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    What Ammunition for Colt Pocket Positive?

    Colt tells me my Colt Pocket Positive takes .32 Long ammo. But I've tried that from at least three different manufacturers, and none of them fit. They're all just a bit too wide to fit into the cylinder. Does anyone know whether there's any current ammunition for this piece?
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    You may be trying .32 S&W Long which is different. The diameter is slightly larger with the S&W Long. .32 Colt Long may be tough to find (I don't know that for a fact). Maybe some vintage suppliers or handholds may be the way to go.
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    I have a Pocket Positive that is marked for 32 Colt. It takes 32 Short Colt and 32 Long Colt ammunition. It will not accept 32 S&W Long or 32 S&W. Also some of the guns were marked 32 D.A.; they are also 32 Colt L&S. It is confusing at first.
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    Barrel will be marked for specific chambering (hopefully still). See below advertisement from 1909.

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    My Police Positive (marked "32 Police Ctg") takes 32 S&W long very happily, plus the wadcutter versions. The main difference, as I understand it, between the Colt and the S&W is the length of the boolit involved (VERY dubious claims about stopping power between them) but the cases are essentially identical.

    Have you cleaned the cylinder to within an inch of its life? Yeah - silly question - but it's like asking "Did you plug the computer in?" before fault-finding.
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    And now I notice my post was redundant, so to atone I'll offer this link to 32 Colt Long ammo.

    https://www.buffaloarms.com/32-long-...-amo32longcolt
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    Here's a .32 S&W Long flanked by a .32 S&W (left) and .32 Long Colt (right).


    Years ago I brought home a little Colt New Pocket from the Dallas Market Hall gun show thinking I could shoot it with supplies of .32 S&W Long on hand. The New Pocket's slightly smaller camber diameter required hunting down correct ammunition in order to shoot it. I had never realized that there was any difference before that.

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    Mine shoots the .32 S&W Long cartridge. It is, I believe, the same as the .32 Colt New Police (NP). My barrel is marked ".32 Police Cartridge" This is not the same as the .32 Long Colt. How is your barrel marked?

    Here is mine:

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    If you really want to shoot this a lot, the simplest thing to do is have the chambers reamed to accept .32 S&W Long. Not a big deal, matter of thousands”.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroProof View Post
    If you really want to shoot this a lot, the simplest thing to do is have the chambers reamed to accept .32 S&W Long. Not a big deal, matter of thousands”.
    No snark involved, just my stupid sense of humor, but did you means thousands of $$, or thousandths of inches?
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