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Old 03-23-2010, 01:44 PM   #1
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My friend showed me his H&R 32 and was wondering what it was chambered for. he shot some 32 long colt through it and it realy expanded the brass so I did a web seach and found 32 long colt is only .299" and a S&W long is .314. I'm preatry shure that it is 32 S&W long . The 32 H&R mag may be to much power for it.
Does any one have anything they could add about the year ,it is nickle plated but not a break action.
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It may be a 32 S&W long but could also be a 32 S&W. The 32 S&W should work in either situation. The 32 H&R Mag is newer, longer and higher pressure than these older guns were designed for . Hope this helps.



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The 32 Long Colt was originally made with a heeled, outside lubricated bullet. The bullet was the same diameter as the case mouth (ALA .22 rimfire). The .32 S&W Long uses an inside lubricated bullet that is smaller than the case mouth. If your Colt cases are getting severly blown out it is probably because it is actually chambered for the S&W cartridge.

See a competent gunsmith and have a chamber casting made. This will allow him (I am making the presumption the gunsmith is male) to take measurements and determine the caliber of the gun.

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Thanks guys . The camber in the cylinder is quite long so I'm thinking S&W long but I will tell him to error on the side of caution and use 32 S&W.

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My dad had an old H&R and I know it shot .32 S&W. I saw the box of ammo a few years ago. That's what he was shooting in it.



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