Thoughts on .32 S&W Long

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  1. Mr_Flintstone

    Mr_Flintstone Active Member

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    Does anyone have thoughts on the effectiveness of .32 SWL for self defense? Is there an ammo option that will make one a legitimate option for self defense? I know all the "better than a sharp stick" comments that may come, but I'm seriously interested in your comments. I don't carry one, I carry a 9mm or .38 Special, but I would like to know whether or not something this small can be counted on if the need arises.
     
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    I don't know the answer to your question but I reload .32 ACP and I do know that hollow point bullets are produced for .32s. I would not feel under protected with a .32 but would feel a little better if it had HP ammo.
     

  3. jim brady

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    I don't carry a .32 ACP (7.65 Browning) for self defense, but if you go back in history, European military and police have used it quite effectively. The .32 S&W Long is more powerful than the .32 ACP, so logic tells me that it would work as a personal defense caliber.
     
  4. ral357

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    If you hit something that counts and it penetrates deep enough it might do. No handgun round is the hammer of Thor. If I was depending on the 32 long I would shoot wad cutters. Practice with Fiocchi and load Buffalo Bore hard cast for carry. The BB is warm but still within SAIMI pressures. Generally the 32 long Wad cutters are very accurate. Being soft shooting doesn't hurt marksmanship either.
     
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    I found this from Lucky Gunner. I know wadcutter handloads for this round can be pushed a lot faster, so penetration shouldn't be a problem for that round. No expansion though.

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    I have a Ruger Single Six chambered in .32 H&R magnum. Not much recoil, but i would sure hate to get shot with it.
     
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    agreed. When out biking or when I need super discreet cary I have a keltec p32 in 32 acp. I wouldn't mind having more, but I certainly don't feel unarmed either. As said, 32 long is even better. I just started reloading 32 long and 32h&r magnum. I'm making some nice lrnfp projectiles for them. I have charter arms "The Professional" in 32hrmag. I primarily shoot 32 longs in it..feels good, even in that cartridge, easier to stay on target than with 38/357, and you get 7 rounds. Not bad. I also have a breaktop h&r in 32, fun to shoot, and still viable as a discreet carry.

    good sectional density with a 32 as well.
     
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    Yes it is. When you depend on a mouse for security it needs to be well fed....:rolleyes:
     
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