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Old November 5th, 2019, 04:36 AM   #31
 
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SPsix, thanks for the lead from Missouri Bullet Co. I see the 4 bullets they have listed are 0.313 inch diameter. So far I have only loaded with the 0.312 inch bullet. And I’m not sure if my die adjustments would need to be changed with the larger ones.



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Old November 12th, 2019, 06:16 AM   #32
 
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I've been shooting the 100gr cast with very good results.

https://missouribullet.com/results.p...5&secondary=20
The is a ton of load data for the 100 Gr cast & JHPís at this level the 32 H&R really shines
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The Barryís bullets made it in today and made up 18 of them. The crimp seems to be ok. What do you think? Iíll give them a try tomorrow and report back. Iím curious to see how accurate they will end up being. The Hornady 85 gr xtp loads are accurate out of a 5.5 and 6.5 inch barrel.
I've loaded some .357 Mag loads using Berry's Bullets and found that the standard crimp digs into the thin plating, nicely creating its own crimp groove. No problems with slugs backing out or compressing the powder charge so far. Of course, these are loads at .38 Special pressures and speeds ...
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Steel burner, good to hear your having good success with your Barry bullets. My 32 hand loads with the Barry’s 71 grain bullets are still holding up great. But haven’t made the time to give them a very good accuracy test. I’m curious to see how accurate they would be through my 20 inch Henry 327 lever gun. They do cycle fine and hold up well in the Henry’s magazine tube. But don’t know how good a group I could get out of them. I’ll definitely post the results when that time comes.
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Home now and sitting in one of my favorite places. What my wife calls ďmy gun roomĒ. The bullet seating die has Lee-32 H&R M-F7 on it. Not sure what the m-f7 means. I bought the Lee dies used from a guy that had been reloading the 32 h&r magnum with them. So I figured I couldnít go wrong buying them. They seem to work real good with the Hornady 85 gr xtp bullets. Iíve got 250 rounds of 71 gr Barryís plated round nose bullets being delivered Monday. Gonna give it a try with what I got.
You might try Montana Bullet Company's 85-grain .312" LRN if you need a bit more heft using Unique. I've been loading the .32 S&W (short) rounds for one of my old break-tops using that bullet. It has a crimp groove and is sized and lubed from the supplier.
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I don't think you'll find what you want

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I agree that the 71 gr fmj bullet is a better 32acp round. Iím wanting a inexpensive plated round nose bullet for plinking and target shooting. I have noticed that it will give me a decent grouping at about 30 feet out. But when shooting them out to around 50 to 60 feet they start becoming unstable. Do you think I could be damaging the bore when shooting the the 71 gr bullet matched with the 32 h&r magnum round? What Iím really wanting is the plated round nose in the 90 gr size. But havenít found them yet. If anyone knows who has them in stock please share who it is.
I doubt that you'll find a plated 90grain .312" bullet, as they are usually made for semi-autos ... no grooves. You CAN taper-crimp them and use them in your H&R, but there's not much demand for a 90-grain plated bullet. You might find grooved and crimp-grooved bullets with powder-coating in that weight range. Try Acme Bullet and Montana Bullet.

I'd say your little 71-grain boolit is too short and too light for that round. The 32 H&R is a Magnum and has quite a bit more grunt than its forefather, the .32 S&W Long. Short, very light boolits go unstable quickly at higher velocities. The .327 Hyper Magnum is even tougher on short, light boolits.
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I think my kid loads his 71 grain Berry's so that the crimp goes OVER the curve of the bullet. That is, they are seated a bit deep. He uses Federal and Long cases.

If this is a bad idea, please advise.
The loads are not 'hot'.
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Steelburner, I also have my doubts the 71 grain plated round nose bullets will not do well out of my 20 inch Henry at 100 yards. They didn’t do very well through my single six and seven out to 60 feet. But they seem to be fine for plinking out to about 30 feet and the cost makes them worth using up till gone. But once gone I won’t be ordering anymore. I’ll look for the 85 grain bullet, thanks.
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I bought a .32 H&R Single Six not long ago. So far I havenít found any load that is better than just plinking accuracy. Iíve tried loading lead bullets in the 76 to 100 gr. range. I thought Iíd tried some of the 71 gr. Berryís as well, but apparently Iíve only used those in .32 ACP loads.

The one other bullet I have used, which has also given the best accuracy at 15 yds. was a 78 gr. Berryís plated HBWC. Unfortunately those were discontinued a few years ago. So when Iím out Iíll likely try a lead wadcutter.
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I load 3 different bullets in my .32hrm reloads. I cast my own bullets, but of the three, two styles are available commercially if you do not cast. I like mostly a little heavy for calber bullets in all my revolver loads.

