32 H&R Magnum Ballistics
The 95 grain 32 H&R Magnum has a velocity of 1020 at the muzzle, and 970 at 25 yards. Energy at the muzzle is 219 foot pounds, and at 25 yards it drops to 198 foot pounds.
32 H&R Mag ballistics charts:
This 32 H&R Magnum ballistics chart shows 95 grain Federal Champion semi-wadcutter hollow point rounds:
This 32 H&R Magnum ballistics chart shows 85 grain Federal Personal Defense Revolver hollow point rounds:
This 32 H&R Magnum ballistics chart shows 80 grain Hornady FTX Critical Defense rounds:
About the 32 H&R Magnum:
The 32 H&R Magnum was released to the shooting public in 1984. It came about as a joint venture between Harrington & Richardson and Federal that used the 32 S&W Long as the parent case.
Bullet weights generally range in weight from 80 to 100 grains, with some outliers on either side. This little cartridge has seen a recent surge in popularity with newer guns coming out in this cartridge, like the below pictured Charter Arms Professional:
That revolver, by the way, was released to the shooting public in 2019 in partnership with the USCCA at the Concealed Carry Expo. I was there and was able to snap that pic. It was released with some animosity from the public, with a lot of questions concerning the chambering.
After all, any revolver chambered in the much more potent 327 Federal Magnum will be able to shoot this cartridge, too. So, why not just go with the 327? I don’t have an answer and it doesn’t really matter because the 32 H&R deserves its own guns, too.
The 32 H&R is probably about the smallest you’d want to go with a self-defense cartridge, with similar ballistics to (and in all actuality, slightly better than) that of the 380 ACP.
What seemed to fade into obscurity has seen some re-birth, and it may continue to pick up steam.
What are your thoughts on this little magnum? Let me know in the comments below.