Modern Ammo In Vintage Iver Johnson Top Break Revolvers

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  1. davr101

    davr101 New Member

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    Is there a safe load to use in the old Iver Johnson revolvers originally designed for black powder cartridges? I have a 32 S&W Long solid frame made around 1900, and a 38 S&W top break made in the late 1800's. Both are in excellent condition, but I don't want to damage them or myself. Thanks.
     
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    Alpo Well-Known Member

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    you can also check old western scronger i think the site is www.ows.com
     
  4. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

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    before you start looking for ammo you need to learn more about your revolvers. the 32 S&W Long (6 shot) was not chanbered in iver johnson top break safety automatic revolvers until 1909 (third model). the solid frame Model 1900 offered the 32 S&W(5 shot) from the beginning in 1900 but the 32 S&W Long (6 shot) was not chambered in the large frame model until about 1921. any iver johnson revolver (top break or solid frame chambered for 5 32 caliber cartridges are chambered for the 32 S&W, only the large frame that are chambered for 6 32 caliber cartridges are chambered for the 32 S&W Long.

    the large frame safety automatic revolver introduced in 1894 was originally offered in 38 S&W but only the first (1894-1896) and the second model (1896-1908) were disigned for black powder cartridge pressures. you may be correct that your safety automatic revolver (top break) is a black powder model but if you other revolver is chambered for 6 32 cartridges it was designed for smokeless loads. if it is chambered for 5 cartridges then it is 32 S&W not 32 S&W Long.

    with proper information i can date 99% of all iver johnson revolvers.
    bill
     
  5. davr101

    davr101 New Member

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    Thanks to those who replied. My IJ 32 is a five shot, so I guess b.goforth answered my question.

    Dave
     
  6. dogngun

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    The solid frame IJ will be OK with "modern" loads - I see Mr. Goforth was here-you won't find a better authority than he is.

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