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Thread: 32 Colt Police Positive

  1. #21
    Boolit Master
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    Jan 2010
    Tom, VA
    "The .32 S&W Long, also known as 7.65x23mm, is a straight-walled, centerfire, rimmed handgun cartridge, based on the earlier .32 S&W cartridge. It was introduced in 1896 for Smith & Wesson's first-model Hand Ejector revolver. Colt called it the .32 Colt New Police in revolvers it made chambered for the cartridge."


  2. #22
    Boolit Bub
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    Jan 2015
    West Virgina
    Thanks for the input. Picked up some 32 S&W Longs, not shot them yet, but they fit like a glove.

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    Boolit Man JoeJames's Avatar
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    May 2018
    Arkansas Delta
    Quote Originally Posted by mullthing View Post
    Thanks for the input. Picked up some 32 S&W Longs, not shot them yet, but they fit like a glove.
    I chronographed some Fiocchi brand 32 wadcutters, and they were running 560, 597 and 597 fps in my 4" S&W kitgun.

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    Boolit Master Outpost75's Avatar
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    May 2013
    over the hill, out in the woods and far away
    Here is my chronograph data of typical .32 S&W Long loads fired in revolvers and in a cobbled up "rook rifle."

    .32 S&W Long Factory Vs. Handloads In Revolvers and H&R “Bunny Rifle”

    Remington cases, Federal 200 primers in all handloads:

    Ammo Type________________Colt 2”__________Colt 4”___________H&R18”

    PMC 98 LRN factory_________687, 13 Sd_______797, 17Sd________945, 16 Sd
    Highest velocity factory load__103 ft-lbs._______138 ft.lbs.________194 ft.-lbs.

    Remington 98 LRN factory_____645, 20 Sd______729, 12 Sd________899, 11 Sd
    Western 98 LRN factory (1960s)_643, 19 Sd_____658, 22 Sd________912, 17 Sd
    Privi-Partisan 98 LRN__________656, 28 Sd______675, 11 Sd_______917, 21 Sd

    Accurate 31-087T, 2.5 BE______662, 16 Sd______780, 22 Sd_______1000, 15 Sd
    Shoots to the fixed sights______84-ft.-lbs._______117 ft.-lbs.______193 ft.-lbs.
    Accurate 31-090B, 2.5 BE______731, 26 Sd_______773, 11 Sd______1066, 16 Sd
    Shoots to the fixed sights_______106 ft.-lbs.______119 ft.lbs.______227 ft.-lbs.

    These charges should not be exceeded in pre-WW2 revolvers.
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    Boolit Man JoeJames's Avatar
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    May 2018
    Arkansas Delta
    My hand loads for the 32S&W Long shot in my S&W 32 Hand ejector 5th, and my S&W 631 32 H&R Magnum, all of course in 32 S&W Long cases. Bullseye powder, and Trail Boss (I was interested in how Trail Boss would do) and 98 grain lead SWC's. The 631 is a 4", and the hand ejector is 4 1/4". The velocity was therefore quite similar:

    2.0 grains of Bullseye - 659, 642, 665, 559, 641, and 672 fps
    2.1* grains of Bullseye - 694, 681, 689, 636, 681, and 684 fps
    2.2 grains of Bullseye - 625, 757, 760, 702, 741, and 721 fps
    * appeared to be the most accurate load

    1.5 grains of Trail Boss - 527, 520, 555, 511, and 493 fps
    2.0** grains of Trail Boss - 694, 687, 645, 705, and 673 fps

    ** 2.0 grains of Trail Boss appears to fill the case to just shy of the swc base. It was also the most accurate.

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check