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A "pro gun control" friend recently asked me to dispose of an unwanted handgun she has owned for years. It turned out to be a 30-year-old H&R 732 .32 S&WL, in-the-box, never fired, no rust but stiff. Also included was a box of 50 Winchester LRN. After a good cleaning/lube the revolver is now in showcase shape.

Not being a fan of LRN for the barrel residue they usually leave (and not trusting the donated ammo), ordered some Fiocchi and S&B wadcutters which will be (due to the scarcity) not arriving for another four weeks. Have never used wadcutters before, so don't know what to expect, but anything has to be better than LRNs.

So, in this very solid steel revolver, swing-out cylinder, revolver am considering firing some Silvertip ACPs through it while waiting for the wadcutters to arrive. Have researched all over the Internet about firing ACPs in S&W Long revolvers (especially H&R 732s) and the majority feeling is that the solid steel swing-out revolvers can handle the extra pressure okay. Saying that's true, am I better off staying with the softer Silvertips than FMJs, or does it really matter? OR... am I better off just waiting the month until the wadcutters are delivered? Part of me says I'm being much too anxious to try out the adopted outcast revolver, and part of me says I'm being too over-conservative to avoid using some ACPs which are in the locker. All opinions appreciated.
 

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I would fire those Winchesters in a heartbeat. If you dont want them I am sure someone around here does (like me)
 

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The LRN style of bullet is the traditional style for the 32 Long, it is perfect for target and small game. I cast, load and shoot many thousands of them every year. I shoot them in H&R, Smiff, Colt Charter Arms and Taurus. You can't go wrong with them as a general use load. Have fun and save the cases, if you don't hand load, many of us do.
 

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wish I had a friend give me a gun for free. but as she was a pro gun control at least she gave it to you instead of giving it to the police or buy back
 

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I would not do that. I'm not pounding the table about it, but I wouldn't do it. Not with an H&R.

The .32 ACP has almost the same maximum pressure as the .32 H&R Magnum. 20,500 vs 21,000 respectively. The .32 S&W Long is 15,000. So this makes me wonder if anybody who believes this is OK, then is it also OK to load to .32 H&R Magnum pressures?

I don't know if H&R changed their steel when they came out with the .32 H&R Magnum.
 

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Dang, wish I knew a few anti-gunners like that. Yeah, I'd "dispose" of their unwanted firearms. :rolleyes:

But, this is Texas and I ain't in Austin.
 

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Ohhh - pictures, please!!!;)
 

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Here's a couple photos of the adopted orphan.


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I would not fire the acp's in it, they way be okay a few times or 100 times or more, the gun was not designed for those pressures and could easily develpe problems over time. I would stay on the safe side and fire the S&W Longs.
 
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Here's a couple photos of the adopted orphan.


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Sweeet. Brings back memories. In the later part of the 70's I worked in a sort of country hardware/sporting goods store. We sold a ton of those. In .32 and .22. With the swing out cylinder and the ones you had to pull the pin on. I always liked the nickle ones, they were sort of a matte nickle. And the 4" .22's were very popular as inexpensive plinkers.

As I recall that sold for $69 in 1976.
 

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A "pro gun control" friend recently asked me to dispose of an unwanted handgun she has owned for years. It turned out to be a 30-year-old H&R 732 .32 S&WL, in-the-box, never fired, no rust but stiff. Also included was a box of 50 Winchester LRN. After a good cleaning/lube the revolver is now in showcase shape.

Not being a fan of LRN for the barrel residue they usually leave (and not trusting the donated ammo), ordered some Fiocchi and S&B wadcutters which will be (due to the scarcity) not arriving for another four weeks. Have never used wadcutters before, so don't know what to expect, but anything has to be better than LRNs.

So, in this very solid steel revolver, swing-out cylinder, revolver am considering firing some Silvertip ACPs through it while waiting for the wadcutters to arrive. Have researched all over the Internet about firing ACPs in S&W Long revolvers (especially H&R 732s) and the majority feeling is that the solid steel swing-out revolvers can handle the extra pressure okay. Saying that's true, am I better off staying with the softer Silvertips than FMJs, or does it really matter? OR... am I better off just waiting the month until the wadcutters are delivered? Part of me says I'm being much too anxious to try out the adopted outcast revolver, and part of me says I'm being too over-conservative to avoid using some ACPs which are in the locker. All opinions appreciated.
Oh, and I meant to mention, the wadcutters are lead too... really this screams for reloads with cast bullets.
 

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Oh, and I meant to mention, the wadcutters are lead too... really this screams for reloads with cast bullets.
Perhaps this new addition to the locker may get me to try reloading. It's never too late to learn something new.
 

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Nice Gun. I have the 32 H&R magnum. I would fire the 32 Acp in it but I don't think I'd try it in the 32 S&W Long. Fun guns tho. I cast and reload the 32 longs and shoot a ton of them. Very accurate for a 3" handgun.
 

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Don't be afraid to shoot LRN, they were designed for it and usually shoot just fine. Leading shouldn't be a problem and if it does lead up a little, it's easy to clean out.
 

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The S&W .32 long is an extremely accurate and fun to reload cartridge. :thumb:

Since you won't be shooting an extremely high volume of ammo I'd suggest starting off with a "Lee Loader".

It's a cheap investment ($30) and will give you an idea what this cartridge and gun combo is capable of.
 

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Congratulations on your new firearm.
 

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I have that gun. Bought it around 1970 from a guy for $35 who's dad just went to prison for killing another man. Was this gun involved? Don't know, but it was a hush deal.
Never shot 32 acp in it, but have had several say they had in theirs.
Mine still looks new. It is an easy shooter.
 
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