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    320 Revolver brass

    Anybody have one, and what are you using for brass?



    Starting to try and load for one, an 1880's vintage revolver in very nice condition.

    Very similar to 32 Colt short.

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    I think you can use 32 Long Colt brass. Trim to length and turn the rim down to 0.360".
    Better yet, Fiocchi produced blank ammunition for this. I would bet it's still around. I have a hundred or so rounds of it that works well

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    The one I have is tight chambered, 32 Colt is a couple of thousands to large to chamber. May have to make a die to swage the cases down a couple of thousands so they'll fit.

    I had heard that Fiocci had made ammo, didn't realize it was blanks. I have not run across any yet. Searching for blanks my help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 15meter View Post
    The one I have is tight chambered, 32 Colt is a couple of thousands to large to chamber. May have to make a die to swage the cases down a couple of thousands so they'll fit.

    I had heard that Fiocci had made ammo, didn't realize it was blanks. I have not run across any yet. Searching for blanks my help.
    Found the blank cartridges, what is your loading procedure?

    Fire the blanks then reload or do you have a way to open the crimp?

    What dies do you use? Boolit?

    Any help is appreciated. I can use all the help I can get

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    Quote Originally Posted by 15meter View Post
    Found the blank cartridges, what is your loading procedure?

    Fire the blanks then reload or do you have a way to open the crimp?

    What dies do you use? Boolit?

    Any help is appreciated. I can use all the help I can get
    I fire them! Then 32 short colt dies.

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    Gotta ask the question, I am assuming they are boxer primed, yes?

    Don't want to get into the berdan primer thing, I've successfully avoided them up to this point.

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    I purchased several Fiocchi products at the same time, I remember the 401 wsl was berdan and I modified it, but I believe it is boxer primed. I don't remember any drilling on it!
    RCC is an option - but will likely set you back $300+/- / 50 rounds and it's turned not drawn. I believe that their backlog had been significant as they were changing hands. They do good work though!

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    There is a lot written about forming 32 Colt from 32 S&W.
    Not sure about the dimensions of the 320,
    but you should be able to come up with something.
    As mentioned turned brass would be an expensive route.

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    As an aside, I hated the thought of converting berdan. Turned out it wasn't nearly the trouble I had envisioned.

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    I just read an article by Gill Sengel in Handloader magazine, #324 February 2020, that indicates the 320 revolver and the 32 short Colt are the same cartridge. In the same article he states that Winchester still loads the 32 short Colt round.
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    How close would 32ACP be?
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