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Thread: .32 H&R Magnum article in Handloader Magazine this month....

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    Boolit Master dougader's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Does Pearce still list the 100 grain XTP with 11.8 grains of W296 for the 32 H&R mag? He had that listed in a HL mag article from a few years back and I still use it for Single Six loads.

    For plinking and practice, it's a Meister 94 grain rnfp with 3.0 - 3.5 grains W231.

    I just got a Mihec mold, The Mjolnir, that throws a 130 grain wfn and a 123 grain hp but haven't cast any of those yet.

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    Boolit Master
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    Oct 2005
    Omaha, NE
    He does not have any W296 loads listed for the Hornady 100gr XTP.

    I recently went to W231 powder that duplicates factory loads for my Titanium J-frame. Before that, I had settled on an HS-6 load to duplicate factory loads. Unfortunately, HS-6 (especially with lubed lead bullets) is far too dirty for Titanium.

    Early on, I tried just about anything and most worked OK or better (Red Dot, Bullseye, Unique, etc). I stopped using Red Dot and Unique because they don't meter worth a darn. When I was young, I did not have a meter and weighed each and every charge so that did not matter. After I got a meter (actually, I ended up buying two different ones because the first one did so poorly with those powders) that mattered. With testing, I found that the meters were not the problem. The powders were. So I got different powders.

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    Boolit Bub
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    Rocky Mountains
    I’m on the group buy for that mold, but still waiting.

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    I remember the data that Skeeter Skelton published--and soon retracted--in Shooting Times. Given my experience with the 32 H&R in a Ruger SSM and a S&W Model 16-4, I thought his powder weights might get him into trouble with the liability lawyers that burden society with their snivelings and mopings. And it did.

    I have yet to pick up Handloader to read the article. The best source for 32 H&R data prior to this Pearce article appears in the RCBS Cast Bullet Manual No. 1, pp. 133. It lists a bullet that I consider the single-best 32 S&W Long/32 H&R/327 Federal bullet design ever birthed--the RCBS #32-98 SWC. I have sent thousands of these castings downrange from my revolvers over the years, from 700-1200 FPS. The bullet has accounted for untold numbers of small and medium game and varmints during this time. I LOVE the S&W M-16-4, and it has been shot A LOT. I am slowly warming up to the SP-101 x 4.2" in 327, but like the 32 H&R I have trouble justifying a velocity over 1100 FPS for most of my uses. The Lyman #313631, a 100 grain SWC/GC, gets most of the work when velocities exceed 1100 FPS. This bullet refuses to shoot well until it is prompted past 1100 FPS, and gets better as it goes faster. I have run it to 1900 FPS in a 32/20 Marlin CCL, but I don't like its pointy form in a tubular magazine. It remains accurate, though--whether at 1900 FPS from the rifle or at 1400+ from the SP-101. I gotta say--those loads in the SP-101 are LOUD, rivaling the report of my 30 Carbine Blackhawk for intensity.
    I don't paint bullets. I like Black Rifle Coffee. Sacred cows are always fair game. California is to the United States what Syria is to Russia and North Korea is to China/South Korea/Japan--a Hermit Kingdom detached from the real world and led by delusional maniacs, an economic and social basket case sustained by "foreign" aid so as to not lose military bases.

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    Boolit Master Walks's Avatar
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    I just got my HANDLOADER yesterday. Skimmed over the article. Not much new. I take anything Pearce writes with a BIG GRAIN OF SALT.
    Look at the article by pure numbers. Allowing just 5 minutes to load the brass & shoot 5 rds for each individual loading, It's about 58 hours just for load testing for the article.
    And he writes one column each month for at least 4 different magazines. And one or two articles for each magazine every month.
    Where does he find the time to run his big Cattle Ranch.

    I worked a month every summer for 5yrs as a teenager, up near FRESNO, CA. It was 6 1/2 days a week. 5am til dark at 8pm. Then you spent another couple hours fixing equipment under the lights in the big shed or working on saddle gear or sharpening tools. The only shooting we did was at the occasional coyote.
    And my DAD'S friend, Big Tom was always up before us and went to bed after us.
    Just find his stuff hard to believe.
    Happiness is a Warm GUN & more ammo to shoot in it.

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    SW Montana
    I enjoyed the article. It showed up in the grocery store aisle yesterday. It shows quite a bit of current data with a lot more cast bullets than most do.
    Walks, a friend runs 350 head of cows, coaches football and is involves with basketball at the High School level, volunteers for his church and has done 2 terms on the school board. He had never had a hired man until his son joined him. They run about 800 acres of hay ground and his son spends more time coaching and volunteering than he does. Just saying, you never know about people.
    [The Montana Gianni] Front sight and squeeze

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    Boolit Master

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    I’m thinking bout buying the issue but want to know if there are any loads for 115 cast in there. I’ve used a h110 load of 10.0 grains Pierce wrote about some time ago and really like it but who doesn’t want options.
    "Is all this REALLY necessary?"

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    Boolit Man nockhunter's Avatar
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    upstate NY
    I have three loads for my Ruger .32 H&R, 3.5g W231, 10.0g 2400, with 100g swc, and 11.5g W296 with100g XTP. All shoot very well, I carry the single six loaded with three each 100g/W231 and 100g XTP/W296, while small game hunting for coyote/fox medicine.


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