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    .32 Colt long brass--and dies

    I'm wanting to reload .32 Colt long--the one that's the same case dimensions as the ol' .32 rimfire long. Is there a source of new brass? Somewhere I recall hearing it can be made from .25-20. True?

    I'll be needing dies too. Anyone know of a source? I hate haunting e-bay, but...

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    Try Buffalo Arms Co. in Idaho. They have a large selection of odd and unusual dies and cases.
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    I have picked up several boxes of factory 32 Long Colt ammunition in the last three years at gun shows. The most I paid for it was $20.00 a box, most was $15.00. I got several boxes of late production Remington, the bright green and yellow boxes from the early 90's. Winchester and Remington both produced it. Unless it is a long gone label from the 20's it is not particularly collectible. Also the European 320 Long case can be used. I really don't see how 25-20 could be reworked, it is based on a necked down 32-20.
    Buffalo Arms lists a mold. CH4D makes dies.

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    According to Donnelly's Handbook of Cartridge Conversions, there is no case available that can be easily converted to the .32 Colt Long. Best approach would be to try to find factory ammo.

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    Just got advised on another forum that I may be looking for the .25-20 SS. Different case. Still learning.

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    I ran across this. Look down in description for his new brass. Don't know if it's feasible, as the S&W brass is .337 and the Colt long is .313 to .318, but others might chime in on it.

    If you live in a place, like I do, where Colt Long ammo has not shown up at any gun shows, you might want to consider the Colt Short. Not much less bang for the buck and components are out there. New bullets and cases are easy to find and I think you can get dies made.

    32 Long Colt or Short Heel Bullets Ideal 299153 : Reloading Supplies at GunBroker.com
    Last edited by Merwin2; 09-04-2012 at 06:21 AM.

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    Got lucky--really lucky. Someone PMed me about a guy advertising on an auction site that he had .32 S&W Long resized and machined to .32 Colt Long specs. Nice guy. Bought all he had. Dies coming from CH4D. I'm in business! Well, except for heeled bullets. NEI has a mold. That's next, I 'spect.

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    You can check this site for heel based bullets. Gad Custom Reloaded Cartridges and Shell Reloading Services

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merwin2 View Post
    I ran across this. Look down in description for his new brass. Don't know if it's feasible, as the S&W brass is .337 and the Colt long is .313 to .318, but others might chime in on it.

    If you live in a place, like I do, where Colt Long ammo has not shown up at any gun shows, you might want to consider the Colt Short. Not much less bang for the buck and components are out there. New bullets and cases are easy to find and I think you can get dies made.

    32 Long Colt or Short Heel Bullets Ideal 299153 : Reloading Supplies at GunBroker.com
    Duhh!

    32 Long Colt or Short Heel Bullets Ideal 299153 : Reloading Supplies at GunBroker.com[/QUOTE]

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    I've had some e-mail chat with Tom at Accurate Molds about design. He's got a .32 heeled 90grain design that looks promising, but he'll make a totally custom mold for no more than one in his catalog. I'm starting to fantasize about a heeled wadcutter. It'd have a nice wide riding surface. Maybe a hefty internal lube groove. Cast in dead soft lead. After all, I'm looking for a short range accurate load in what was a rimfire rifle. I'm sure having fun and learning more than I have with any of my past projects. But that's easily accomplished.


 

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