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Old 07-30-2020, 03:39 PM
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What are the forums thoughts on the .32 H&R Magnum?
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Old 07-30-2020, 04:07 PM
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There's some good info on Lucky Gunner's ammo tests of pocket pistol calibers. There, you can compare various .32 H&R Magnum rounds to .32 S&W Long and .327 Federal Magnum, as well as to other pocket calibers in terms of penetration and expansion. As you might expect, .327 Federal Magnums performed the best, but some of the .32 H&R Magnums did OK. Here's a link to the tests: https://www.luckygunner.com/labs/poc...-test-results/
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I would love it oh so more if they had more appropriately named it the .32 H&R Special. That would make the world balance just a bit better. It is somewhere around 25-26k psi max, and should have been named a “Special.”
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It's a dandy, like all the .32s I've tried. I would like to play with it from a 3" SP-101 (or a 4" S&W, if God chooses to so bless me), but I have used so-called "+P" data from Handloader magazine to make it really shine out of a 6.5" Bisley Single-Six: 115-gr RNFP at M 1412.2 fps/S 51/D 21 (5950'>sea level, c. 15% humidity, 75 degrees F), Starline .32 H&R Magnum brass, Hunters Supply 115-gr RNFP hard cast bullets, .313", Remington 1 1/2 small pistol primers, ___ gr. 2400).
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Old 07-30-2020, 05:25 PM
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I like it. I mostly shoot my 4" M631, but also have a cylinder to fit my Ruger SA 32 combo gun.
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:16 PM
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If I hadn't read medoicre reviews on the quality of the Charter Arms Professional .32 mag would buy one, lot to like about a 3" 7 shot.
If Smith would make one, they would sell a whole bunch.
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Old 07-30-2020, 07:27 PM
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If I hadn't read medoicre reviews on the quality of the Charter Arms Professional .32 mag would buy one, lot to like about a 3" 7 shot.
If Smith would make one, they would sell a whole bunch.
Never happen. They'd make a .327 Fed, with .32 mag as alternate. And I'd be tempted.

Ballistically, the .32 mag fits into a FUN range.

I would call it a handloading caliber. Very little commercial ammo is available.
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I'm very pleased with mine. The 16-4 was used to work up hand loads and with the Hornady 100 gr XTP loads I settled on were chrono'd at over 1200 fps from the 6" 16-4 and the same load goes over 1000 fps from the 1 7/8" 432PD and 431PD.

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I like it. I have had a M16-4 that was super accurate and I currently have a Cimarron (Uberti) Model P Jr, think 7/8 scale SAA, in .32 Magnum/.32-20. I also have a M15 that I am converting to a 6" .327 Magnum, which of course will fire all of the shorter straight wall .32s.
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I think it's a great round. I have a 432PD that's very accurate with 32 H&R. Also have a 632-1 in 327 Fed Mag and it too shoots the 32 H&R well.
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I would love it oh so more if they had more appropriately named it the .32 H&R Special. That would make the world balance just a bit better. It is somewhere around 25-26k psi max, and should have been named a “Special.”
Pressure doesn't make it a magnum.. Case volume does.
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Old 07-30-2020, 09:35 PM
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I Taurus Snub in 327 Federal and I mostly shoot 32 H&R Mag in it. Fun to shoot and I wouldn't want to be on the other end of some hot loads. Nice carry gun for a lady as well.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:18 PM
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Knew a guy who was a nut about them. And reports seem to confirm this. HOWEVER...there's the thing about ammo. It's not everywhere, and of course you can reload, but I believe choices aren't all that universal and prices are high. The other thing is in 20 years, .38/.357 ammo will still be around. I'm not so sure about the .32 H&R Mag. So in that regard, it is what it is and so long as you go into it with your eyes wide open, you're good.
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Old 07-30-2020, 10:31 PM
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Have three, this 8'' Mdl 16, and a couple Rugers, one being a convertible with a 32/20 cylinder. Work fine for me with Hornady's XTP bullet over a charge of 800X., using Starline brass. Stay away from Federal brass, loaded or not.

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The 32 Magnum cartridge is proof of why I would go broke manufacturing guns. I thought (and still do) that the 32 Magnum would make a excellent self-defense cartridge. It adds one additional round to the J-Frame and has less recoil than the 38 Special while still giving good expansion from short barrel revolver.
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Old 07-31-2020, 05:44 AM
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Great round. I would love to get my Titanium model 332 back that I sold years ago. 6 rounds, and really no material difference in ballistics performance from .38. If you wanted deep concealment in a lightweight package, (11 oz.) from a revolver there was nothing better.
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I will trade a alloy J frame 38 special for a J frame 32H&R any day of the week and not just because the 32 has a higher resale value.

6 shots vs 5 shots of near equal power and less recoil.

I have a 16-4 and its great. It is fitted with a K22 cylinder reamed to 327. I have a J frame cylinder reamed to 32H&R, but no alloy framed 32.
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These are all .32s ... great caliber if you reload. The .32 H&R Mag is much more civilized than the .32 Fed Mag, which has stout recoil and an obnoxious noise level.

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I like all things .32 Have a total of 6, of which 4 handle the .32 H&R nicely.
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I recently picked up a 4” 16-4. It’s a nice looking range gun, but not sure what else I would use a K frame .32 for; however I like the idea of a 6 shot J frame.

I also had bad luck with Federal ammo case’s splitting. They’re supposedly sending me a replacement box along with a bulk pack of .22lr with bad crimps.
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I find the 32 H&R an ideal trail gun and small game cartridge. Living where I do a threat is far more likely to come from a 4 legged creature than a two legged one. If needed for defense, as with most cartridges, placement wins over strong misses.
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These are all .32s ... great caliber if you reload. The .32 H&R Mag is much more civilized than the .32 Fed Mag, which has stout recoil and an obnoxious noise level.

Love the 5in gp100.

Love 32 revolvers.
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I shoot it quite often out of my .327 lcr, extremely pleasant to shoot, almost as soft shooting as a .32 long, and much more comfortable to shoot with my carpal tunnel than the .327.
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Picked up a Taurus Model 741 Blued 4 inch for my Granddaughter. Took her to the range with seven different model and barrel lengths in .38 Special and one in .32 Magnum and one in .45 Colt. Did not really care for any of the .38's, loved the Model 25 6 inch .45 Colt (but not a good size for her for the purpose she wanted. The .32 magnum she liked and fit her well and she shot it the best. A friend owned the Taurus since he bought it new. After a lot of thought he let her have it for $300. She is happy and Grandpa gets to reload for a new caliber, more stuff for me to buy....Molds, bullet sizer die, and reloading dies..
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I really love the 32 family. It is a very good cartridge to train new shooters with.
I can use such a wide variety of cartridge's in each of my revolvers.
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