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Fed Personal Defense 32 S&W Long ammo any better?

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I have a link from Able's quoting that Federal Personal Defense 32 S&W Long ammo clocks the standard lead RN bullet at 780 fps at the muzzle and 130 ft lbs at the muzzle.

Federal Personal Defense Ammunition C32LB, 32 S&W Long, Lead Round Nose, 98 GR, 780 fps, 20 Rd/bx - Able Ammo

Compared to the standard Remington and Winchester loads (705 fps and 115 ft lbs) there is an increase of 75 fps and 15 ft lbs with the Federal round.

I am wondering if it's worth buying a few boxes? They are sold in 20 rd. packs that actually come out at the same cost or a little cheaper as half a box of 50 Remingtons or Winchesters. The increase in muzzle velocity is greater than the increase in ft lbs using the Federal round. I wish it were the other way around.
I like any increase in cartidge efficiency but I'm not convinced that the increases are enough to bother with buying some of this.

If I reloaded I could probably get a better performing 32 Long round without damaging the D frame, but that's not in the cards.
I also would not consider having the Colt DS converted to 32 mag! I definitely want to keep it as I received it. Colt didn't make a lot of DSs in 32 Colt NP. So it's kind of a scarce variation.

My thoughts are basically to keep this DS as an interesting early 50s Ds to shoot at the range ocassionally. I have no plans to use it for self defense or carry, but I am always considering alternatives.

What say you, gents and ladies?
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I ordered two boxes of the S&B 100gr. .32 S&W Long from Cheaper Than Dirt. This was the ammo that was advertised as 886 FPS at the muzzle and 174 ft lbs. at the muzzle. The boxes are also marked as NP, which I found interesting. This cartridge will have the flattened ogive of original .32 Colt New Police cartridges, as a small nostalgic plus.

I called a local friend who has a chrono. We are going to clock this ammo sometime this fall to see if the velocity claims are accurate. I don't know how ft lbs of energy are determined and how we could measure that.
Malysh, Kinetic Energy= 1/2 mvsquared. so you can take the velocity amd multiply it by itself and multiply by the mass of the bullet and take 1/2 of that and that should give you the energy. You have to watch your units and make sure you convert grains of bullet weight to pounds if you want ft-lbs. of energy. Thanks for the comprehensive list of available 32 S&W factory loads.
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