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Old September 12, 2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Milder Muzzle Blast

I'm looking for a plinking revolver that has a mild muzzle blast. I've always wanted a 32/20 but thy're hard to find. How does the muzzle blast of a light loaded 32/20 compare to a light loaded 38 special which is much easier to comr by.
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Old September 12, 2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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If you want a mild muzzle blast, almost non-existant, buy a .38 Special and load it with .38 Short Colt cartridges.

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Old September 12, 2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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What about a .32 s&w, I would imagine it would have a low blast
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Old September 12, 2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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You can load a .38 special to a very low velocity and muzzle blast...more so than a 32/20 in my opinion.
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Old September 12, 2013, 08:51 PM   #5
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Get a .357mag with a long barrel and load it with light .38 special loads with fast burning powder. Having the longer sight radius and slightly heavier weight of the longer barrel should help increase accuracy and decrease muzzle rise, allowing for faster follow up shots.
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Old September 12, 2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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Why not a .22 for plinking? You can't get much milder than that or much less expensive. If you reload, light target loads in .38 Special should also be good. .32-20 and .32 S&W Long will cost as much as .38 Special in factory loads and reloads will be only a little less expensive in handloads.

(.38 Short Colt would have no advantage in reloads, and factory ammo is almost unobtainable.)

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Old September 12, 2013, 09:16 PM   #7
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Is price and availability of ammo an issue? Or do you reload?

If you reload (or if money is no object), I'd suggest a S&W Model 30 or 31 in .32 Long. I bought a Model 31 for my wife and she shoots it just fine. I've never convinced her to shoot a .38 Special. The funny thing is that as I've worked up loads for it I've become very fond of the gun myself. It left the factory in late '69 or early '70 and has a beautiful bluing job.

If you don't reload, your best bet is to get a Model 28 (N frame) and put the lightest .38's in it you can find. The .45 Colt round I shot in an X Frame .460 Mag. felt like a .22. A .38 in an N Frame is going to be pretty close.
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