.32 S&W

Reloading data for .32 S&W cartridges and specifications for cases and loads in this caliber.
Product number: CID_416
Load data for caliber ".32 S&W"
The .32 S&W (Smith & Wesson) is a centerfire revolver cartridge that was introduced by the Smith & Wesson company in 1878. It is one of the oldest centerfire handgun cartridges still in production today.

The .32 S&W cartridge typically fires a 85-grain bullet at a muzzle velocity of around 700 feet per second. It was originally designed as a low-recoil cartridge suitable for use in small, inexpensive pocket revolvers, and was intended primarily for self-defense and close-range shooting.

The .32 S&W cartridge was eventually largely replaced by more powerful cartridges such as the .38 Special, but it remains in use by some shooters who appreciate its low recoil and mild report. It is a relatively low-power cartridge that is suitable for target shooting and small game hunting, but is not generally recommended for self-defense purposes due to its limited stopping power. It is also sometimes used in cowboy action shooting competitions, as well as in antique or replica firearms.
You find .32 S&W with all common powders and bullets by clicking the 'Loads in this caliber' button above.

Technical Specifications (based on the respective safety standard - see more details in tab 'Datasheet' if available)

Caliber: .32 S&W
Cartridge Type: Pistol/Revolver
Bullet Diameter: 0.312 '' | 7.92 mm
Max. Case Length (l3):0.6'' | 15.37 mm
Max .Cartridge Length / OAL:0.93'' | 23.62 mm
Maximum Standardized Pressure:13053.6 psi | 900 bar
The Commission internationale permanente pour l'épreuve des armes à feu portatives ("Permanent International Commission for the Proof of Small Arms" – commonly abbreviated as C.I.P.) is an international organisation which sets standards for safety testing of firearms. (The word portatives ("portable") in the name refers to the fact the C.I.P. tests small arms almost exclusively; it is ordinarily omitted from the English translation of the name.) As of 2015, its members are the national governments of 14 countries, of which 11 are European Union member states. The C.I.P. safeguards that all firearms and ammunition sold to civilian purchasers in member states are safe for the users.
To achieve this, all such firearms are first proof tested at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses. The same applies for cartridges; at regular intervals, cartridges are tested against the C.I.P. pressure specifications at the ammunition manufacturing plants and at C.I.P. accredited Proof Houses.

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