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Old October 19th, 2019, 05:51 AM   #1
 
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Hand loads for lever action rifles

Will the overall length of the .32 h&r magnum cartridge need to be a specific length to shoot out of a lever action rifle chambered in the 327 federal magnum?In other words if the 32 H&R round is shorter then the 327 fed round will it chamber ok and head spacing not be a problem in a lever action rifle?
So far I havenít had to trim and size my brass casings in order shoot them in a revolver and would hope I could use the same hand loads in a lever gun. Thanks in advance for any info.



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My Lyman #48 shows the OAL of the 32 H&R as 1.350"

Many Marlin lever guns can get finicky over shorter 38 Specials loaded in to 357 chambered rifle.
Cowboy shooters often modify the carrier a wee bit to favor the timing of the shorter cartridge.

Measure a set of 10, find the ones of the exact same length and make a test run.

The 32 H&R is a rimmed cartridge, so headspace is determined by the rim, not the mouth of the case as it is in semi-autos.
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I have levers in several handgun calibers. I use the same ammo that I use in my revolvers. The only exception is, as mentioned above, is when using short pills such as light for caliber or wadcutters.
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GunsmokeSam, Not all lever guns are designed to cycle all ammo that will normally work in a revolver so your first task is to read the owner's manual and see if your gun was made to cycle 32 H&R Mags. If it is made to operate with both 32 Fed Mag and 32 H&R Mag ammo, then standard SAAMI length 32 H&R cartridges (max length = 1.350") should cycle just fine.
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The lever gun I’m leaning towards is the Henry Big Boy that is chambered to shoot the 327 federal magnum. And according to Henry it will also shoot the 32 h&r magnum. My thought was with the 32 h&r magnum being a rimmed cartridge and as long as my 32 h&r hand load was shorter than the 327 federal magnum cartridge it would cycle and shoot with out any problems. Is this right? And how much of a problem would it be if my hand loads turned out to be longer than 1.350 inches? I would think as long as it would fit in the single action cylinder or the lever guns chamber it would still function and fire. Again is this right or does that create a whole different problem?
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You'd be more likely to have feeding problems with a too-short cartridge than a too-long one until you exceed the max AOL for 327 Federal (1.47"). As long as your 32 H&R loads are shorter than that, you'd probably be good to go.

Some lever guns seem to be more forgiving of shorter cartridges than others. I have a Rossi M92 in .357. I can't tell you the number of internet posters I've seen talking about how their M92 doesn't reliably feed 38 special ammo, but mine runs like a sewing machine with everything I've tried to feed through it, 38's or 357's -- it doesn't matter.
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Thank you to all for all the info. I’m getting a better understanding on how all this works.
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