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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:27 AM   #16
 
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I have had problems with brass splitting, and have been told it was a problem with "a certain manufacturer" in the earlier days of the .32 H&R ammo.

In my case, I shot a full box and immediately reloaded them, noticing no split cases. Then, when I opened the box a considerable time later, ALL of the cases had split at the mouth. When I inquired of the maker, they told me I had stored them close to some chemical or another. Chemicals in my ammo cabinet? With all my other ammo that DIDN'T split? Yeah, right.

Just my experience.



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Old May 17th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #17
 
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Yes, I have done some edible small game hunting with mine. Cotton tail rabbits, grouse, and snow shoe rabbits.

I cast my own bullets and use a 100 gr Keith cast bullet ahead of 2.2 grs of 231 in .32 S&W Long cases. They shoot well, not much noise and almost NO recoil.

If you wish to use the .32 H&R Mag cases, you will need to up the powder charge a bit to 2.8 grs.

These loads should work well with Hornady 90 SWC for the indicated purpose.

These are target loads that will work VERY well for edible small game.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #18
 
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Split case

I bought mine after making many phone calls back in "97".Gunshop owner said that he bought 2 when they first came out,"84" if I remember.Sold the first one right away.
The only thing I don't like are the sights.Never realized how bad they are until I bought an American Classic II 1911 with three dot sights.Even with factory sights.I can still group 2 1/2" at 50 yards.It is accurate!!I wonder what it will do with better sights.
As for a holster, I made my own.

Also,as far as the split cases.I bought 1 box of Federal 85gr jacketed hollow points at the shop on the day of buying the 32.I to had split cases.Contacted Federal and they said they had a problem with some not being annealed properly.Shipped them to federal and they sent me 2 boxes along with a check for sending in the first box.No more split cases.

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only one problem with mine

I have a pair like yours and after shooting a couple of dozen shots I noticed that the bluing was burnt off in six spots around the cylinder. The problem was that the hole in the frame for the barrel was too deep and the gas from each shot was hitting that groove and being directed back on the cylinder. Both guns had the same problem and a gunsmith filled the groove by welding. There was a little discoloration from the welding on top of the frame but with the case coloring is hard to see.

Mine have ebony grips now and look as great as they shoot. I'll try to post some pictures.

Had the free spin pawl put in both of them, almost forgot that.

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Hiya Gambit- I've had a small-frame Bisley in .32 H&R Magnum for about 20 years, which is the single six frame. A great shooter but my .32 mag cases would split lengthways, usually 2 or 3 per 6 fired. .32 longs or shorts fired don't do this and the cases don't look deformed. The cylinder bores appear perfect. I haven't fired Magnums in it for 12-15 years. Any ideas?
[SIZE="3"]The very first batch of Federal .32Mag ammo was recalled because of split cases.[/SIZE]
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The "splitting case" issue with the early issues of .32 H&R was an AMMO issue NOT a revolver issue. The early Federal brass was junk. I, too, went with .32 S&W Long cases. Since I reload, it was a no brainer.

Starline .32 H&R brass is VERY good and you'll have no problems with that.

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Cool gun, Gambit, great price.

I recently passed up a used 6" blued adj. sight version. Lovely gun, but it was near $500 and it only fits perfectly into a fantasy life that I don't lead. I need the .22 version first.

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But Daizee, we're all about that fantasy life here...

Two of everything Ruger sells.... Ammo of every caliber to last a year... A place to shoot that doesn't have any restrictions....I may never leave (Hotel California, Ruger style). Oooommmm (Zen type noise)

And then Monday rolls around along with that nasty work thing that I keeping showing up for and ruins the whole thing.
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Hiya Gambit- I've had a small-frame Bisley in .32 H&R Magnum for about 20 years, which is the single six frame. A great shooter but my .32 mag cases would split lengthways, usually 2 or 3 per 6 fired. .32 longs or shorts fired don't do this and the cases don't look deformed. The cylinder bores appear perfect. I haven't fired Magnums in it for 12-15 years. Any ideas?
[SIZE="4"]Starline has brass in stock now.[/SIZE]
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Just ran across this old post. I have one with adjustable sights and it is a sweet little six-shooter. I've never hunted with it, but wouldn't hesitate to use it on anything up to coyotes. I load 85 Gr Hornady JHPs and think it would be just the thing for coyotes out to 50 yards. Mine shoots this bullet very well. I carry mine in an old Safariland lined holster that I bought for my .22 Super Single Six.
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My bisley hits whatever I point it at and a very natural extension , The first 32 mag I ever shot and I love it. Got it off of the forum and now have lots of ammo,dies and bullets. Put it in a cross-draw holster on the belt with my 22 mag 3-screw.
"My Ruger of choice is More" , I have many 3-screw SS's , BH's and SBH's plus a BC . Most of them are naturals and some need a little more concentration on the point. I think I just said I need some more practice.......here we go...
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+1 on what Dale53 (nice tgt hombre!) said regarding Federal brass. I lost about 10% of the Federal brass on first firing with factory loads. Since then, I've used Starline with no problems. It's a fun caliber to play with. Probably great for small game if you get the right load. Mine is a bird's head single six and I like it a lot. "Packability" (to butcher Taffin's term) is a factor in how I get along with any particular hand gun and that bird's head has it.

The pic shows that d----d warning along the barrel and also my crude attempt to resolder the front sight blade after pounding on it to correct a windage problem. It's fine now but I should have had a good gunsmith turn the barrel instead.

Here's some loads at 25 yds, sitting with a back rest, all with Starline brass and Winchester Sm Pistol Primers. This batch of Unique is probably 8 yrs old. The cast bullets were of straight WW alloy. Too, this particular piece seems to like a stiff crimp on its loads:

Lyman 311008, sized .311, 3.8 gr of Unique...1-1/4"
Lyman 311316 gc, sized .311, 3.3 gr of Unique...1-3/4"
Bonus BBSWC, 4.0 gr of Unique...1-1/4"
Hornady XTP, 4.5 gr of Unique...3/4" Yep....3/4"

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didn't check back for a good while....

Sorry I didn't mean for the split case issue to hijack Gambits thread. I sure appreciate all the input. I bought my Bisley about 1982 used, $230.00. I didn't think it had ever been fired.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 01:16 PM   #29
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I've got one also, blued, no case hardening. I made up some plinkers with a .312" ball and a smidgen(CRS) of W231. it's a blast out to 55 feet or so, and costs next to nothing to shoot!! IIRC a .312" ball is a standard shot size? Makes for easy reloadin'.....................Lee
P.S. Yeah I also am beginning to hate the crap on the barrel. Gettin' out of hand.

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I just bought a Ruger Single Six .32 H&R Magnum Catalog # SSM-6 61/2" barrel. I would consider very good condition two small scratches on the ejector rod housing, one small scratch on the right grip. I really wanted one of these because they were out of production and such a odd duck. Absolutelty zero holster wear, looks like it was fired very little. I got the original box but no papers other than the NRA card, the manual is out of production. Does anyone know where I could buy an owner's manual? According to the serial # the date of manufacture is 1989. I researched the net and felt like I got a decent buy @ $350.00, anyone have any thoughts?
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