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Best Self Defence Ammo For A 32 Tomcat

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Doc Pathfinder, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. I know it's not the best gun for self defence but what is the most effective ammo to carry in a Beretta Tomcat as a backup gun?
  2. M 7

    M 7

    May 22, 2012

  3. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    You want to be careful with hollowpoint loads that have a sherter overall length.

    With .32ACP you can get rim lock. Pretty rare, but when it happened to me, it locked hard
  4. I use either Winchester Silvertips or Federal Hydra-Shoks. Both are OK for this gun per Beretta. The Hydra-Shoks might be slightly better in expansion and price.

    I usually have the round in the chamber a Silvertip or Hydra Shok and the remaining magazine filled with FMJ.

    All of this talk about "rim lock" and other problems you might encounter is the same weather you are using hollow points in 32 ACP, 380 ACP or 9mm. I would not let it concern me. I do rotate my ammo about every two months however!
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2012
  5. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    First choice; Sellier & Bellot 73gr FMJ.

    Second choice; Fiocchi 73gr FMJ.

    Both of those have a much higher muzzle velocity than any American brand.
  6. M 7

    M 7

    May 22, 2012
    I stand two grains! :bowdown: That's 1/3500th of a pound. :animlol:

    You got me, Kalmah! ;)
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2012
  7. JW1178


    Jul 17, 2009
    I agree about the FMJ bullets because first of all, I don't really see the bullets expanding with that low amount of velosity and if they do, they won't penetrate well. Like said before, reliability is another issue.

    Found this, not too shabby for a little .32.
  8. The Buf bore loads are very very hot 32 ammo. HOWEVER, I defiantly would not shoot it in a Tomcat!!! Don't do it.
    Not recommended by Beretta!
  9. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
  10. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    Not exactly.
    The .32ACP is semi-rimmed. The others are not.
    I had a Tomcat a couple or three months before it rimlocked.

    I have shot thousands upon thousands of 9mm and .380ACP and never got a rimlock. In fact the only failures in 10,000 rounds or so of 9mm and .380ACP were with an Interarms PPK/S jam-o-matic.
  11. Kalmah

    Kalmah Supreme Member

    Feb 22, 2006
    It's not the weight. As I pointed out, it's the muzzle velocity.

    American brands are around 905 fps. S&B is 1043.

  12. DustyJ.. if what you say is true, then I stand corrected! I have fired about 800 to 1000 rounds of 32ACP in my Tomcat with No problems. Admittedly and embarrassingly I am not sure exactly what "rimlock" really is. :embarassed:
  13. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    We are using Winchester Silver Tips in my wife's gun.

    I recommend she keep shooting until they are all gone. More like buckshot that way, and she stands a better chance of stopping a threat.
  14. mingaa


    Dec 3, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
    A pointed stick??

    Sorry - sorry, couldn't resist!
  15. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    It is not all that common. But when it happened it took me a while to get the top round out of the magazine after ejecting it. A good reason to carry spare mags.

    Here is a fairly good explanation:

    It only happens when using semi-rimmed (like the .32ACP) and ammunition shorter than the magazine was designed for (like some hollowpoints).

    I got rid of the tomcat shortly after it happened.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012
  16. pimuk


    Jan 28, 2004
    Bangkok, THAILAND
    My friend had a rim lock with the semi-rimmed .32 once in less than 500 round count.
  17. This is the first I have heard of it also. According to the explanation it apparently only occurs with a .32.
  18. PghJim


    Apr 21, 2005
    You may only get one chance, but I would throw the gun. You would only increase a person's anger if you shot him with it, FMJ or not. Do not get me wrong, it can be lethal, but you can find a .380 pistol for the same size.
  19. Darkangel1846


    Jul 19, 2004
    Buffalo Bore, Hydra shok, FMJ....all work. But it might take a while for it to slow up a BG.