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11-04-2005, 06:02 AM
My results have been a bit disappointing so far, using Water's Pet Loads article as a guide. Have a like-new version of the old Single Six with adjustable sights and a lil H&R 3" stubbie. Grooves and chamber mouths seem to match up pretty well at .312"/.313" but accuracy has so far not compared with larger caliber Blackhawks, using both commercial cast and homecast boolits.
Appreciate any "pet loads" or suggestions.
Thank You, jethrow
11-04-2005, 08:40 AM
A friend and I have been shooting a lot of the 311008 in .32mag. Sized .310 it does very well in .308 barrels like the Contender and Merrill with 4 grains of Unique. We have been casting out of his 2-cavity mold, which is new and drops .312 boolits. I just got an old 4-cavity for the 3118, which is basically the same, but which drops them at .314. I sized some of them .310. Haven't shot them yet. They may be great in his Smith M16, which likes bigger boolits.
11-04-2005, 09:37 AM
I had a Ruger SSM x 5.5", and now use a S&W Model 16-4 x 6". Both did/do fine work with the RCBS plain-base SWC (98 grains) at all velocity ranges from 750-1200 FPS, and powder doesn't seem to matter--I've used Bullseye, WW-231, Unique, and 2400 as appropriate for their respective pressure levels. Sizing to either .313" or .314" works equally well. Surprisingly, the MM 120 grain RFN meant for the 32-20 did not shoot real well from the 32 Mag, but drove tacks in the 32-20 revolvers. Correspondingly, the 32-20's seem to prefer the 115-120 grainers over the 100 grain boolits. I have Lyman #313631 to try in the 32 Magnum next, but the boolit will need to really shine to beat out the RCBS plain base.
With the J-words, AA-7 is THE powder in this caliber with 85 grainers, and WW-296/H-110 with 100 grain bullets.
11-08-2005, 12:23 PM
I just used the new gang mold from this forum 314-120, and got good results with 3.5gr. Unique, 4gr. Unique., and 3.2gr. of Titegroup. This last one was the best. The bullet comes out 120gr. in plain wheel weights. I didn't even size my bullets. Tumble lubed, and shot them.
11-08-2005, 10:02 PM
Sort of a follow-on from the other 32 Mag thread, Dr. A.
Unique in the amounts you show will be my next attempts with the 120 grain Mtn. Mold castings originally intended for my 32-20 revolvers. There's no real reason why these heavier boolits shouldn't work in the 32 Mag, and further work with them and Lyman #311316 will follow.
11-09-2005, 11:03 AM
I too have tried the bullet from the 314-120 group buy. Cast up 3-400 hundred of them. Used wheel weights and why I water dropped them, I don't know. My S&W Model 16 snubbed them with a number of different loads. Went back to square one, softened the alloy with about a third pure lead and ww. This time air cooled the things. The model 16 is very happy. The load is 6.5 gr. LilGun, not published data so be cautious. This load grouped just over 1 inch at 25 yds. off the bench, 2 power Leupold, 20 degree weather, wind, and snow in the air. I didn't chrono the load, just couldn't get my heart into it.
11-20-2005, 10:34 PM
I shoot a Pardini .32 S&W long in competition. My S&W Model 16 is used to shoot any loads that don't perform in the Pardini (very sensitive semi-auto). My most accurate load is a 100gr. H&N wadcutter (DE) bullet with 1.8 grains of 231. This chronographs at 730 ft/sec.
My loads with Meister DEWC(.312), Lapua 98 gr DEWC(.314) don't shoot well in the Pardini, but in the S&W are great. All group within 1" @50ft. and 1.5"@ 25 yards. These loads are too light to perform well at 50 yards.
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