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OK, with a bit of time on my hands i've started down a rabbit hole and I am looking for some input. Full disclosure, i'm waiting on a few friends here to offer insight but thought i'd throw it out also to the general public here.

Anyone loading 32 smith & wesson short? If so, what components are you using? I've found a few recipes in my manual but it is a fairly old manual. I've got a good stock of 32 cal bullets in 78 gr RN cast poly coated, 95 gr RNFP cast poly coated, 98 gr DEWC cast poly coated, 71 gr RN plated, 85 gr JHP and 85 gr JHP XTP.

The gun is my LCR327, looking to do some light plinking, nothing major.

Any and all insight would be appreciated.
 

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This may help some:

Reload Ammo | Founded By M.D. Smith in 1996


And of course a little history:

Guns chambered in .32 S&W have been used in at least three notable assassinations:
 

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First off , I enjoy ALL things 32 and applaud the thought but,,,,,,,,,.
Personally, I might drop back to 32 long but not 32 short . They are just too short to shoot in that cyl.,,,,, if you have a choice . Sure it can be done but you are talking a monster long crud ring to clean up for no real benefit . And I HATE crud rings.
32 long , 32 mag and even 327 can all be slowed way down if plinkers are sought .Look for fast to medium powders that are not position sensitive . Think CFE , Titegroup or even Unique or Bullseye.

If you want to think and experiment outside the box you can deep seat bullets in longer brass if your sizing die leaves tight neck tension.
Find a slow 32long load and deep seat the bullet in a 32 mag or 327 brass to where the over all length to the bullet tip is the same . Internal volume is what determines pressure.
Some times that is all the way inside the brass and you may need to modify a seating stem to fit in there.
No crimp needed in such a low recoiler.
This is also a great way to shoot 44 spl loads in a 44mag or 38 spl. loads in a 357.
Of course start low and work up.
Your bullet choices really leave only two. The 71 gr. plated. and the 78 gr rn.
At these speeds the pricy JHP bullets will not expand and you need more power to move the heavier bullets.
Try to find some of the hollowbased wadcutters bullseye shooters use.
 

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First off , I enjoy ALL things 32 and applaud the thought but,,,,,,,,,.
Personally, I might drop back to 32 long but not 32 short . They are just too short to shoot in that cyl.,,,,, if you have a choice . Sure it can be done but you are talking a monster long crud ring to clean up for no real benefit . And I HATE crud rings.
32 long , 32 mag and even 327 can all be slowed way down if plinkers are sought .Look for fast to medium powders that are not position sensitive . Think CFE , Titegroup or even Unique or Bullseye.

If you want to think and experiment outside the box you can deep seat bullets in longer brass if your sizing die leaves tight neck tension.
Find a slow 32long load and deep seat the bullet in a 32 mag or 327 brass to where the over all length to the bullet tip is the same . Internal volume is what determines pressure.
Some times that is all the way inside the brass and you may need to modify a seating stem to fit in there.
No crimp needed in such a low recoiler.
This is also a great way to shoot 44 spl loads in a 44mag or 38 spl. loads in a 357.
Of course start low and work up.
Your bullet choices really leave only two. The 71 gr. plated. and the 78 gr rn.
At these speeds the pricy JHP bullets will not expand and you need more power to move the heavier bullets.
Try to find some of the hollowbased wadcutters bullseye shooters use.
I already do 32 SWL, 327 FM and 32 H&R Mag ... with a lot of success. I was just thinking of something to try and experiment with.
 

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Well, I just got pulled out of the rabbit hole ... the brass sold to someone else ... oh well ...
 

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That is one I have not reloaded................
 

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Good to see interest in 32’s. I just picked up a 327 Henry myself, 200x 327 brass, 300x 32 H&R brass and 500x 100gr XTPs. Waiting on dies. I’m going to enjoy these little guys.
 

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Good to see interest in 32’s. I just picked up a 327 Henry myself, 200x 327 brass, 300x 32 H&R brass and 500x 100gr XTPs. Waiting on dies. I’m going to enjoy these little guys.
a bucket gun of mine is a 327 Henry. I have a good variety of bullets that i use in my Single Seven. Congrats on the Henry ...
 

