the last 2 months.
     
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    Centerfire<rimfire. I can make .32 S&W all day from .32 H&R mag. try to make a RF.
     
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    Your memory is accurate, but your sense of time is mistaken. Navy Arms made a run of 32RF and it was advertised in Shotgun News. But it was at least 20 years ago. There hasn't been any available for some time.

    How time flies...:)
     
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    My uncle had several boxes of it, and we shot some several years ago. Don't know just how old the ammo was, but uncle had a system. He would take two boxes and sort out the ones sitting bullet down in the box to shoot, and the ones sitting bullet up to put back and make up one full box.

    Apparently the ones sitting bullet up in the box were pretty much all duds, due to the bullet lube migrating down and killing the primer. We had a couple of misfires in the ones we shot, but they mostly worked fine.

    And of course uncle would then have a full box of unshootable .32 RF to sell a gun show, hopefully to someone who was just a collector, not a shooter.
     
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    I saw someone selling about 40 cartridges recently on a FL specific internet gun website. I think he wanted about $2 a cartridge. I just looked and dont see the ad anymore.

    I wouldnt recommend bothering with chambering for .32 rimfire unless you have lots of money and time to burn finding ammo, as it wont be easy or cheap.
     
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    There is a good reason that they quit making larger rim fire ammo.
     
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    I want to shoot a late 1880's .32 rimfire derringer but read that modern ammo (because it uses smokeless powder) could damage a weapon built to use cartridges with black powder. My question: Could I replace the smokeless powder with black powder and essentially recreate ammo correct for that era?
     
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    You might try a version of the Hammond Game Getter.

    http://www3.telus.net/gamegetter/

    The Game Getter is designed for centerfire rifles. It consists of a cartridge case with an off-center "primer pocket" which is really a .22 RF chamber. In use, a nail-setting blank is placed in the chamber, a buckshot in the case mouth, and the firing pin hits the rim of the off-center blank.

    A similar arrangement might be used in your .32 RF, with the rim of the nail setting blank on the edge of the case. I don't know if Hammond would make one for you, but you might talk to him.
     
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