(show above is .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .32 H&R Magnum, .327 Federal Magnum) (bullets: 100 gr plated, 100 gr RNFP, 115 gr RNFP & 113 gr CPB with Gas Check, Berry’s HBWC 83gr(copper plated)
Loads for the .32 H&R Magnum: (Note: Most ARE MAXIMUM loads, you may want to use 10% less to start.) (See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.) You can shoot the .32 S&W and the .32 S&W Long in the .32 H&R Magnum since all are shorter cartridges than the .32 H&R mag. but the same bullet diameter. The .32 H&R case is quite strong and some shooters are using this case in their .327 Fed. Magnum guns and pushing the max loads. You are on your own if you do this. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.
Bullet size is .314″ (lead)(some .313″) and Jacketed is usually .312″ in diameter.
(Note H110 & W296 are the same as of 2008 as is HP-38 & W231) (IMR 4227 is same as H-4227 if made in Australia)
60 Grain Hornady Jacketed (.312″) (these light bullets will not stabilize well at high speeds and usually used in .32 auto)
Hi=580 Lo=544 ES=36 (very mild for Pink Lady shooter in 2″ bbl)
Hi=647 Lo=582 ES=65 (very mild Ladies Load in 5.5″ Ruger)
Avg fps. Personal load – nice load 4″ bbl
Hi=692 Lo=668 ES=24
Hi=841 Lo=816 ES=25 (excellent load)
* These loads shot in a .327 revolver, may be too hot for a .32 H&R
100 Grain Plated FP (.312″)
Hi=877, Lo=844, ES=33
Hi=910 Lo=874 ES=36 (second test)
100 Grain Hornady or Speer JHP (.312″)
HP-38 & W231
HP-38 & W231
Master commercial JHP 1,245 fps
113 Grain Cast Performance LEAD RNFP + Gas Check (.313″)Until I get some testing done with this bullet(photo)
I suggest you use loads below for the 115 gr .
115 Grain LEAD Round Nose Flat Point, 4″ bbl revolver on Ramshot
HP-38 & W231
HP-38 & W231
Hi=859, Lo=823, ES=36 (personal)
Hi=927, Lo=900, ES=28
Hi=966, Lo=959, ES= 6.8 (GREAT)
Hi=1034, Lo=989, ES=45 (HOT, +P load shot in a .327 revolver)
Hi=933, Lo=906, ES=46.6 Good Load
Hi=815, Lo=778, ES=37 (Near Max for standard H&R Mag)
Hi=797 Lo=786 ES=10.3 (better second test)
Hi=1040, Lo=994, ES=46 (Hot shot in 4″ bbl .327 revolver)
Hi=1179 Lo=1097 ES=82 in a 5.5″ bbl Ruger SA
Hi=1033, Lo=974, ES=59 with 2″ bbl revolver
Hi=671, Lo=609, ES=62 (not a good load)
Hi=745, Lo=721, ES=25 (good)
Hi=859, Lo=827, ES=31 (good)
Hi=901, Lo=864, ES=37
Hi=969, Lo=936, ES=33 (fills case to base of bullet)
Hi=931, Lo=874, ES=58
Hi=992, Lo=961, ES=37 (best)
Hi=1069, Lo=968, ES=101 (hot-MAX)
Hi=1124 Lo=1109 ES=15 (Wow, very hot-MAX)
* These loads shot in a .327 revolver, may be too hot for a .32 H&R.
Discussion: All the powders listed are fast to medium burning powders in small quantities for these lighter bullets. The JHP would be the defense bullet to use.
A bullet with a copper gas check or copper plating is best for INDOOR ranges to keep lead vapors out of the air.
* Power Pistol, Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders. Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders. No. 2, No. 5, No. 7, No. 9, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company WAP (Winchester Action Pistol), WMR, WSF, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div. Ramshot powders are from Western Powder Company. Products used here are “Competition” (ideal for .32) and “Enforcer” (usually used for large magnum loads) www.ramshot.com Also loads of “True Blue” , “Zip”, “Silhouette”
References: – – Alliant – – Hodgdon’s web site 2009 – – Hodgdon now owns Winchester and IMR powders (2009) – – Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted. Ramshot on line .pdf loading guide 2010
MD Smith has had a storied career from his family broadcasting AM radio business, to his 36 year career in TV broadcasting. He is a published fiction and non-fiction writer, earned his pilots license in 1965, and is the original founder of Reload Ammo in 1996. His loads have been successfully tested and used by others for more than 25 years.
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