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Reloading The .32 H&R Magnum



photos © MDS - 2009

(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) Bullseye use 3.8 to 4.3 grains HP38 use 3.0 to 4.2 grains Unique use 4.5 to 5.0 grains W231 use 4.4 to 4.8 grains TrueBlue use 6.5 to 7.5 grains Ramshot Competition use 3.8 to 4.5 grains ---------------------------------------- 77-78 Grain LEAD FP (.314") Trail Boss 2.3 gr. (low velocity) (start) Trail Boss 2.6 gr. (max) HP-38 & W-231 2.4 gr. 797 (start) HP-38 & W-231 3.4 gr. 998 (max) Titegroup 2.0 gr. 745 (start) Titegroup 3.0 gr. 993 (max) Clays 2.5 gr. 848 (max) ZIP 3.3 gr. 845 Hi=920, Lo=808, ES=111 (Lead RN bullet-.313") ---------------------------------------- 83 Grain Berry's plated HBWC (photo) (Hollow Base Wad Cutter)(neat bullet) W296/H110 9.5 gr. 972 Hi=979, Lo=964, ES=15 (VERY good load) W296/H110 10.3 gr. 1,055 Hi=1104 Lo=1028 ES=76 ---------------------------------------- 85 Grain Jacketed Hornady HP (.312") Universal 4.0 gr. 1,090 (start) Universal 4.3 gr. 1,123 (max) HP-38 & W-231 3.2 gr. 785 (start) HP-38 & W-231 3.8 gr. 1,003 (max) HS-6 5.2 gr. 902 (start) HS-6 5.6 gr. 1,146 (max) Titegroup 3.0 gr. 929 (start) Titegroup 3.7 gr. 1,110 (max) Lil'Gun 10.5 gr. 1,163 (start) Lil'Gun 12.0 gr. 1,263 (max) W-AutoComp 4.2 gr. 1,037 (start) W-AutoComp 4.6 gr. 1,114 (max) Bullseye 3.1 gr. 986 (start) Bullseye 3.4 gr. 1,020 Bullseye 3.9 gr. 1,162 (MAX) Unique 3.9 gr. 994 (start) Unique 4.1 gr. 1,050 Unique 4.7 gr. 1,240 (MAX) 2400 8.4 gr. 1,118 (max) AA #2 4.0 gr. 1,262 (max) AA #5 5.2 gr. 1,296 (max) H4227 8.5 gr. 989 H4227 9.5 gr. 1,151 Max H110 & W296 11.0 gr. 1,288 ---------------------------------------- 90 Grain LEAD SWC(.314") W-AutoComp 3.4 gr. 874 (start) W-AutoComp 3.9 gr. 997 (max) Universal 3.0 gr. 819 (start) Universal 3.2 gr. 908 (max) HP-38 & W-231 2.8 gr. 828 (start) HP-38 & W-231 3.2 gr. 919 (max) Trail Boss 2.4 gr. 751 (start) Trail Boss 2.8 gr. 785 (max) very nice cowboy load Titegroup 2.4 gr. 819 (start) Titegroup 2.8 gr. 911 (max) Bullseye 2.2 gr. 808 Bullseye 2.8 gr. 959 2400 5.6 gr. 968 (start) 2400 6.1 gr. 1,108 (max) Unique 2.5 gr. 808 (start) Unique 3.6 gr. 1,005 (max) 2400 6.2 gr. 1,117 HS-6 4.6 gr. 845 HS-6 5.0 gr. 963 max Red Dot 3.3 gr. 998 max WSF 3.2 gr. 821 WSF 3.8 gr. 967 max AA #9 7.5 gr. 1,048 (max) H4227 9.5 gr. 1,042 H4227 10.0 gr. 1,079 max Black Hills Factory Cowboy Load 658 Hi=685, Lo=614, ES=71 (for reference only) ---------------------------------------- 90 Grain Jacketed HP(.312") Lil'Gun 10.0 gr. 1,156 (start) Lil'Gun 11.5 gr. 1,227 (max) W-AutoComp 4.0 gr. 957 (start) W-AutoComp 4.5 gr. 1,082 (max) Universal 3.7 gr. 1,008 (start) Universal 4.0 gr. 1,072 (max) HP-38 & W-231 3.5 gr. 930 (start) HP-38 & W-231 4.0 gr. 1,033 (max) Titegroup 3.1 gr. 932 (start) Titegroup 3.6 gr. 1,060 (max) Lil'Gun 10.4 gr. 1,088 (start) Lil'Gun 11.5 gr. 1,227 (max) Bullseye 2.2 gr. 805 (start) Bullseye 3.3 gr. 1,049 (max) 2400 8.4 gr. 1,028 (max) H4227 9.5 gr. 1,042 H4227 10.0 gr. 1,079 max HS-6 5.4 gr. 1,026 HS-6 6.0 gr. 1,140 max ---------------------------------------- 98 Grain HBWC lead (.314") Bullseye 2.3 gr. 810 (max) Unique 4.0 gr. 998 (max) ---------------------------------------- 98 Grain Round Nose lead (.314") Unique 4.3 gr. 833 Hi=848, Lo=814, ES 34 (2" bbl) Unique 4.3 gr. 913 Hi=995 Lo=862 ES=133 (4" bbl) ---------------------------------------- 100 Grain SWC