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Old October 21, 2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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.32 S&W Long OAL???

I'm in the seating stage of reloading .32 S&W Long. Bullets are Hornady 71 gr. .311 FMJ/RN. My Lyman book can only get close to OAL with a 77 gr. bullet and it states 1.115
My Accuload Program states 1.280 OAL.
At 1.140 the seated bullet is more that 50% inside the case and just looks way to deep. This is the deepest I've gone so far. Using the Accuload stats, the bullet seems barely in the case at 1.250

Any help or comments in bullet depth. Additional information: Using Unique and will try some SR-4756, bullets and powder is what I have on hand at the moment. Heavier (longer)bullets are on order.
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Old October 21, 2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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I did not write down an OAL for my 32 S&W Long. I must have seated the bullets to the crimp groove. I purchased commercial cast bullets, loaded them to the crimp, shot them over a chronograph, and that was pretty much it.

I found Bullseye an excellent powder in the 32 S&W Long. I tested Unique with 100 grain bullets (advertized as 98 grains) and it shot well. .

S&W No. 3 Handejector 3.25" barrel 		
78 LRN .312" 2.0 grs Bullseye CCI 500 Aguila brass			
22-Jul-05	T = 96 °F						
Ave Vel =	647.9						
Std Dev =	30.91					
ES =	131.8						
High =	711				 		
Low =	579.2				 		
N =	18	
Elevation good, group left	
78 LRN .312" 2.5 grs Bullseye CCI 500 Aguila brass			
22-Jul-05	T = 96 °F						
Ave Vel =	823.6						
Std Dev =	32.43			 		
ES =	155.5				 		
High =	926.2				 		
Low =	770.6				 		
N =	25				 		
no leading, shoots 1-2" low, accurate			
78 LRN .312" 3.0 grs Bullseye CCI 500 Aguila brass			
22-Jul-05	T = 96 °F						
Ave Vel =	942						
Std Dev =	24.67				 		
ES =	116.8			 		
High =	1018			 		
Low =	901.4				 		
N =	30				 		

no leading, all shots ,9 O'C to 7O'C, centered low and left

100 gr LBBFP .313"  2.9 grs Unique SS Brass WSP		
19-Mar-06	T = 51 °F						
Ave Vel =	717.4					
Std Dev =	42.33			 		
ES =	144				 		
High =	789.3				 		
Low =	645.3				 		
N =	18
Elevation good 
Windage good
Mild recoil
If I'm not shooting, I'm reloading.
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Old October 21, 2011, 08:50 PM   #3
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Appreicate the reply. I've been searching the web, reading reloading books and have found nothing. Only thing I know to do is seat at 1.210 this is over the least depth and not over the max. My bullets do not have a crimp groove for a guide.
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Old October 22, 2011, 12:00 AM   #4
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With the 71 gr FMJs, you're just going to have to guess.

Try to get as much tension as possible, but there's no point in seating past the ogive (unless you want to roll crimp in front of the ogive).
Don't even try it. It's even worse than the internet would lead you to believe.
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