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Old 10-23-2011, 05:41 PM   #1
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i recently came across a american double action .32 cal. i have two questions. first it is just labeled .32 cal does this mean i can shoot any .32 cal round such as .32S&W or .32 auto. ? and secondly there is slight rusting on the dull nickel finish what would be the best way to clean it up?
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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No 32 auto. 32 S&W only and then ONLY if it locks up tight. Use very fine steel wool(0000) and some oil(any oil). Bronze wool is OK also.
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Does .327 magnum shoot .32 S&W?

Ok... answered my own question. So check out the Rugers chambered in .327.
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thank you for the info. it locks up tight and the timing is still good. it was found in a relative's house and i was unfamiliar with the .32 round. i know the fine steel wool will take the rust off, but is there a simple way to to clean up the nickel finish? its very dull.
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Careful with scrubbing on the nickel plate, or it will get offended and go away. Try Flitz metal polish, soft cloth, and EASY DOES IT.

Those are old revolvers- Top break style, right? They were only intended for the .32 S&W revolver cartridge, which, originally being a black powder load, runs around 15,000 psi. The .32 Auto is about 20,500. Bad.

The .327 Magnum is 45,000 psi. VERY BAD. While you CAN shoot .32 S&W and .32 magnum in a .327 magnum, trying to do the reverse will probably kill you- or a least make for a very memorable day at the range.
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Is it safe to shoot .32 auto in a .32 Magnum?
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Maybe with a moon clip, if anyone makes them. You'd have to look at the chamber pressures, which I don't have off hand. Maybe c3 will chime back in.

But, a .32 magnum is a rimmed round, whereas a .32 auto is rimless. So if the .32 auto has lower pressures, and you can find a moon clip that works, it shouldn't be a problem.

But only if the pressures are okay
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The .32 Auto cartridge is rated at 21000 PSI. Firing .32 ACP in a gun chambered for .32 S&W is akin to feeding it a steady diet of PROOF loads - eventually something will give. Good Luck, and stay with ammo that is intended for the gun.
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Try rubbing with a quality toilet paper. Not a joke. Dont use the cheap stuff as it is too abrasive. The paper is abrasive enough to clean and polish the nickel without doing major damage. That is why you dont clean glasses with paper of any kind. Solvents and cleaners can affect the copper plating under the nickel and will cause it to flake off. Be very careful with solvents on any nickel plated firearm. I was taught this by a very old gunsmith who was around when nickel plating was popular.
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the toilet paper is an interesting idea. it will polish It?
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