or RN lead (.314") AA #2 3.6 gr. 1,152 (max) AA #5 4.7 gr. 1,255 (max) AA #7 7.0 gr. 1,082 AA #9 9.9 gr. 1,185 W-296 10.1 gr. 1,051 Personal load in 4" bbl revolver H110 & W296 10.4 gr. 1,262 H110 & W296 10.9 gr. 1,302 max Bullseye 3.1 gr. 968 Bullseye 3.4 gr. 1,022 max Unique 3.6 gr. 957 Unique 4.0 gr. 998 max ZIP(Ramshot)2.7 gr. 665 Hi=684 Lo=610 ES=74 ZIP 3.0 gr. 744 Hi=786 Lo=691 ES=44.6 ZIP 3.2 gr. 846 Hi=876 Lo=800 ES=76 TrueBlue *6.5 gr. 1,157 Hi=1175 Lo=1144 ES=31 (LRN bullet) Silhouette 5.6 gr. 1,031 Hi=1080 Lo=993 ES=87.5 (Max)(SWC bullet) Trail Boss 1.7 gr. 563 Hi=580 Lo=544 ES=36 (very mild for Pink Lady shooter in 2" bbl) Trail Boss 1.7 gr. 612 Hi=647 Lo=582 ES=65 (very mild Ladies Load in 5.5" Ruger) Trail Boss 2.3 gr. 679 Avg fps. Personal load - nice load 4" bbl Trail Boss 2.3 gr. 682 Hi=692 Lo=668 ES=24 Trail Boss 3.0 gr. 830 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") Unique 4.3 gr. 863 Hi=877, Lo=844, ES=33 Unique 4.3 gr. 892 Hi=910 Lo=874 ES=36 (second test) ---------------------------------------- 100 Grain Hornady or Speer JHP (.312") W-AutoComp 3.7 gr. 867 (start) W-AutoComp 4.2 gr. 964 (max) Universal 3.3 gr. 847 (start) Universal 3.7 gr. 973 (max) HP-38 & W231 gr. 3.3 gr. 860 (start) HP-38 & W231 gr. 3.7 gr. 947 (max) Lil'Gun 10.0 gr. 1,151 (start) Lil'Gun 11.0 gr. 1,208 (max) Titegroup 3.1 gr. 932 (start) Titegroup 3.3 gr. 956 (max) H4227 9.0 gr. 980 H4227 10.0 gr. 1,060 max HS-6 4.8 gr. 885 HS-6 5.4 gr. 1,023 max Bullseye 3.6 gr. 1,000 (MAX) Unique 4.4 gr. 1,047 (Max) 2400 7.7 gr. 1,091 (Max) AA #2 3.7 gr. 1,139 (max) AA #5 4.9 gr. 1,185 (max) AA #7 6.4 gr. 968 AA #9 9.4 gr. 1,275 (max) 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 (Note Ramshot "Enforcer" is not ideal, but "Competition" was great.) Titegroup 2.5 gr. 907 H110 8.6 gr. 882 H110 9.6 gr. 1,043 H110 10.8 gr. 1,134 max AA #9 6.7 gr. 858 AA #9 7.7 gr. 1,041 max (I have seen loads up to 10.0 with #9, but can not verify safety or max. Used in a .327 mag gun) HP-38 & W231 3.2 gr. 844 HP-38 & W231 3.7 gr. 933 max W231 3.2 gr. 838 Hi=859, Lo=823, ES=36 (personal) W231 3.5 gr. 912 Hi=927, Lo=900, ES=28 W231 3.8 gr. 962 Hi=966, Lo=959, ES= 6.8 (GREAT) W231 +P *4.1 gr. 1,017 Hi=1034, Lo=989, ES=45 (HOT, +P load shot in a .327 revolver) W296/H110 9.5 gr. 933 Hi=933, Lo=906, ES=46.6 Good Load Unique 4.0 gr. 880 Unique 3.0 gr. 792 Hi=815, Lo=778, ES=37 (Near Max for standard H&R Mag) Unique 3.0 gr. 791 Hi=797 Lo=786 ES=10.3 (better second test) Unique +P *4.3 gr. 1,012 Hi=1040, Lo=994, ES=46 (Hot shot in 4" bbl .327 revolver) Unique 4.3 gr. 1,144 Hi=1179 Lo=1097 ES=82 in a 5.5" bbl Ruger SA Unique 4.3 gr. 996 Hi=1033, Lo=974, ES=59 with 2" bbl revolver HS-6 4.8 gr. 914 HS-6 5.5 gr. 1,015 max Ramshot Enforcer 6.0 gr. 650 Hi=671, Lo=609, ES=62 (not a good load) Ramshot Enforcer 6.5 gr. 736 Hi=745, Lo=721, ES=25 (good) Ramshot Enforcer 7.0 gr. 838 Hi=859, Lo=827, ES=31 (good) Ramshot Enforcer 7.5 gr. 887 Hi=901, Lo=864, ES=37 Ramshot Enforcer 8.0 gr. 948 Hi=969, Lo=936, ES=33 (fills case to base of bullet) Ramshot Competition 2.5 gr. 803 (light load) Ramshot Competition 3.0 gr. 907 Hi=931, Lo=874, ES=58 Ramshot Competition 3.5 gr. 980 Hi=992, Lo=961, ES=37 (best) Ramshot Competition*4.0 gr. 1,004 Hi=1069, Lo=968, ES=101 (hot-MAX) True Blue(Ramshot) *6.0 gr. 1,116 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

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