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Post by WillH Thu 28 Jul - 18:23

I''ve got a Pardini HP on the way in 32 SWL.  My plans are to shoot it at local indoor BE league which is 25 yds.  I'm set up to reload most cartridges except this one.  I understand it's quite a complex undertaking - so at first my plan is to shoot factory ammo.  I see there are a number of brands such as Fiocci, Lapua, and Magtec.  Which of these would likely perform best and/or provide best source of reloading brass down the road?  I figure whatever I get should be the same head stamp.  Thanks in advance for any guidance.

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Post by straybrit Thu 28 Jul - 19:09

I have an MG4 - but the ammo is the same. At 25 yds magtech and lapua will shoot a ragged hole if you do your part - about the same as decent 22. Even reloads are relatively simple (98g WC, 1.4g N310 in my case) and will shoot far better than I can hold.

Getting it to work at 50 yds - ah - now there's the magic incantation territory. There's people herein who maintain it's "simple" - if you have a custom sizing die and make your own bullets with it.  I'm sure it's possible but it's an ongoing and ever deepening rabbit hole.

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Post by RoyDean Thu 28 Jul - 19:14

Lapua 98gr, IMHO the very best for a Pardini, available from Champions Choice and others. Not cheap, but brass is good.

Wish that you had posted this a couple of weeks ago - I bought a big stash and was carting it around till I could get it shipped after Atterbury!

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Post by WillH Thu 28 Jul - 20:12

Thanks for advice so far.  Looking down the road (and rabbit hole!) a bit in terms of reloading:  Are properly sized hand cast DEWCs a viable option for 25 yd shooting - say 1.5" groups?  I see Accurate molds have some trash can style WCs in the 90-100 grain range.  I'm gathering commercial sources of HBWCs have largely dried up so looking ahead for an alternative.

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Post by straybrit Thu 28 Jul - 20:18

Lapua bullets are available if you look hard enough. Bear Creek make them on an occasional basis (I suspect they wait until they get enough interest) but they do them in an honest .314. Many (most ??) places that sell 'target' bullets come at .313 at best. This is a caliber that is very picky about that measurement. I'd recommend slugging the barrel to check. Alternatively wait for Dave (fc60) to add to this thread - he is the acknowledged fount of knowledge on the subject.

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Post by fc60 Thu 28 Jul - 20:43

Greetings,

First, you need to measure the barrel groove diameter.

New Pardini HP's have a 0.314" groove diameter with 0.312" choke applied at the muzzle.

If I had to buy commercial ammo, I would choose Fiocchi. The latest offering is better than the earlier lots. Again, hope you get a good lot.

MagTech shoots well; but, the cannelure in the middle of the case does not line up with the popular HBWC bullets we load with.

Lapua varies with the lot. A recent conversation with a fellow shooter revealed he got a good lot of Lapua as he was able to shoot ten-ring groups at 50 yards.

At $40.00 - $50.00 a box of 50, I do not shoot much, if any, commercial ammo.

When you get around to loading for this cartridge, send me a PM and I will offer what I have learned in the last 30 years.

Cheers,

Dave
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Post by NuJudge Thu 28 Jul - 21:21

A few  links:  
http://www.targettalk.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=44518  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t11463-whats-your-32-sw-long-load-using-hn-314-wadcutters-or-bumped-speer-clones  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t9916-sw-32long-copying-the-hn-314-hbwc-for-reloading  
http://www.targettalk.org/viewtopic.php?t=39661  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t10045-32-sw-sizing-expander-plug  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t4766-32-sw-loads  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t678-32-sw-long-basics  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t6926-huge-fliers-with-32long-reloads  
https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t8353-bullet-swaging-at-home?highlight=Swaging  
http://tonybrong.blogspot.com/2010/05/loading-32-s-long.html  
https://www.gunbroker.com/item/868358708  
http://www.corbins.com/sale.htm  
https://bulletswagingsupply.com/main-price-sheet.pdf



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Post by WillH Thu 28 Jul - 22:41

That's a great source of information.  I've been reading up on what I can find and this link summary is quite useful.  Sure thing Dave, I'll get with you when the time comes - which probably won't be too long as I'll also need relief from the factory ammo costs after freeing up some brass. I would surely like to benefit from not having to learn everything the hard way.  It's interesting the Pardini has some choke at the muzzle.

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