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Can you fire 32 caliber ammo out of a 38 caliber revolver?

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2009-02-11 09:31:32
2009-02-11 09:31:32

Generally speaking, no, and, you should never try to fire any ammo from a gun other than what it is designed to fire. You may be able to get it to fire, but you could damage the gun or hurt yourself.

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use 32-20 ammo The caliber of the ammo is 32-20. It is not common although it is still available.




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These were made to fire the .32 S&W revolver cartridge. Made well after the black powder era, they should be able to use standard present day ammo.



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Saw one at an auction. It was listed as a Thames .32 caliber revolver.


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givin your info id say .32 Rimfire (blackpowder)


NO! The .32 ACP is loaded to much higher energies than the .32 S&W Revolver cartridge, and cannot be safely fired in a revolver- especially one that old. You will also have problems extracting the fired cartridge case.


For a Smith and Wesson revolver in stainless steel that shoots short bullets, you might need a 380 caliber pistol or a S&W 32 caliber revolver.



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