The first is a full wadcutter that weighs 96 grains. I load these over 2.7gns of bullseye. These are a mild target load with excellent accuracy. These are great for kids and wives that do not like recoil. I used to buy these commercially from Dardas bullets, but several companies offer similar.

Second, is a rnfp that I cast from a noe mold. These weigh approx 119gns. These shoot very accurately over 4.0gns of unique. These would make an excellent small to medium hunting load. Several bullet companies have similar offerings. The best ones that I bought were from badman’s bullets, and were marketed for the 32-20 cartridge.

Last, is a bullet made from an mp-mold called the “mjolnir”. This means hammer of thor in some language, but I forget which one. With this mold you can make large hollowpoints, small hollowpoints, or flat points. The large hp’s weigh 123gns, with the flat points coming in at 128gns. With this bullet in the lg hp configuration over 4.0gns of unique, you have a pretty good self defense load, or a medium game load such as coyote or fox. I am not aware of any bullet company that offers these, but GT bullets may have something comparable. These have a large meplat that make them ideal for killing.

I have had the best accuracy by sizing my bullets to the chamber exits, or throats. The best way to accomplish this is to measure your throats with pin gauges and size accordingly. I have found that most ruger .32hrm and .327 feds have .314 throats. I size all of my bullets for these cartridges to .314 and have excellent accuracy with no leading. I powder coat all of my bullets, so no need to mess with lube. This is similar to hi-tek coating.

I try to get the best performance out of all my guns, and this is what has worked for me with the 32 caliber guns that I own. I think that a little heavier than normal bullet really make these small bore calibers shine. Merry christmas to all, and thanks for reading!

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Left to right; 98gn double ended wadcutter- 119gn round nose flat point- 123gn mjolnir large hollowpoint- 127gn mjolnir flatpoint. The above loads should only be used in modern robust sixguns, and were developed specifically for use in ruger single and double action revolvers chambered in .32hrm and .327 fed mag. As always you should start low and work tour way up, looking for pressure signs. Disclaimer inserted.
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Looking for .32 H&R Magnum ammo?

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This may be a bit of a thread wander, but You reloaders can help me. I recently ordered the new Charter Arms "Professional" revolver in .32 H&R magnum. I do not reload, so I'd like your advice regarding a good factory load. Thank you in advance for your comments/advice.
Prices are sky high for these low-volume calibers. But you can find some good prices by using a locating service like this one: https://ammoseek.com/ammo/. Federal is probably the best, since they had a hand in promoting both the H&R .32 Magnum and the .327 Federal Magnum rounds.

But don't overlook anything in the caliber you want. You might find a good one, and they all should go bang when you want it to.
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I agree that the 71 gr fmj bullet is a better 32acp round. I’m wanting a inexpensive plated round nose bullet for plinking and target shooting. I have noticed that it will give me a decent grouping at about 30 feet out. But when shooting them out to around 50 to 60 feet they start becoming unstable. Do you think I could be damaging the bore when shooting the the 71 gr bullet matched with the 32 h&r magnum round? What I’m really wanting is the plated round nose in the 90 gr size. But haven’t found them yet. If anyone knows who has them in stock please share who it is.
I gave up loading plated bullets and switched to Hi-Tech-coated bullets instead. Same No Lead Fumes results, cleaner bores, great accuracy, and lack of smoke as with plated projectiles.

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I’m loading more 327 & 32 L than the H&R simply because of brass.

Used to have single sixes in 32 H&R. A 4 5/8 and 5.5”. Loved them they where my wife’s “cowboy” guns.

Today I have A S7 Bisley and Birds head.

I like heavy for caliber. I use a Lyman 311440 (150g) and a Accurate 31-135S. (135g). Lymans 311008 also works real well. But My pop started shooting them and he wants quiet loads. So I’m wanting a lighter bullet I can turn out in volume a LEE 6gang 90308 is looking appealing to me. It’s a 93g RN.

I worked up Blue Dot loss for my heavies and got the 150’s going 1050 and the 135’s almost 1300 FPS.

I like Unique allot but prefer Bullseye for the mouse farts and Red Dot for light stuff.

Load pops been shooting is 2g Red Dot and a 110g SWC Lyman Bullet.

I have a RCBS 98 SWC coming with high hopes.

Casting your own and powder coating opens up so many avenues.

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Has anyone made .32H&R brass by trimming .327Fed brass?

Does anyone think there might be a problem doing this?
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