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Old 03-20-2013, 04:46 PM
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Default .32 & 327 After the Gold Rush! Thoughts?

I am pretty sold on the S&W 632 Carry Comp. I like the fact that especially in this ammo shortage, I have a large selection of calibers that will work in this gun and I should be able to find something...

Forgetting about the shortage for a second, when ammo comes back, are .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .32 H&R Mag. and .327 Federal Mag. normally a difficult item to find? Do they tend to be more expensive?

I just love this gun. I can't hold a full size like a 686 and thought this is the perfect middle ground. I just don't want to get stuck with something I can't shoot even after bullets come back!

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Old 03-20-2013, 04:57 PM
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My wife's CCW piece is a Colt Detective Special in .32 S&W Long. We can usually find a couple of boxes of ammo at our LGS. The usual offerings are RN lead; not much available for self-defense type loads. Since it's not a big seller, prices are premium. Great cartridge. Accurate and fun to shoot. We'll start reloading our own soon. Sounds like yours has lots of options for ammo, so enjoy it.
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There is enough of a vestige of the rim on a .32 ACP to catch on the ejector star of my 632 Pro (below) and permit reliable firing & ejection, making it a five ammo gun. Admittedly, the .32 ACP is like a pop gun, while the other end of the spectrum, the .327 Federal Magnums, mean business.



As to ammo availability, last weekend's AGCA gunshow in Birmingham had a good supply of .32 ACP, some .32 S&W, a bit more .32 S&WL, and a box of .32 H&RM - but I never saw any .327 Federal Magnum, save 100 bullet boxes of Hornady 100gr .312" XTP's for $21/box. I bought two for $40 to reload in some of my mixed .327 brass. As S&W already dropped the 632 Pro, and Taurus, Charter, and Ruger have dropped most of their such caliber, too - I don't expect .327 Federal Magnum ammo to be high on any ammo maker's priority anytime soon.

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[ As S&W already dropped the 632 Pro, and Taurus, Charter, and Ruger have dropped most of their such caliber, too - I don't expect .327 Federal Magnum ammo to be high on any ammo maker's priority anytime soon.

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Are there a lot of weapons chambered for the .32? It's a new world for me.
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The 32s (short, long, HRmag, 327) are cheap and easy to reload once you've built up your supply of brass.

Find a 32 you like, get it and go have fun with it.
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The only one that normally seemed to be available (at a decent price) was the 32 S&W Long. I found it at Midway and other locations for reasonable prices. I haven't looked recently since the "craziness" began. I reload it a lot and it is very economical with cast bullets.
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32 stuff is not that easy to find. The old 32 S&W is about impossible. 32 S&W Long is the easiest, but by size of the components is not all that cheap. 32 H&R mag is about impossible to find. Can't say about the 327 as I only had a 32 H&R mag a while back. Sold it cuase it was a single action and I just can't get into them.

I would say that online shopping is your best bet. Midayusa usually has 32 S&W Long in several flavors.
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Thirty two long is easy and cheap to load for and so is 32 mag. I'm about to sell my 16-4 cause I had a custon .32 long built and really enjoy shooting it. Neat little round, very accurate. Larry
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I just found some 20 round boxes of 327 magnum Gold Dots for $20, bought 5 boxes. The ammo is out there.
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[Are there a lot of weapons chambered for the .32? It's a new world for me.
Oh yes, and what a world it is...here's just a small sample
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nice collection
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I thought that with the introduction of the 32 H&R and the 327 Magnum, interest in 32s would be rekindled. Since buying my 632 I can see why 32s were a favorite years ago, there's a lot to like with them.
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32 acp is fairly easy to find, 32 S&W pretty rare in these parts, 32 Long & 32 H&R were in stock at many LGS in MT, many also had 327 Fed. I bought a few boxes of 327 50 rd packs, 115 gr jhp in 2011. The price ran $27 per 50, last Sept they were $26. Another point for the reloading of these wonderful cartridges. If 327 Fed goes away in 15 years, it will still shoot the H&R 7 32 Long. I don't see them disappearing, you can still buy brass and ammo for 357 max and 348 Winchester.
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I bought 1000 rounds of StarLine 327 brass (plus a couple of hundred saved from firing once and 100 Federals purchased new & primed from Freedom Arms) and a selection of bullet moulds. I have 32 Pistol dies from Lyman, RCBS and I believe Lee that will load them. I don't care what "the Industry" does, I'll be shooting mine!!

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