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Not sure if this is in the right thread but here goes. I have a .327 Federal Magnum that I shoot .32 S&W Longs thru. My question is how does one know if an older .32 revolver can safely shoot the Longs or only the standard S&W cartridge? I'm guessing the cylinder length may be different but not sure. If the gun is only marked .32 S&W, does that mean no Longs, even though the cartridge was in production at the time? I know you're not supposed to shoot Longs in a gun not designed for them, but I'm not familiar enuf with the guns to know if they're markings are designated for Longs or not. Any thoughts on this? Thanx.

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You can shoot shorter rounds in the chamber ie your 327 magnum can shoot 327 Mag. 32 H&R Magnum, 32 S&W Long/32 Colt New Police or 32 S&W but of course If you have a 32 S&W revolver you cannot shoot the longer rounds and of course they will not fit in the cylinder chamber anyway. The 32 S&W Long and the 32 Colt New Police are the same round but there is a smaller around 32 Colt long and 32 Colt Short round that you do not want to try and shoot.
 

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You can shoot shorter rounds in the chamber ie your 327 magnum can shoot 327 Mag. 32 H&R Magnum, 32 S&W Long/32 Colt New Police or 32 S&W but of course If you have a 32 S&W revolver you cannot shoot the longer rounds and of course they will not fit in the cylinder chamber anyway. The 32 S&W Long and the 32 Colt New Police are the same round but there is a smaller around 32 Colt long and 32 Colt Short round that you do not want to try and shoot.
Maybe I wasn't clear on my question. I understand I can shoot the various .32s in my .327 (which I do), and I get the difference between the S&W and New Police. What I was asking was can the .32 Long be safely shot in the older (vintage?) .32 caliber revolvers. I know the case is longer so it may be a moot point if it won't work in the cylinder. The Long is also higher pressure so that may also be a factor.
How can I know if an older .32 revolver can handle the .32 Long, sight unseen? Are the guns that can handle the S&W Longs labeled as such in some way? I'm thinking about getting an older .32 revolver but don't want to be restricted to the standard S&W ctg. I reload for the Longs, but not the shorter ones.


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because it should say 32S&W Long on the barrel
 

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because it should say 32S&W Long on the barrel
Thanx. You just summed it up in less than ten words. Of all the .32 revolvers I've seen posted online, I don't recall any mentioning "Long" in the ad. Do you have any idea when those were starting to be made for the Long? The cartridge has been around for 100+ years.

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My I frame 32SWL dates from the 20s
 
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