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Old November 30, 2002, 12:28 PM   #1
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Who loads for .32-20?

New toy on the way, an S&W Model of 1905 Hand Ejector.

Now I have to load for it!

Anyone load for an S&W .32-20?

I want to keep the loads pretty tame, as this isn't a TC Contender.
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Old November 30, 2002, 02:25 PM   #2
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I do for one,

For use in my HARTFORD SAA 7/1/2";
32/20:
115gr LFN
4.0gr hp38
or
4.0gr 231
or
5.0gr UNIQUE
or
5.5gr UNIVERSAL
8.5GR OF LIL GUN
Have used CCI 500 primers in all my 32/20 loads. The STARLINE brass is far and away yhe best there is available.
All of these loads have shot very well in my 32/20 levergun also.
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Old November 30, 2002, 03:36 PM   #3
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Mike - On a whim I checked the Laser-Cast Reloading Manual for .32-20 and they do have some handgun loads for it. They pretty much follow what Wil listed with the exception of Universal Clays. Their load for that powder was considerably lower, not sure why. Here is the listed data:
Code:
Laser-Cast 115 gr. FP
OAL = 1.545 for all
Test gun was Colt 5 1/2"

Powder               Start Gr.        Never Exceed          Max FPS
--------------       ----------       -----------------     -----------
231                     3.5                  4.0             840
Titegroup               2.7                  3.0             860
Universal               3.0                  3.2             875
Green Dot               4.0                  4.5             935
Red Dot                 3.6                  4.1             950
Unique                  5.0                  5.4            1051
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Old November 30, 2002, 05:20 PM   #4
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Thank ye, Gentlemen. I'm in Pennsylvania and away from my loading manuals.

I know the .32-20 has gotten a new lease on life and it's popping back up in the reloading manuals.

This should be a lot of fun.

Wil, what kind of dies do you use?

Do they make carbide dies for the .32-20, or does it have too much taper?
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Old December 1, 2002, 12:15 PM   #5
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Mike, "Handloader" magazine

for December 2002 has a whole article on .32-20 for handguns. I looked it over, looks good.

My only .32-20 is a Savage rifle. Not much help there.
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Old December 1, 2002, 05:33 PM   #6
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That's funny, Archie!

I've got a Savage Model 23B in .25-20!

As for Handloader, I don't take it.

I should, but I don't...
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Old December 3, 2002, 12:06 AM   #7
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Mike, I use two sets of RCBS dies. the first is as set of

old style dies that work perfectly. The second is a set of RCBS COWBOY dies that have been a pain in the koester as they will not crimp at all. I would recommend your buying a LEE FACTORY CRIMP DIE before you load your first round. These LEE dies are pefect for crimping all the older pistol cartridges ie: 32/20, 38/40, 44/40 etc.
There are no carbide dies available in 32/20 but it's no big deal. The 32/20 case is so thin it's easy to size without lube, but I do recommend the HORNADY spray lube which is a wax that easily comes off after loading with a quick tumble for a few minutes in your vibrator with some alcohol in the media.
The 32/20 is a 30caliber reloadable 22MAGNUM, as it were...
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