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.32 Short Colt Ammo ?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Pete7072, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Pete7072


    Aug 23, 2012
    Since I've searched high and low for this ammo, I figured I would ask you guys.... Where can I get this Ammo ? Winchester told me to contact my local dealer, and have them order it. The problem is, they will only do it if it's a high volume bulk order. Anyone have any ideas ?
  2. TonyT


    Mar 14, 2009
    I sent you a PM when I thouht it was the same as 32 S&W. Then I remebered it is the same as the old 32 Short or Long CF - I had a Winchester High Wall in 32 LCF and both 32 Short and Long Colt brass which I sold with the rifle several years ago.

  3. Pete7072


    Aug 23, 2012
    Diameter I believe is slightly different, but thanks. Couple hours on the internet, and still nothing
  4. Bill Keith

    Bill Keith

    Jan 3, 2006
    Humble, TX
    Hi Pete, did some scouting around. Saw many folks out of 32 short Colt as Winchester only does sporadic loading of the caliber. I did find one outfit that specialized in obsolete calibers and will make some up for you.

  5. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    A local gun shop in my area (Kirkland WA) has it. I found that out looking for .32 SW (short).
  6. Oops, 32 short colt is a bit different than 32S&W. nvm.
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2012
  7. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    Go to

    it list by caliber or guage every internet site by price.

    When I ran 32 S&W the lowest prices were for 32 long but went to 32 short. They cost more.
  8. Pete7072


    Aug 23, 2012
    Yeah I've been there, and Nothing.... Seams like my best bet is to buy the reloaded at this point
  9. Pete7072


    Aug 23, 2012
  10. Gatofeo


    Jan 13, 2002
    Check Midway. They have .32 Short Colt ammo on occasion.

    Been shooting the .32 Short Colt and .32 Long Colt for about 15 years, in a Marlin Model 1892 lever-action rifle. I also reload for .32 Long Colt, and cast my own heeled bullets for it.
    Let me clarify:
    The .32 Short Colt is NOT the same as the .32 Smith & Wesson. The .32 Smith & Wesson case is larger in diameter. It will NOT fit in a .32 Short Colt chamber.
    Also ...
    The .32 Long Colt is NOT the same as the .32 Smith & Wesson Long, or the .32 Colt New Police.
    The .32 S&W Long and .32 Colt NP use identical cases. The only difference is in the bullet. The .32 S&W Long was introduced with a round-nosed bullet. The .32 Colt NP was introduced with nearly the same bullet, but it has a flat tip instead of a point.

    Now, as to bullets for reloading ...
    The interior diameter of the mouth of a sized .32 Long Colt or .32 Short Colt case is typically .294 inch. This is far too small to seat a .312 to .314" bullet, which is typically used for the .32 S&W Long or .32 S&W.

    .32 Long Colt ammunition uses a .299" diameter bullet that is hollowbased, or a bullet with a short, reduced-diameter shank on it (called a "heel) of about .299 inch.
    The larger diameter of the bullet, ahead of this heel, is typically .310 to .311 inch.
    My Marlin has a bore diameter of .310 inch, so this works very nice. However, the hollow-based factory bullet of .299 inch almost rattles down the bore, and accuracy is much poorer than with a heeled bullet of full diamter.

    You CANNOT seat standard .32-caliber pistol bullets of .310 - .314 into .32 Long Colt, or .32 Short Colt, cases without collapsing the case. The projectile is too large.

    Through the years, I've been in more than a few gun stores where the salesman tried to sell me .32 S&W Long ammo when I asked if they had any .32 Long Colt boxes. He'd claim it was the same thing. Not so.

    .32 Long Colt ammo was dicontinued, near as I can figure, in the early 1980s. The last maker was Remington, in green and yellow boxes. Winchester made .32 Long Colt ammo into the late 1970s, in white boxes with red lettering, as I recall.

    Winchester does make .32 Short Colt ammo on occasion. It uses a heeled bullet. A reduced heel fits into the case, and the rest of the bullet is about .310" diameter.

    My little Marlin 1892 is the ancestor of the Marlin Model 39 .22 rifle. The larger .32 caliber has more "slap" on small game than the .22, but its range is limited to about 50 yards.
    Revolvers for the .32 Long Colt or .32 Short Colt may not be very accurate, because their barrel bores are often .314 or so -- the same barrel as used in the .32 S&W Long. Colt used the same barrel for either caliber. I don't believe that Smith & Wesson ever made a revolver in .32 Short or Long Colt.

    Lots of confusion out there regarding the .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .32 Short Colt and .32 Long Colt. It's a mess.