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Old February 10th, 2013, 03:58 PM   #1
 
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32 H&R single six

Years ago when Federal and H&R came out with the 32 mag I bought a single six with a 6 1/2 inch barrel. You could rarely find factory loads so handloading was the way to go. At the time all that was available was the 90gr swc or hornady's 85gr jhp. In the old shooting times skeeter skelton had some hot loads for the jhp using about 9 grains of AA7. I shot a bunch of these, but they were rough on the brass. Maybe 3 reloads per case. Starline wasn't around then, but I've just got some new brass from them. Well the gun has been a safe queen while I've shot my big bores for years. Age has slowed me down and I'd like to get some plinking time in again. Does anyone load larger bullets, ie 118 grain in their 32 h&r? I've got plenty of data for the jhp's, and the lighter cast bullets, but want something with more wallop. Not for everyday shooting, just for carrying while hunting for unwanted critters, and for show at the range to the grandkids shooting jugs of water and such.

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Find a copy of Ken Water's Pet Loads. As he suggests, I have never needed any other powder for the H&R, from 85gr to 118gr, other than 800X.
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I've had very good luck with Unique, W231 and Lil'Gun in my Single Six and 1894.
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I've been handloading the Oregon Trail 115gr. flatpoint bullet over 7.6 gr. of AA9 with small pistol magnum primer,COAL of 1.345" with good results. Approach with caution as 7.8 gr. is maximum powder charge.
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I sold mine years ago and as I get older I do wish I still had that gun shoot like a dream.
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I have a matching pair of stainless guns, I've yet to wring out a good load for...

... I started loading some 100 grain hollow base wadcutters, but they were very soft, & I was looking for something with a bit more spit... I actually always wanted to try my carry loads for my J Frame 32 Mag, but those are so hard to get right now, they stay in the box...

... a couple years after I bought the 1st single six, I got into CAS, & later bought a 2nd for MRS to use, but decided to pick up a pair of 357 Vaqueros, to match the ammo in the lever gun she'd be using, so now the pair of Single Sixes are mine to play with again... so I'm interested in warmer loads you guys have tried...
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Like so many others, had one back in the day and sold it, then kicked myself for it. Started looking for one, just recently and found this one. Just picked it up this, yesterday, in fact. With box, papers and I doubt it has had a dozen rounds through it. As close to new as a a used gun can get. Made in 1990. Let the 32 fun begin, once again.


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Nice... that one's got sights

my pair... top of this "pile"

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Thumbs up 32's

Still have a couple left. This is one of a pair-32/10MM BUCKEYE SPECIAL. Since this photo, stocks have been replaced with Ivory.



This is my first one-- grip frame has been replaced with a brass one.



I have a nice load using 800X that will get the job done.
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Wow, Tusker, a .32/10mm conversion? Gotta see that!...Just pulling your chain, Pard...it was a typo, I know...BTW, great pics and good guns to boot.

I've got a cpl myself; a Bird's Head SS with a 4-5/8" bbl., and a S&W M-16. Both are very accurate with a variety of JHP's and a cpl of Lyman's cast bullet offerings. Here's some gun p**n of the Ruger.

Plus one on the Ken Water's Pet Loads suggestion...he really does some nice work with that early Bisley of his. I worked up some fairly snappy loads, using his data, with Bullseye, Win 231, and Unique, but never did see the chrono wink out 1000 fps! All three gave me excellent accuracy, in the neighborhood of 1.5" at 25 yds, however.

I'll offer one suggestion, to the OP; as you work up loads, get some Starline brass; the Federal I had split up the side of the case on the 2nd or 3rd loading with moderate loads too. Can't say if they've corrected the brittle brass issue, but I do know that the Starline brass I now use is virtually indestructible.

The 2nd pic is my walk about rig for it...a bit of ole' John Wayne eh? Light and comfy, it's a joy to tote around.

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I used starline brass and had good luck with 231 powder.
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What about having the cylinder rebored for .327 Federal Magnum? I have a S&W Model 16 that I had that done to. Shoot .327's, .32 H&R's, and .32 longs when I can find them. I really need to start reloading.
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I recently picked up a pair of 32 SS's. First one is a 4 5/8" stainless with birdshead grips, the other a 6.5" Bisley made in 84. The Bisley is as new in the box as it can get, and I'm having a problem making up my mind of whether to shoot it or not. The BH will be a shooter.

Haven't started loading for them yet. I've got some components, but when I went to start loading today, I noticed my scale had grew feet, so had to order another.
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Moved to Indiana this past May and I am still looking for gun and fishing stuff. All boxes were accounted for. I guess it's my searching.
You guys and gal have some mighty fine .32's. A Single Six .32 is high on my bucket list.
What would be a good reference book on Ruger Single Actions?
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What would be a good reference book on Ruger Single Actions?
Single Action Sixguns by Taffin ... If you can find a copy Now a little out of date, but still has good data and interesting commentary on guns and loads.

If you are looking for a reference for number of this or that (specifics) then the book by R.L Wilson is a good one to have. Here is a picture of cover with one of my Ruger Old Army revolvers on it.



Sure there are others.
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