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    I'm curious what the fascination is with wadcutters in the .32 H&R is. I've been loading for the .32 for 20+ years and have mostly used lead flat-nose bullets. What is magic about the wadcutters?

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    Here's my results using the 3.0gr of HP38 over the 98gr MBC wadcutter. 7/10/25yds with decent results. Only the second outing with the 432UC and it seems to be breaking in nicely. I shot all 100rnds I had loaded of the MBC loads and a a mix of the Hornady 85gr XTP's that I loaded. Not a super fan of the wadcutter as it's not as easy to load the chambers as a SWC. I may try to run this in one of our local ASI matches and need to be able to charge with speedloaders. Sights seem pretty regulated, even with my horrible vision did pretty well. I'm happy when I can hit the center at 25yds off hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triggernosis View Post
    I'm curious what the fascination is with wadcutters in the .32 H&R is. I've been loading for the .32 for 20+ years and have mostly used lead flat-nose bullets. What is magic about the wadcutters?
    There's no magic. The flat nose is the part of the bullet that does the damage, and it's bigger on a wadcutter than on a flat nose or SWC. Having less air space in the cartridge gives a theoretical advantage for accuracy like it does with wadcutters in .38 Special, though I'm not sure how much difference that makes in a snubby.
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    There's no magic. The flat nose is the part of the bullet that does the damage, and it's bigger on a wadcutter than on a flat nose or SWC. Having less air space in the cartridge gives a theoretical advantage for accuracy like it does with wadcutters in .38 Special, though I'm not sure how much difference that makes in a snubby.
    Got it.
    Difficult reloading wadcutters quickly, though. Probably more of an "imagined" scenario on my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triggernosis View Post
    Got it.
    Difficult reloading wadcutters quickly, though. Probably more of an "imagined" scenario on my part.
    I carry the Lost River wadcutters in the gun but my reloads (whether in speedloader or strip) are the Federal 85gr load. Cylinders are chamfered but it's still quite challenging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MStarmer View Post
    Cylinders are chamfered but it's still quite challenging.
    Agreed, I carry Hornady Critical Defense in the gun, but found when they are used in the HKS 32-j, the poly tip is "sticky". The wadcutters are super short when used in the HKS. Likely stick with CD in strips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MStarmer View Post
    I joined this forum just for this post! I'm just starting with .32 H&R mag for my 432UC and have 100 round sample packs of the Missouri Hi-Tek coated 98gr WCBB and 100gr RNFP bullets. I have probably 10+ pounds of Titegroup and 2 pounds of HP-38. Been kind of struggling finding some reliable data with those powders and the coated bullets. So far I'm seeing 2.3-2.5gr HP38 (or 231)?
    Welcome! This forum is a fantastic resource.

    Quote Originally Posted by MStarmer View Post
    Were these the Hi-Tek coated ones I assume? I'm guessing HP38 would share the same data for these!
    Yes the MBC are Hi-Tek coated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCT125US View Post
    Welcome! This forum is a fantastic resource.



    Yes the MBC are Hi-Tek coated.
    Thanks for the response. My posts weren't approved until after a few days so they popped in after other posts had been made.

    So far I'm happy with the 3.0 HP-38 with the Wadcutter, don't know if I'll load any more though. I'd prefer to load the SWC's if I can get a good load.

    I have (50) ea of the MBC #6 Hi-Tek coated 100gr loaded at 3.0 and 3.3 HP 38, hope to see how those do and get about 500 or so of those loaded if they hit to the sights and group decent.

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