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gibbs
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Philippines
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Posted - 06/30/2014 :  9:55:20 PM  Show Profile Send gibbs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Folks,

I just got my hands on an old Colt .32 snub nose 6-shot revolver. The gun shows cosmetic wear, In fact the bluing is probably 70% gone but the insides of the cylinder and barrel are in pristine condition.

The gun has a round butt and the grips are worn off and cracked. Does anyone know of any source for the grips? The serial number is 1057__. I doubt if Pachmayr ever made rubber grips for this gun.

I read somewhere that one guy had the cylinders bored through so he can use .32 magnum ammunition on the gun. My question is "Is this advisable/safe?"

Any info on the grips and also on the use of .32 magnum will be appreciated.

Gibbs

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Tuna
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Posted - 07/01/2014 :  11:00:34 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gibbs, What is the last patent date on the top of the barrel? If the date is near the turn of the century then no it's not a good idea. If it's in the 30's or later then maybe it could be done. Numrich has some grips for Colts with round butts. Hard rubber type new for $37 and change.
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jlwilliams
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USA
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Posted - 07/05/2014 :  7:03:59 PM  Show Profile Send jlwilliams a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Reboring the cylinder is inadvisable for a number of reasons. First, maybe it's safe, but the potential downside makes that a big "maybe." Second, while it has limited resale value now, once you do a modification you make it more or less unsellable. Most people won't buy a gun that has been modified into a "magnum" and if you do sell it you are taking on the liability of selling a gun that you modified to take a cartridge greater than the engineers designed it for. If you sell it to someone, fully explaining what you did and advising against super hot hand loads, and they blow it up with super hot hand loads, you might well be served papers and have to argue that it was his loads not your modification that cost him his eyes, and you'll be arguing that in court at great expense. Even if you never intend to sell it, times change. You never know what tomorrow brings. Even if you never do sell it, do you want your kids to be shooting 32 magnum through it years down the line? Lastly, and this counts too, if what you want is something more than a 32, the direct path is to sell this and get a 38 or a 32 magnum or whatever it is you really do want. Even if you don't want to sell it, it makes more sense to get something else if this isn't what you want than it does to make this into something that it isn't.

What I'd do with it is get the grips and a box or two of rounds for it. 32 isn't the hot set up for personal defense, but it's more powerful than a stern look. It's plenty powerful for small animals like rabid raccoons or rabbits of opportunity, so it may be just the thing for hiking. You have a nice little item as it is. Either keep it or send it down the line, but don't turn it into a maybe-grenade.
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BEYU
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USA
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Posted - 07/05/2014 :  8:06:12 PM  Show Profile Send BEYU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
jlwilliams,

"Either keep it or send it down the line, but don't turn it into a maybe-grenade."

Very good advice very well said.

BEYU

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

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Tuna
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Posted - 07/05/2014 :  10:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send Tuna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gibbs is in the Philippines. Things are a bit different over there.
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gibbs
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Philippines
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Posted - 07/06/2014 :  10:30:44 AM  Show Profile Send gibbs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Tuna, there are no patent marks on top or anywhere around the short 2-inch barrel, but from my research on the serial number, the manufacturing year is 1922 so the idea of boring out the cylinder is definitely off.

JBWilliams and BEYU, thanks for your advise. I think I will just keep it the way it is, use part of the 3 boxes of .32 long ammo to put the revo thru its paces to find out if it functions well. I have tried looking for surplus or hand-me-down wood grips from an old gunsmith but all that he had are for the square butt models. I think I will just resort to getting one specially made by one of our artisans here or maybe just try to make one myself. That way, the revo will have more meaning for me. I once made grips out of 1/4" x 2" slabs of parquet floor tiles for .380 and .22 short semi-autos and this will probably be a little tougher.

Thank you guys.

Gibbs

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Captain O
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USA
346 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2016 :  11:21:44 PM  Show Profile Send Captain O a Private Message  Reply with Quote
gibbs: There's nothing wrong with the .32 S&W Long/.32 Colt New Police. I have three revolvers chambered for the cartridge and another S&W Model 431 "E" frame revolver (aluminum alloy, 2" barrel, concealed hammer).

Properly loaded the .32 S&W Long/Colt N.P. has plenty of power to "stop the action". This is because the low recoil, high accuracy cartridge lends itself to proper placement, and ample penetration. Think of it as a 98 grain .311" bullet with the power of a .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum.

I hope this helps.

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jimb16
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USA
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Posted - 03/13/2016 :  8:38:27 PM  Show Profile Send jimb16 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It would not be safe to have it bored out for 32 mag. Even today the US Standards (SAMMI specs) for those older firearms are lower pressure than the original ammo. They are lower because those older firearms have generally lost much of their original strength due to wear and erosion from corrosive ammo that has been used over the years. Don't try to make a magnum out of a firearm that probably would be marginal with the original lower powered ammo that it was made for. There is no sense in risking your safety or possibly destroying a good and potentially historic firearm.

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Captain O
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USA
346 Posts

Posted - 03/13/2016 :  9:59:32 PM  Show Profile Send Captain O a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jimb16

It would not be safe to have it bored out for 32 mag. Even today the US Standards (SAMMI specs) for those older firearms are lower pressure than the original ammo. They are lower because those older firearms have generally lost much of their original strength due to wear and erosion from corrosive ammo that has been used over the years. Don't try to make a magnum out of a firearm that probably would be marginal with the original lower powered ammo that it was made for. There is no sense in risking your safety or possibly destroying a good and potentially historic firearm.



Absolutely! Shoot it with the ammunition originally intended. Be careful about over pressure and firearm wear.

Good luck!

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