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    Yes, I had it professionally serviced. 32 S&W just won't fit. Mine is not marked "32 Police Ctg" though. It's marked COLT D.A. 32.
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    Barrel Marking

    Thanks for this, Les.b! Mine says COLT D.A. 32
    Does that help identify the correct cartridge?
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    Thanks, MMCSRET — that's mine — the 32 DA. My local range and repair facility doesn't carry the Colt ammunition. Is it widely available?
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    A gun that's marked D.A. 32, is chambered for .32 Colt Long or .32 Colt Short. It is a smaller diameter than the .32 S&W/New Police. Winchester was making .32 Colt short, but might not anymore.
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    The 32 short and long Colt cartridges were centerfire adaptations of the old 32 short and long rimfires. The earliest versions used a "heeled" type bullet with external lubrication grooves. In fact, some of the single shot breech loading rifles could shoot either the rimfires or the center fires just by changing the firing pin. The same applies to some of the early Marlin lever action rifles in 32 caliber. A bit later, Smith and Wesson brought out the 32 S&W short and long cartridges using a slightly larger diameter case and bullet. Since Colt did not want to put the S&W name on their revolvers, Colt came out with the 32 Colt Police cartridge. It was the same diameter as the S&W cartridge but used a flat nose bullet instead of a round nose bullet like the Smith. From the end of the Civil War thru about 1930 the cartridge design and naming conventions could be really confusing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by btreloar View Post
    Thanks, MMCSRET — that's mine — the 32 DA. My local range and repair facility doesn't carry the Colt ammunition. Is it widely available?
    Nope, 32 Colt short and long ammo is quite scarce. You will have to pay collector prices for it, usually $2.00-3.00 per round (or more!).
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    32 Colt is also interchangeable with .320 revolver ammo that thrived in Europe about a hundred years ago. The "Webley Pocket" was almost always chambered for the .320 but they also offered it in their catalog as an alternative "regulated for the 32 S&W cartridge".
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    If you don't mind reloading you can get a kit from France here:

    32 long colt, 32 long webley, 32 long CF, 32 long Tranter

    Not cheap but you'd be lucky to find a box of them at your LGS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by area51guy View Post
    Nope, 32 Colt short and long ammo is quite scarce. You will have to pay collector prices for it, usually $2.00-3.00 per round (or more!).
    Less than a buck a bang if you follow the link in post #6 - and it's in stock, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BakersDozen View Post
    Less than a buck a bang if you follow the link in post #6 - and it's in stock, too.
    Hmmm.......... 50 for $91.00! Seems to me that would be almost $2.00 per round! If I remember my math correctly, $1.82 > $1.00! The bottom line is that this stuff ain't cheap and you generally have to go looking for it. The last regular production of .32 Long Colt stopped back in the 1930s. I think I got $150 for the last full box that I sold recently.
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