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I've been loading 100 gr. rnfp bullets for the wife, but wondered about 78 gr. rn bullets suppliers offer. Do you have a preference? Is there a noticeable difference in recoil? The 100 gr. bullets work great on knockdowns; do the lighter bullets do well or do you keep "heavies" around for those?

Currently using 1.8 gr. of Bullseye. Suggested load for 78 gr. bullet?

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You have to push 78 gr to at least 800 fps to make PF. I much prefer 100 or 115 gr.

 

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I have been using the 78 gr. coated bullets for a while. Mine are loaded in S&W 32 long brass with 1.8 gr of bullseye. No problem with knock downs and they ring the targets well.

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I tried the 78 grainers in my 32-20's. I'd been using the 115gr.'s. They worked ok in my pistols, no noticable difference in recoil. Problem in the rifle was, they kept jamming ,,,,,, hard to get cartridge oal .Win.(Uberti) '73. I only loaded about 100 out of 500. Sold what was left and went back to the 115 gr. bullets. Didn't use any in a match, just experimented. Unique was the powder.

YMMV,

Isom

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Recoil? It's a .32... :mellow:

 

Accurate Molds 105 grain FN in .32-20 and .32 H&R mag, RCBS 78 grain RN in .32 S&W/.32 S&W long. 2.5 grains Unique in the .32 H&R mag - I don't remember the others right off.

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My wife shoots .32 H&R magnum with 78 gn round nose from Badman Bullets.  I load them over 2.3 gn Titegroup.   (850fps,  PF about 66.)   I also use the same load with a 95gn projectile (775 fps PF +-74) for heavy KD targets, but I've never seen her use them.  They do have perceptibly different recoil.  I've not seen her ever fail to knock down a target with the 78 gn. if hit properly.   If the heavier recoil of a 95gn  causes poor hits, you haven't gained  very much.  

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I load 100 grain bullets for my wife.  They shoot point-of-aim in her Ruger Single Sixes.  I would not go to a lighter bullet.  Local spotters were calling her hits as misses until I increased powder charges in her rounds (to make a nice bullet splat and make the targets wiggle).  Loading 78 grain bullets would just make the spotters call more misses.

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14 hours ago, Edward R S Canby, SASS#59971 said:

I load 100 grain bullets for my wife.  They shoot point-of-aim in her Ruger Single Sixes.  I would not go to a lighter bullet.  Local spotters were calling her hits as misses until I increased powder charges in her rounds (to make a nice bullet splat and make the targets wiggle).  Loading 78 grain bullets would just make the spotters call more misses.

Spotting problems with lighter bullets is something I have never given much thought to.  You make a good point.   My wife does have misses called occasionally when both she and I thought targets were solidly hit.  In one case, she experienced a number of "mis-calls" by two particular spotters.  We just accepted it as part of the game and never thought much about the light 78 gn bullets.

 

Perhaps she should bite the bullet (no pun intended) and step up her projectile size.  But her tiny, arthritic hands might then legitimately miss more targets with the added recoil. 

Decisions!

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I use a Lee 90 grain tumble-lube cast bullet over 2.6 gr of Titegroup.  Velocity probably in 880-900 fps range but the little Rugers rock enough for duelist/gunfighter.

I take some 115 gr loads over W-231 for knockdowns.

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