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Thread: need 32 acp load

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    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    need 32 acp load

    i want to load up some 75 gr flat nose lead bullets to practice with out of my kel tec. i have a wide selection of powders. what are you guys using? thanks

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    One hour west of Klamath Falls
    I was using Red Dot powder until I found that my progressive press powder measure will not throw the charges with enough accuracy for my peace of mind. Tenth over, tenth under, is a big deal with the small charges if you pay attention to your loading book and are loadiing toward the max listed load. I went with AA#2, a ball powder, only because it meters well and it was one I had on my shelf. Don't see any difference how my 1903 Colt shoots, except that the group size is a bit smaller probably because the powder charge is more uniform. If you weigh every charge, well....you won't be limited by powder types. Be sure to load enough to fill a coffee can at least half full, that's usually what it takes when my son and I go to the range. What mold do you have that gives you a 75gr flat nose bullet?

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    I played around a lot with ~80gr cast slugs in my 32acp a few weeks ago. It took a min. of 1.5gr of ANYTHING to make the P32 cycle. By "ANYTHING", I mean WW231, red dot, power pistol, unique, blue dot, and bullseye.

    I found that 1.8 gr of Bullseye made that little gun about to a backflip out of my big paws. Although I've seen load data call for a starting point of 2.1gr Bullseye. For plinkin, I'll stick with around 1.6gr of 231, unique, or PP.

    If/when I can ever find some 60gr GDHP's, I'll put it over 2.5ish grs of Bullseye, and just make sure those are loaded in a +1 magazine so I have a little extra to hold on to!

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    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Brushy Mountains of NC
    I have been using 100 gr. Lee RN and as little as 1.2 grs. of Bullseye. It makes a CZ50 cycle but it is only about 500 fps. It is fun to shoot and is POA at 15 yds. I would want more for serious work but don't need anymore to defend myself from a paper attack.

    I never intended to load this round but I bought dies for my 32 S&W Long and found out they would work for a 32 ACP. Then someone gave a box of 32 ACP brass, I really couldn't help it.

    Last edited by beemer; 10-29-2009 at 12:28 AM.

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    Boolit Master

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    Apr 2005
    Cuero, TX
    I have a 68-grain, as cast "Ranch Dog" bullet (TL314-70-RF)that I shoot out of my Bryco M38.

    I have used Titegroup, Unique, and Universal. I limit my loads to what the Lee Micro-Charge bar will throw through the Auto Disk powder dispenser as I will not charge the cases individually or weigh them. The velocities are from the 2.8" barrel of this subcompact.

    Titegroup 1.9-grains = 721 FPS with a 2.52" 5-shot group at 7-yards
    Titegroup 2.2-grains = ?, 2.66"
    Universal 2.4-grains = 623 FPS, 3.16"
    Unique 2.4-grains = 652 FPS, 1.98"

    I'm shooting the 2.2-grain load but didn't realize that I haven't chronographed it yet! I need to get on that project. The accuracy is excellent at the ranges I would expect to use this pistol in self defense. Unique meters poorly and in that it is at the maximum charge using the Micro-Charge Bar, I'm not comfortable using it.

    dsmjn mentioned Gold Dots, I have shot the factory ammo and it showed 851 FPS with the lighter bullet (60-grains)

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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
    Attachment 75771

    In my Walther PP and CZ50 with the Ranch Dog bullet I get great accuracy and reliable cycling with 2 grs. of Bullseye for 920 fps.
    Last edited by Outpost75; 07-10-2013 at 03:00 PM.

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    Boolit Master helice's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    California. Where absurdity reigns and confusion makes it look good.
    Some years ago I had a couple of Walther PPs in 32ACP. The only mold I had at that time was an LBT .313-115 FN PB. I had trouble getting any kind of load data for that large a boolit. Found out that the thin Aguilla brass was the only brass that the pistol would accept since I didn't want to size the boolit down. I think my heaviest load was 0.8 grains of 231 Winchester. Each load was weighed. We got very interesting velocities from the PPs and a neighbor's North American Arms. (The NAA was a nice piece.)

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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