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a bucket gun of mine is a 327 Henry. I have a good variety of bullets that i use in my Single Seven. Congrats on the Henry ...
I started collecting the Big Boy Classic Brass and the Golden Boys a little over 2 years ago. All of them are the 20” barrel, small loop series. 9 in total. Bought the 45 Colt and 41 magnum last week. The 327 was the last one of that series I needed. All 3 of them just popped up available all of a sudden. I just need the 17 HMR to complete the Golden Boys.

Unfortunately, the 45 colt I ordered was a large loop. The picture and description belonged to the classic. The model # in the listing was the large loop. I didn’t catch it. I can swap the loop on it but the one they sent me was serial #0021 and the large loop is coded in the serial #. Dont know if I want to mess with a serial # that low. Whatever the case, that big loop doesn’t match the other 7.
 

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I started collecting the Big Boy Classic Brass and the Golden Boys a little over 2 years ago. All of them are the 20” barrel, small loop series. 9 in total. Bought the 45 Colt and 41 magnum last week. The 327 was the last one of that series I needed. All 3 of them just popped up available all of a sudden. I just need the 17 HMR to complete the Golden Boys.

Unfortunately, the 45 colt I ordered was a large loop. The picture and description belonged to the classic. The model # in the listing was the large loop. I didn’t catch it. I can swap the loop on it but the one they sent me was serial #0021 and the large loop is coded in the serial #. Dont know if I want to mess with a serial # that low. Whatever the case, that big loop doesn’t match the other 7.
where did you find the 327?

where is the pic?
 

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Well, I just got pulled out of the rabbit hole ... the brass sold to someone else ... oh well ...
Good move . I keep a small stash of the stuff around for old breaktop H&Rs and whatnot . But it really has no use in a chamber that long when the longer cartridges will download so easily.

Silly me story on the Henry 327 rifles. Being a 32oholic I bought the first Henery 327 I laid hands on . Steel big boy rifle . I then decided the carbine would be way more nimble and lighter ,,,,,
but they all seemed to have dried up and disappeared from the local scene. So I had mine and fretted a little that it was fine but overly bulky for the cartridge.
Fast forward a couple of years and Bingo , there was a carbine on a used rack at the LGS. Lickety split it was mine and home I ran to compare how much better it felt.
Hmmmm, with guns in hand very LITTLE felt difference . Hmmmm again. Only a couple of inches ,,,,, .
I've come to the conclusion it's the big loop that just makes it LOOK much more compact .
O well live and learn . Still have not shot side by side to see if any difference and I have the joy of one with a Red Dot and one with a scope ,,,,,,,, so that's a plus.
 

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I started collecting the Big Boy Classic Brass and the Golden Boys a little over 2 years ago. All of them are the 20” barrel, small loop series. 9 in total. Bought the 45 Colt and 41 magnum last week. The 327 was the last one of that series I needed. All 3 of them just popped up available all of a sudden. I just need the 17 HMR to complete the Golden Boys.

Unfortunately, the 45 colt I ordered was a large loop. The picture and description belonged to the classic. The model # in the listing was the large loop. I didn’t catch it. I can swap the loop on it but the one they sent me was serial #0021 and the large loop is coded in the serial #. Dont know if I want to mess with a serial # that low. Whatever the case, that big loop doesn’t match the other 7.
Just swap the lever for the one you want and keep the large one incase you ever trade it, and swap it back. I prefer the larger levers (mainly for gloves and cold weather), they fit my bare hand better. Henry is one of the few I never had to fine tune. ALL smooth right out of the box.

Got bit by the Henry Lever Bug years ago. I like the Golden Boys too, but have other models (in 44 mag) and some engraved Henrys in my collection. Kids got me a Fathers Day (22) Edition that's really nice. All our kids have Henrys (22s) along with the Grandkids. Kids and Grandkids are all engraved with their name, birthday and year born in my safe. Got a couple extra just incase of any new surprises, (glad I did before the covid hit). They'll (Grandkids), will get theirs transferred over to them when they are old enough and can take home, but kept and shot here for the time being.

Local LGS is an old otherized Henry Dealer and old friend.
 

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Glad someone picked up the reference ... 🤣😉
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