These are my .32 rim fire pistols
top is a antique bacon single shot
the middle one is a antique sharps & hankins 4 barrel pistol
the other 2 are antique 4 barrel Remington elliots
When i saw the reloadable 32 rimfire cases that Dixie Arms sells with the offset blank i thought
there must be a better way.When i saw the 27 Cal Ramset Powder Charge blanks at home depot i knew i found it.The "Green" has about 2.3 grs of powder, "Brown" has about 1.7 grs.i use the green.anything more powerful cant be used.
I use 32 short Colt Brass.(not colt new police)
- a 0.311-0.313" Round Ball Weighs about 48 grs
-or a 32 colt heeled bullet
- a 17/64" drill bit. i use a lathe to drill the holes.
Drill a two step hole into the base of the 32 Short Colt Brass - a 17/64" all the way through the bottom, then a shallow 21/64 in the base, deep enough that the .322 base Ramset charge sits flush.
I used a lathe only because i have one i could of used my drill press with a jig to hold another drill chuck
facing upwards.I have found that i don't need to worry about crushing the brass case as long as i clamp it
close to the rim because there seems to be enough brass near the bottom of the case to keep it from crushing.
The best part of this setup is that the Ramset is both the primer and the powder charge, and you don't have to line up the round to align with the firing pin like you do with the dixie cases. The powder seems to be like Bullseye in Burn Rate (fast) "Green" contains a mild charge for a 48 gr Round Ball. Brown or white 27 Cal charges are harder to find, and are needed if you go heavier than the 48 gr Round Ball.if using a long colt heeled bullet.
Please follow my blog while i try new things and feel free to offer suggestions.
32 long rimfire reloading
I reloaded the heeled lead bullet with a set of 32 colt dies. before putting in the powder or hilti cap on
i glued the caps in using a loktite type glue to help make a seal. white or brown caps would not need to be opened and could be used as is because of there light charge.
than a original copper rimfire case so the gun has to have a strong mainspring to fire it. i had to replace the mainspring in my sharps pistol before it would work it worked fine on the old 32 rf rounds.
I am having problems with indexing in some guns i was going to remove the rim completely and use a thin brass washer between the brass case and the blank but i tried trimming the rim down instead(above). it seems to work better on the pepperbox pistol below.
This is my newest antique gun a 32 rimfire red jacket pistol made by lee arms.
Lyman made the following 32 colt molds but are almost impossible to find anymore.
299-152 80 gr RN Heel 32 Short Colt Heel Base
299-153 90 gr RN Heel 32 Long Colt Heel Base
299-154 105 gr RN Heel 32 Long Colt Heel Base
299-159 80 gr RN-FP-HB 32 long Colt Hollow Base
buffalo arms currently has a 32 colt mold at $135.00 and i believe NEI also makes a 32 colt mold.
old west bullet moulds has the best price of the three http://www.oldwestbulletmoulds.com/
32 colt dies and brass can also be a challenge to find.
.320 European brass can also be used it has a thinner rim than the 32 colt but is otherwise the same.
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