American double action .32 cal

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by fox22, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. fox22

    fox22 New Member

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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?
     
  2. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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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.
     

  3. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Does .327 magnum shoot .32 S&W?

    Ok... answered my own question. So check out the Rugers chambered in .327.
     
  4. fox22

    fox22 New Member

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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.
     
  5. c3shooter

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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.
     
  6. Mongo

    Mongo Active Member Supporter

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    32 question

    Is it safe to shoot .32 auto in a .32 Magnum?
     
  7. trip286

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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
     
  8. yogiboobooranger

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    .32 Auto PSI

    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.
     
  9. JTJ

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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.
     
  10. fox22

    fox22 New Member

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    the toilet paper is an interesting idea. it will polish It?
     
  11. hiwall

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    The .32 auto round is semi-rimmed. Which has caused some troubles for people using the auto round in cheap 32 S&W revolvers. Also in .32 auto pistols when loading the magazine sometimes a shooter will get the rim behind the one under it in the magazine and cause a jam. Semi-rimmed cartridges are often mistaken for rim-less.
     
  12. Mongo

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    What is the pressure for a .32 Magnum?
     
  13. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Just in case someone needs it- and please note that CUP is not same as PSI

    SAAMI pressure specs

    SAAMI is the trade group that establishes what a standard Eleventy Whatsis Magnum IS- the dimensions and loadings.

    And Mongo- trying to shoot a .32 magnum in a top break .32 S&W will also kill you, and likely wound innocent bystanders with flying bits of revolver.
     
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  14. Mongo

    Mongo Active Member Supporter

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    32 Magnum

    I have a Ruger revolver chambered in .32 Magnum. I am trying to determine if the .327 Magnum cartridge can be fired from this Ruger revolver as was told to me by the sales person. I don't own any top break revolvers. Thanks for any info.
     
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  15. c3shooter

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    Mongo- NO. Go find blunt object, beat salesman. A .327 Mag CAN fire .32 Mag. Reverse is NOT true- or safe to attempt.

    Think of the .32 Mag as a .38 Special- and the .327 as a .357 Magnum. The .327 has about TWICE the energy of .32 Magnum.

    Article for you on the .327 Magnum-

    .327 Federal Magnum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  16. yogiboobooranger

    yogiboobooranger New Member

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    Mongo- NO. Go find blunt object, beat salesman

    After beating the salesman to understand his role, and if you bought the gun under the pretense of being able to shoot .327 mag in it, then I would give the gun back and make them get you one that is chambered in that caliber so that you have the versatility you want.