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Old June 20, 2000, 03:34 AM   #1
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Is anyone reloading for the .32 S&W Wadcutter used in Hammerli and Walther target pistols?

Could you make some recommendations on components?

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Old June 20, 2000, 09:46 AM   #2
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: Hollow based 98 gn wadcutter bullet
: Lapua brass
: 'Bullseye' powder
: 650 fps - 780 fps
: START @ 1.6 gns - MAX @ 2.0 gns (1.8 gns optimum)
: Federal Primers (Sm Pistol)

Seat the bullet flush with the case mouth, and apply a light roll crimp.
I must offer a caution on ANY loads over 2.0 gns with the hollow base wadcutters - barrel damage could occur from lead skirt separation.
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Old June 20, 2000, 06:19 PM   #3
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Citizen X,
Thanks for the input. I saw a variety of bullets in the Champion's Choice catalog and was unsure of what might be best. I guess I will sample them all.

I figured Lapua brass would be my best bet there.

Have you tried other powders at all?

Have the Federal primers proven best for you?

Thanks
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Old June 21, 2000, 02:22 PM   #4
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I have had good luck with the Silver Bullet brand of DBWC on my S&W mod 31 and Nagant revolver.
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Old June 21, 2000, 11:51 PM   #5
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I have and use, a Hammerli 280 (.32 S&W Long), and have found Alliant Powder's Bullseye to be the best powder for my pistol in target competition.

Another powder choice would be Winchester 231 (closest in weight).

For W231 : Start @ 1.5 gns - and go up from there in 1/10 gn increments, until you reach the best load for accuracy and function in your target pistol. (still 2.0 gn W231 MAX)

Federal Primers are the most sensitive, and provide extremely reliable ignition in my (or any) target pistols, and revolvers.

Another choice could be Winchester Small Pistol Primers (Gold -improved sensitivity to try and match Federal Primers).

Don't use CCI Primers (too hard).

Hope this helps.
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Old June 22, 2000, 06:59 PM   #6
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Thanks,
It will be for a Walther GSP. Should I taper crimp?
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Old June 23, 2000, 09:06 AM   #7
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Light roll crimp, after seating the bullet flush with the case mouth.
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Old June 23, 2000, 03:14 PM   #8
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Citizen X,
Thanks for the info and advice. I am preparing to purchase the Walther and want to get ready for loading.
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Old July 5, 2000, 09:51 PM   #9
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I have been loading 32 S&W with bullets pulled from FN 32acp surplus from AIM. This is actually a good bullet and a cheap way to get it.

I have been using AA#5 powder and I am very happy with how the powder works up in this cartridge shape.
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