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Old August 20, 2011, 02:35 PM   #1
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Which 32cal short s&w Ammo?

I'm getting a mechanically excellent S&W 32, Model 3, 1-1/2 (top break). What ammo out there is safe to shoot? I'll eventually load my own with bp, but I want to "knock the new off it", ASAP. Thanks
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Old August 20, 2011, 04:03 PM   #2
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The model 3 was 32-44. Good luck on finding ammo for it. Nothing else will work.
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Old August 20, 2011, 05:04 PM   #3
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I think he probably means No 1 1/2, Third Model (basically the old equiv of today's dash number engineering changes).

Those would be .32 S&W.
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Old August 20, 2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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I think he probably means No 1 1/2, Third Model (basically the old equiv of today's dash number engineering changes).
OK that'll work.
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Old August 20, 2011, 07:37 PM   #5
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Sorry about the confusion, didn't mean to write it in code, here's the auction I got it on
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=245908658
So what type of ammo will work???

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Old August 20, 2011, 08:02 PM   #6
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Ok, that's going to be 32-20. Ammo is available for it. Not exactly cheap tho and not available at Wal Mart.
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Old August 20, 2011, 08:07 PM   #7
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Definitely not cheap. Just fired our 3rd model Iver Johnson that uses .32 short. It's a top break hammerless.
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Old August 20, 2011, 08:32 PM   #8
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Nice addition. Looks great. When was it made?
I backed out of a .32 rifle a few years ago because I heard the rounds were $3 - $5 each, but reloading would take care of that.
Did you happen to see this one?
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=246814656
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Old August 20, 2011, 09:30 PM   #9
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Pick up the current issue of Guns of the Old West. There's a great article in it on the S&W 1 1/2.
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Old August 21, 2011, 10:05 AM   #10
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Pohill, yep, saw it. I'd like to get the innerds but not for that price, I basically need all the screws. Here's another 1 1/2 to drool over.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=247014643
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Old August 21, 2011, 03:56 PM   #11
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What model S&W did Hickok carry? I know he's known for the Colt .36 Navy but I'm pretty sure he carried a S&W.

This might answer my question - I'll watch it again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sKLxCRc_Z4
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Old August 21, 2011, 04:30 PM   #12
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All I've ever seen mentioned was a .32. Didn't say what flavor. Maybe somebody else knows.
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Old August 22, 2011, 10:38 AM   #13
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I remember reading that Hickok was armed with only a S&W No. 2 "Old Army" .32 rimfire when he was killed in Deadwood. They were produced in the 1860s to early '70s and were popular during the Civil War.
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Old August 22, 2011, 03:29 PM   #14
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for ye of non reloading status...

http://www.buffaloarms.com/.22_.35_C....aspx?CAT=4445

BTW... love the guns that the OP posted I have several in barrel length, from 2" - 5"
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Old August 22, 2011, 03:30 PM   #15
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so sltm1... were you able to get anything from them ???
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Old August 23, 2011, 10:35 AM   #16
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I got in touch with Buffalo Arms this morning and had a nice chat with one of the folks up there. A S&W topbreak in good condition CAN shoot smokeless loads...although not recommended. It's gotta be 32 s&w sized cartridges specifically, made by both Magtech and Remington. The hazmat fee is through the roof, so he suggested I call Bi-Mart or Wal-Mart and have it ordered. I'm going to reload with bp eventually so I might just hold off on buying, "taylor-made", ammo amd invest in dies, shell's and slugs instead.......got plenty of fffg Goex on hand.
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