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Old April 23, 2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Shooting the .32 rimfire Smith & Wesson

Some time ago I got an Smith & Wesson Model 1 1/2 Second Issue as a gift. It's made in 1869 or 1870 and in good shooting condition. As I only have five original .32 rimfire long cartridges I purchased new brass from H & C Collection in France (Dixie has brass too). The cases utilize .22 starting pistol blanks as primers and the flash hole is bored off center and thus allows the hammer to hit the rim. The heel base bullets are also from H & C and were cast from an old Hensley & Gibbs mould.

But I need a mould for it. Can anyone recommend a bullet mold for the .32 rimfire that will work without altering it?

Here's a video I put together during the first test of the revolver:

The cartridges were loaded with 8 grains of Swiss No. 2 which is maximum. The .22 blank adds quite a bit of power, so it's probably a good idea to use .22 CB (6mm Flobert) as primers instead.

Here are some pictures of the revolver and the ammo:

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Old April 23, 2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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Old April 23, 2013, 02:34 PM   #3
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Thats awesome man, thanks for posting!
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Old April 23, 2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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Was it easy to find the primers for that 32,, Or are they called blanks ?? Just wondering ; )
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Old April 23, 2013, 03:14 PM   #5
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Any heeled bullet made for the .32 Colt will work.

Here is another article on what another shooter did:

I have a couple of moulds for a .38 short colt from this feller, and I know he makes heeled bullets for .32's and .38's:
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Old April 23, 2013, 08:20 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old April 24, 2013, 04:19 AM   #7
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The primers are starting pistol blanks and are readily available here in Norway, at least. And thanks for the suggestion about Old West Bullet Moulds – I'll check it out
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Old April 24, 2013, 08:16 PM   #8
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Leftover ammo from my (now sold) S&W 1866 "Old Army":

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