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O.M. marked \"32\",What Caliber?

Hi,"Colt Officer Model 32 +Heavy Barrel+" ,marked barrel.Can any one tell me what caliber this is? ie.32 Colt,32 N.P.,32 short long etc;and is ammo available.O.M. was made about 1941.Is there a way to tell?Regards,Mike
 

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Re: O.M. marked \"32\",What Caliber?

.32S&W long, also Colt NP, same thing. Plenty of ammo is available, as are reloading components, including full wadcutter bullets.

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Re: O.M. marked \"32\",What Caliber?

Hi Bill,It's not marked New Police just 32 Colt.I have a Detective marked 32New Police.There was also a 32 Colt .Long,Short etc.Thats why I'm confused.( a natural state for me)Regards,Mike
 

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Mike--

Your gun is chambered for what we now commonly know as the .32 S&W Long. The .32 Colt New Police is exactly the same cartridge with a different bullet. The .32 S&W (not long, just .32 S&W) is a shorter round developed for old top-breaks. These are also OK to use in your gun, but there's no reason to, since the .32 S&W Long is better, cheaper (because more easily found), more accurate, etc.

You can either buy .32 S&W Long (Federal and Remington make it in round nose configuration), or reload it cheaply. Midway makes a good hard-cast full wadcutter, and Speer makes a swaged one. Semi-wadcutters and round nose bullets can also be had. Brass will be marked S&W Long, not New Police. I don't think ammo or brass with that mark has been made for quite awhile. But again, it's identical.

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Bill

[This message has been edited by Bill A (edited 04-01-2004).]
 
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