Years ago when I got my first M-95 Nagant Revolver for like $49.99, I wanted to buy a .32acp repalcement cylinder but they had dried up, and THEN learned what a pain they can be to fit, for every one that "dropped" in 3 more guys wrecked their's fitting it, so I'm glad I didn't waste the money.
But years ago guys told of what they shot through theirs in lieu of shooting expensive Nagant ammo, and a few, VERY few said they shot .32 HR Mag through theirs but I always thought that was pushing it.
AND I happened across some cheap Aquila RNL.32 S&W Long for like $8.95/50, so bought a box and it works fine for plinking, cases bulge a little, might BE RELOADABLE, the cases back out of the chambers SLIGHTLY so makes the cylinder rotate just a little harder on DA, but who shoots these DA anyway?
Accuracy is like 10 inches at 10 yds, but a HELLUVA lot cheaper than $35 or more Nagant ammo. Since then I have picked up maybe 3 more boxes of it at shows, usually on tables with mixed ammo that I pick up cheap, always less than $10/50 but it is getting harder to find.
One of the "problems" I had heard about with the replacement .32acp cylinders was with FMJ acp bullets "jumping" the gap from the end of the cartridge to the barrel, the chamber end of the barrel would crack, since there was no "forcing cone" like other revolvers since the Nagant casing actually fits INTO the barrel on firing. I just inspected mine this morning again and there is no wear, cracks, or surprisingly, much leading from the 50 or so .32 S&W Long 100gr RNL bullets I've fired since I cleaned it last. I think I am OK if I stick to lead bullets for it.
I still have maybe half a box of the surplus nagant target wadcutters that are about as powerful as a .22lr, but even that is hard to find now. I kind of expected a flood of cheap combloc Nagant ammo to hit us by now like the 7.62x25 has, but it hasn't developed yet.
But yesterday in a "Backwoodsman" magazine there was a guy writing about "alternative' ammo and he wrote that he shoots .32 HR Mag through his Nagant regularly, and even reloads it for it.
I have always intended to buy a couple of boxes of Nagant factory boxer ammo and then dies and start reloading for it, but never got around to it, but before I do I wanted to know if anybody else has tried the HR Mag through it and how it works.
Yeah I KNOW that EVERYBODY should ALWAYS use the proper ammo for the firearm, but there are ALWAYS sensible exceptions to otherwise 'Ironclad" rules in life....