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Hello Colt lovers,

As stated by my presentation, I have a colt 1895 in 32-20.

Here in France, this is rather difficult to find ammo for this caliber.

Before starting reloading (after careful read of basic litterature and initiation with reloading experienced colleagues), I would like to shoot the only available manufactured cartridge: the one from Black Hills.

Is this ammunition safe im my 1895 revolver ?

Thanks for your inputs.

Gilles
 

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I am sure it would be fine...

.32-20 Revolvers had a lot of stout for the diameter of the Cartridge, and the Black Hills "Cowboy" Cartridges are on the mild side.

I started loading .32-20 with Black Power a while ago...I duplicated the original BP Loading grain wise, useing 3 F Swiss Powder, and, pure Lead 120 Grain Bullets.

Have not been out to a Range to try them out yet!

But, I expect you would be quite happy loading your own.

Can you get Black Powder over there in France alright? Primers? Brass?

Bullet Molds for .32-20 are easy to find here in the US....check ebay France, might be some in the offing there!

Try and go with "IDEAL" or "LYMAN" Bullet Molds.

I just did a fast look see, to ebay France, and, looks like they have decent stuff for reloading.

I see some old "Lyman Tru Line Junior" Presses, which is what I use.

I can go from empty shells, de-prime, prime, charge, and on from there and do a Box of "Fifty" in about 45 Minutes.

If I did it more often I am sure I would be faster....but, it is fun, easy and very satisfying, so...
 

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Hi Oyeboten and thanks for your early reply.
Reloading elements are available here. (no issue with black powder or primers)
However with a very limited choice for shells and bullets.
Molding would be the solution.
 

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Simple answer, yes.

Black Hills lists the velocity at 800 fps. Quite mild. They use Starline brass which is very high quality and has been stated by such noted writers as Brian Pierce to lower pressures.

As long as your firearm is in reasonable condition I see no issues.

Take care, Duane
 

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Thanks, Duane.
Clear answer and in addition valuable information as Starline is almost the only brand offering 32-20 shells.
Have a nice time !
 
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