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Favorite .32 ACP defense round?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Brutus57, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Doesn't appear that my MAB 7.65 Model D will sell or trade:cool:. SOOOOOOO, I think I will use it as a 5th line of defense against the Zombie Apocalypse. Anybody recommend a good .32 ACP round?

    Cheers,

    Brutus Out
     
  2. Blackcobra

    Blackcobra Camas Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    Probably the hottest FMJ that your gun will shoot; I think most would argue penetration of FMJ over expansion of a .32 HP. Just my opinion, of course!
     
  3. XSubSailor

    XSubSailor SW WA Active Member

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    I don't think I've ever heard ".32ACP" and "defense round" used in the same sentence before...
     
  4. Creeper

    Creeper Ravensdale, WA. Member

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    Winchester Silver Tip has been a good round for decades... and the Fiocchi Extrema with Hornady XTP bullet works nicely. Both expand very reliably at the low velocities a .32ACP produces.
     
  5. hariph creek

    hariph creek vancouver, wa. Active Member

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    Firmly in the FMJ camp.
     
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  6. SynapticSilence

    SynapticSilence Battle Ground, WA Well-Known Member

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    My wife has a Beretta Tomcat .32 that's great. I don't want to prejudice you in making your own choice, but here's a nice chart of .32 ammo ballistics that might help. 32 ACP Ballistics Chart | Ballistics 101
     
  7. brentb636

    brentb636 Holland, mi Active Member

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    I have a FEG AP7 32ACP, and if I were looking at a SD round, I'd pick the Buffalo Bore Hardcast load, and put in a heavier recoil spring from gunsprings.com . Don't know if you have those options.
     
  8. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    RBCD is what I run in mine if not them WW-silvertips.
     
  9. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    Nice charts, thanks for that link :thumbup:
     
  10. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Both your pistol and my FN Model 1922 are based on the FN Model 1910. These older pistols were designed to run on standard pressure FMJ loads. I shoot the Winchester 71 grain FMJ cartridge through my Model 1922 and have never had a hiccup with it.
     
  11. Brutus57

    Brutus57 Skagit County Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, my plans are to plink with it and just one more pistol if I need to give one to somebody during SHTF. My primary is a .45 and my secondary a .380.

    Apparently they worked OK for some European police agencies.

    Brutus Out
     
  12. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    My personal experience with a Kel Tec P32 using Winchester Silvertips to humanely put down deer that had been hit by cars ( on two seperate occasions) caused me to get rid of the gun. It took multiple head shots to put the animals down. From what I could see, the rounds barely penetrated the skull. I shot a 3 point buck right between the eyes at a range of about 5 feet and the darn thing proceeded to flail around and actually get up on its feet and walk a couple of steps before falling and trying to crawl away. I seriously think a .22 would have done a better job, when I was kid my stepdad used to poach deer that were in our garden with a .22 rifle at 40 yards. He would hit them in the head and they dropped like a rock. I got rid of that P-32 and now my "pocket gun" is a Ruger LCR loaded with .38+P hollowoints.