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Reloading the .32 Magnum — What to Know

While the .32 H&R Magnum doesn't get the attention it deserves, plenty of handloading components are currently available.

Reloading the .32 Magnum — What to Know
This centerfire revolver cartridge, the .32 H&R Magnum, is one of the author’s favorites because it’s good for self-defense, the trail, and small-game hunting. 

The .32 H&R Magnum (introduced in 1984) is a straight-walled handgun cartridge. It’s a longer version of the 142-year-old .32 Smith & Wesson and the 124-year-old .32 Smith & Wesson Long cartridges. It has a maximum average pressure of 21,000 psi (almost twice that of its parent cartridges).

With modern, no-lube-required reloading dies, cranking out perfectly safe and reliable .32 Magnum handloads is easily accomplished. Tumble clean, inspect, resize, decap, trim and flare the case mouths, prime, charge, seat, and crimp—you’re done. I use an RCBS carbide die set, which will accommodate .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, and the .32 H&R...

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