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Reloading The .32 Smith & Wesson Long


Loads for .32 Smith & Wesson Long or .32 Colt New Police (case is .920" long) (But NOT .32 Long Colt):
(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.)
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) in diameter. Some lead are .313 and Most Jacketed bullets are .312"


(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 JHP (usually used in 32 auto) HP-38 try 2.0 up to 3.6 grains Bullseye 1.8 up to 3.1 grains W-231 2.0 up to 3.4 grains Unique 2.6 up to 3.5 grains Ramshot Competition use 3.4 to 4.0 grains ---------------------------------------- 75 Grain LEAD Bullseye 1.5 gr. 511 Bullseye 3.0 gr. 955 max HP-38/W231 2.0 gr. 675 HP-38/W231 3.5 gr. 1,038 max Very HOT Unique 2.5 gr. 601 Unique 3.7 gr. 902 max ---------------------------------------- 83/85 Grain LEAD VV N310 1.5 gr. 767 fps (Start) VV N310 1.7 gr. 856 MAX Bullseye 2.3 gr. 782 Bullseye 2.7 gr. 908 max Titegroup 2.2 gr. 798 Titegroup 2.6 gr. 891 max HP-38/W231 2.5 gr. 772 HP-38/W231 3.0 gr. 848 Ramshot Zip 2.7 gr. 792 Ramshot Zip 3.1 gr. 898 max Unique 3.0 gr. 742 Unique 3.5 gr. 902 max ---------------------------------------- 85 Grain JHP Universal 2.7 gr. 702 Universal 3.0 gr. 862 max Unique 2.7 gr. 705 Unique 3.0 gr. 838 max Titegroup 2.1 gr. 723 start Titegroup 2.4 gr. 819 max Bullseye 2.1 gr. 651 Bullseye 2.4 gr. 811 max AA#2 2.1 gr. 740 AA#2 2.4 gr. 901 max AA#5 3.2 gr. 653 AA#5 3.8 gr. 801 max HP-38/W231 2.4 gr. 707 start HP-38/W231 2.7 gr. 810 max HP-38/W231 2.5 gr. 832 (contributed load) HP-38/W231 2.8 gr. 872 max (contributed load) ---------------------------------------- 90 Grain LEAD Trail Boss 1.5 gr. 599 fps (Start) Trail Boss 2.9 gr. 730 MAX Bullseye 2.0 gr. 715 mild Bullseye 2.2 gr. 744 Bullseye 2.3 gr. 790 Max Universal 2.4 gr. 772 Universal 2.7 gr. 839 max Unique 3.2 gr. 909 hot HP-38/W231 2.1 gr. 742 HP-38/W231 2.4 gr. 828 max W231/HP38 2.7 gr. 809 Private load W231/HP38 3.0 gr. 906 max Private load HOT Titegroup 1.9 gr. 762 start Titegroup 2.1 gr. 813 max ---------------------------------------- 90 Grain JHP Universal 2.6 gr. 672 Universal 2.9 gr. 842 max HP-38/W231 2.3 gr. 681 HP-38/W231 2.6 gr. 762 max Titegroup 2.0 gr. 664 start Titegroup 2.3 gr. 752 max Trail Boss 1.5 gr. 599 (very mild load) Trail Boss 2.9 gr. 730 max ---------------------------------------- 98 Grain LEAD Wadcutter VV N310 1.1 gr. 618 fps (Start) VV N310 1.3 gr. 691 MAX Bullseye 1.9 gr. 765 Bullseye 2.2 gr. 780 Unique 2.2 gr. 730 (very mild) Unique 2.7 gr. 775 Max Universal 1.9 gr. 675 Universal 2.2 gr. 830 max W231 1.9 gr. 735 Max HP38 1.9 gr. 718 HP38 2.3 gr. 860 max AA No. 5 2.7 gr. 750 Max 2400 5.4 gr. 794 Max Titegroup 1.8 gr. 782 start Titegroup 2.0 gr. 865 max ---------------------------------------- 98 Grain LEAD Round Nose or SWC Bullseye 2.1 gr. 702 Bullseye 2.3 gr. 772 max VV N310 1.9 gr. 848 fps (Start) VV N310 2.2 gr. 916 MAX W231 2.4 gr. 765 near Max W231 2.6 gr. 789 max HP38 2.4 gr. 763 Max 2400 5.2 gr. 701 2400 5.6 gr. 809 Max Universal 2.8 gr. 744 Universal 3.0 gr. 788 max Unique 2.5 gr. 664 Unique 2.6 gr. Near factory max Unique +P 3.0 gr. ~900+ hot (Max)(use in strong guns only or ones designed for H&R mag) Winchester Factory .32 Long = 693 fps Hi=825 Lo=688 ES=137 (in 5.5" bbl Ruger .327 Blackhawk) ---------------------------------------- 100 Grain Speer Jacketed Hollow Point Universal 3.0 gr. 694 Max Do Not Reduce Unique 2.5 gr. 570 Unique 2.8 gr. 730 max 2400 5.0 gr. 660 start 2400 5.5 gr. 733 Max W231 2.5 gr. 678 W231 1.9 gr. 635 WAP 3.4 gr. 725 Max AA No. 5 3.8 gr. 675 Max Do Not Reduce Bullseye 2.0 gr. 600 Bullseye 2.3 gr. 715 max W296 6.0 gr. 633 W296 6.5 gr. 735 max ---------------------------------------- 115 Grain Chey-cast RNFP (.313") Unique 3.0 gr. 755 MAX (hot load) Unique 3.0 gr. 795 in 4" bbl revolver, Hi=818, Lo=777, ES=41 Bullseye 2.0 gr. 722 Unique 3.0 gr. 829 Unique 3.1 gr. 922 max W231/HP38 2.5 gr. 715 W231/HP38 2.8 gr. 808 max -----------------------------------------
This is the most common .32 cartridge found today for the majority of revolvers. It is called both the .32 S&W Long AND the .32 Colt New Police. But this round is NOT the same as the .32 Long Colt.

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.

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Power Pistol, Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
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)

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant Powder Co. Reloaders' Guide (1995) - - Hodgdon's Basic Reloaders Manual (1996) - - Speer Reloading Manual, #12 - - Winchester Reloading Components Manual, 14th edition - - Lyman Piston & Revolver Reloading Handbook, 2nd edition. - - VihtaVuori Oy Company,reloading booklet (1995) - - Hodgdon.com website 2008 - - Ramshot on-line .pdf load guide (2010) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted. Hodgdon now owns Winchester and IMR powders (2009)

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