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Old 12-31-2019, 08:46 PM
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Hornady .32 ACP 60gr XTP in Clear Ballistics Gel.



Test Gun: Beretta 70
Barrel length: 3.5 inches.
Ammunition: Hornady .32 ACP 60gr XTP
Test media: 10% Clear Ballistics Gel.
Distance: 10 feet.
Chronograph: Caldwell Ballistic Precision Chronograph G2.
Five shot velocity average: 800fps
Gel Temperature 70 degrees.

A new caliber I thought some would be interested in seeing. While the .32 ACP has largely been overshadowed by the .380 there still some people who may consider it as a carry round.

I got a five-shot average velocity of 800fps with a high of 838 and a low of 718fps. Shoots a little low at 5 yards. The one round out of the group was a called flyer.


Five rounds offhand at 5 yards.

The first round in the bare gel had a velocity of 780fps and penetrated to 12.25 inches. The recovered weight was 59.9 grains and there was no expansion, It tried to expand but didn’t quite make it. Round number two had a velocity of 726fps and penetrated to 20 inches. Odd I know but that’s what it did. Again, there was no expansion and the recovered weight was 60 grains.



In case you can’t Guess there was no expansion with either of the rounds in the clothed covered gel. The first round had a velocity of 764fps and it penetrated to 14 inches, the recovered weight was 60.1 grains. The second round was very similar and had a velocity of 832fps and penetrated to 13.5 inches with a weight of 60.1 grains also.

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Old 12-31-2019, 09:33 PM
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A standard FMJ would have been nice for comparison.
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Old 12-31-2019, 09:40 PM
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A standard FMJ would have been nice for comparison.
I'm going t do some in the future.
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:28 PM
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Very curious, can you also test glasser? I have those in my NAA but have no idea if they will do anything
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Old 12-31-2019, 10:31 PM
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The general consensus about the .32 ACP seems to be: Use the FMJ, especially the hotter European made cartridges like Fiocci or S&B.
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A lot of people tend to Poo Poo these rounds.

The .32 ACP as well as the .380 ACP. But I did some testing on both of them a couple of years ago. Additionally I posted the results of them on this forum. The impression that I came away with from the less than scientific tests that I conducted. Well let it suffice to say that I was fairly impressed by these rounds.

That is not to say that these would be my first choice with which to go into harms way with. But that they will certainly put a lot of hurt into a potential bad guy or any one else for that matter.

Interestingly enough, the informal testing that I performed did not reveal a much higher level in terms of performance with the .380 ACP over the .32 ACP. With expansion largely being non existent with either round. This consisting largely of penetration alone. This being found to be pretty good all things considered.

I actually carry a Colt 1903 pocket hammerless in .32 ACP around with me quite often. I do not really consider it a show stopper in the event of a real heavy hard core criminal element intent on taking me down. But I do have a great deal of faith inasmuch as it will provide for some serious attitude adjustment on the part of some dope head that views me as an easy mark.
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Old 01-01-2020, 03:29 AM
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I long ago decided, that should I ever start carrying a .25, .32 or .380, I would carry ball ammo. Reliability just might be better than with some of the JHP designs available. And, though I've been assured that velocity doesn't matter much with modern expanding bullets, I suspected that the relatively low velocities might be iffy in producing any significant expansion.........ymmv

Thanks again 5pins.
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My Seecamp .32 is recommended to use Winchester Silvertips , which have a thin aluminum jacket.
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Old 01-01-2020, 11:47 AM
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My Seecamp .32 is recommended to use Winchester Silvertips , which have a thin aluminum jacket.
Same here. If it's an early LWS, WW Silvertips are the only ammo recommended, and usually the only one that will feed reliably.

When my pistol was new, I laid in 500 rounds of this stuff, figuring it would last me 'forever', as it's not a range gun, just a summer 'just in case'.

A bit of gun-porn, just 'cuz.....



The .32ACP: 'Better than nothing'.....
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Gotta throw this out because I was reminded of it a couple years ago. The XTP projectile itself was originally designed as a hunting round. It has notoriously crappy expansion. Tailor making expansion attributes for each caliber has not been on the front burner. There are obviously far better choices if expansion is your game. In a 32......Iíll personally take the penetration.
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