Which is more powerful cartridge ?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by sharpshooterbjp, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. sharpshooterbjp

    sharpshooterbjp New Member

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    Which is more powerful cartridge .32Long or .22 LR?
     
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  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Im assuming you mean .32 rimfire

    Depends on what the 22lr is coming out of. With super short barrels like in a ccw sized pocket gun 32 is better if the 22lr is coming out of a rifle barrel its better.

    Neither is a good round for self defense. Smallest i personally carry is a 380acp
     
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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    No such thing as a 32 LR. The two most common .32s are .32 Auto and .32 S&W.

    Let us know what round you are looking for, we can get you the specs.
     
  4. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Yes there is .32 LR Rimfire, which is more powerful .22 0r .32 don`t know.............
     

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  5. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    my book shows the .32 long rimfire ay 179 ft lbs energy and the 22 at up to 191 ft lbs. Many many different loads for the 22 but only one for the 32.
     
  6. sharpshooterbjp

    sharpshooterbjp New Member

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    I wanna know about 32s&w
     
  7. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    It's actually pretty close to a wash. The .32 S&W was originally a black powder cartridge, and current loadings are pretty darned close to that, at about 93-115 ft lbs of energy. Some 22s are loaded rather hot, with figures around 200 ft lbs- but THOSE figures are usually for a rifle.

    The .22 LR gets its max velocity in a 12-16 inch bbl, so from a handgun, it would be much less. The .32 S&W is pushing a bullet that weighs about twice what the 22 is shooting.

    This is one you could argue either way, but they are pretty close. FWIW, there USED to be a round called the .32 Extra Short. Had the bullet of a .32, and the powder charge of a .22 Short. That is pretty useless.

    Gents: Yes, there WAS a .32 LR rimfire (different from the .32 Long Rimfire) but the .32 LR rimfire has been out of standard production since about 1905. The .32 Long rimfire was in production from 1861-1961 (Union Metallic loaded it for 2 more years after that), and there have been one or two special runs of it
     
  8. sharpshooterbjp

    sharpshooterbjp New Member

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    Thanks a lot for your information