Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by aaaaa, May 11, 2022.
One of those photos show the cylinder gap being perilously close to the defender's face. Yowza.
Another thing for me to think about.
At the top of the photo, a Winchester Model 1892 which shipped in 1911. Below it on the left is a Smith And Wesson 32-20 Hand Ejector which shipped in 1916, on the right is a Colt Police Positive Special which shipped in 1926. All three are chambered for 32-20.
My first 32 was the model 31-1 with 4" barrel. I didn't have any ammo for it but had heard you could use 32acp which I did have. That was a waste of ammo. I had trouble hitting the far bank on the creek I was shooting at 20 foot away. So I bought some brass and bullets at the gun show and borrowed my uncles dies and loaded proper ammo. Boy what a difference that made. Thats when I found out that S&W sized their barrels at .313 and the throats at .314. Just perfect for lead bullets but way too big for the .311 bullets loaded in 32acp rounds.
My 32s are made in the 1970s or later so can be loaded closer to what the guns will take. My 94gr lead bullet loads are getting a real 850fps from a 2" barrel. I have seen even hotter loads but thats good enough for me. The information is out there you just have to look for it. As far as using a 32 long for SD here is a good article on 32 mag revolvers but the last paragraph is the real story.
Just yesterday I bought a bunch of loading stuff from my bud who has decided to get rid of most of his stuff. In the pile of equipment I bought is a new set of Lee 32 long dies which will also load 32 mag and probably 327 Federal. I already have 32 long dies and if anyone is interested they are for sale.
Nice lookin' wheelgun. Congrats.
Looks great, IMO you did well from what I've seen lately (and from what I paid recently). Good for you aaaaa, congrats and enjoy.
Along with my new purchase of a 31-1 I grabbed a box of PPU 98 Grain S&W Long. They are rated 787 at the muzzle, but not indicating what length barrel.
Good for you nice pick up!
Thats a good looking gun. The cylinder face has no blast marks and the bluing on the ejector rod shows no wear. That gun probably hasn't been fired with 2 boxes of ammo through it. Thats how my 3" 30-1 looked and I got the box and docs for $400 but that was at least 10 years ago. My came with Mustang grips instead of the factory grips. I wish I had of got both.
Add a BK grip adapter and the factory grip will be good. No need for a replacement grip.
I didn't get a box with this one, but they threw in a cheap, made in China, case that was marked about $13. Yeah i think the stock grip will be fine. They had a 30-1 that had a rubber grip and bobbed hammer with 2-inch barrel, but not worth $475. These both were same widow on consignment, she underpriced mine and overpriced the other one.
Largely for the issue of ammo availability. Ask the ammo manufacturers to make more .32 revolver ammo and they say no because not enough guns so people don't buy more revolvers.
How is it going to improve when what holds people back from buying is lack of ammo and what keeps more ammo being made is a lack of people buying .32 revolvers?
I also have one .32-20 rifle, a 1922 Marlin 21-S pump.
The revolvers I restrict to relatively light Trailboss lead loads (800+fps). In the rifle I fire both those and some heavier, jacketed IMR-4227 loads.
EDIT: added 1922
My entry into the world of .32. Charter Arms Professional. Looked for a while and did not come across anything nearly as nice as @aaaaa did. So opted for new. First outing was last week. Worked up some reloads this week will give them a go tomorrow. No plans for carry just a range and woods knock around gun.
In the 80’s I had a nice Taurus .32 Long (forget the number) with adjustable sights and 4” barrel. Sold it when I got out of the service, wish I had kept it. Back then .32 Long was 5 bucks at a Gunshow if you didn’t mind dust!
If anyone is looking the Ammoman.com has several types of .32 Long and some .32 H&R in stock. Not cheap but not $1 a round either.
Edit: The target photos is how it shot today with my first round of load development. Looks like the elevation issue has been worked out by the maker. 200+ rounds in she is a shooter, just a matter of getting used to the fiber optic sight (not a fan may remove it and replace with epoxy). I have some more load development to do with Wadcutters and other powders.
A few years ago, I stumbled into a Winchester 1873 chambered in 32-20 built in the early 1890’s. It had been refinished so maybe not as valuable as un-modified. But it looks good and shoots well.
As a result, I bought a Miroku Win 1873 chambered in 357 Magnum.
I also bought a Henry chambered in 327 Fed Mag. It is a good companion rifle for the 32 caliber revolvers.
Also, I'm a fan of 32 muzzleloaders. The rifles are light, accurate and I can get several hundred shots from a pound of 3F powder.
Not Texas. Tombstone Arizona. And he put it in his luggage when he flew back to New York. I have probably watched that movie at least 20 times. And the gun was a Colt Pocket Positive.
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