ammo carried in the p32?

Discussion in 'P-32' started by jonholl, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. Greg B.

    Greg B. Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    North Carolina
    Anybody ever shot any PMC Bronze ?
    I had to go to my office today and stopped at Dunham Sporting Goods and they had it for $19.99 per 50. I picked up 300 rounds. Looking online that price is better than I see anywhere else (at least for anything in stock)
    I've shot a fair amount of it in 9mm and found it to be above average for range ammo.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2020
  2. alnico357

    alnico357 Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2011
    NC ARkansas
    I remember the PMC Bronze being dirty. It functioned OK IIRC.

  3. mark40

    mark40 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Same here.

    I just picked up some American Eagle, no

    Fiocchi was available. Will report back on the AE.
  4. Greg B.

    Greg B. Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    North Carolina
    I just shot 50 rounds of the PMC. All went bang, all cycled the gun properly. Shot 1 1/2" to 2" groupings at 15 feet. That's about the best I can do with it anyway.
  5. alnico357

    alnico357 Well-Known Member

    Mar 5, 2011
    NC ARkansas
    You are ready to go!
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  6. Pinstriper

    Pinstriper Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2011
    No, they don’t. There is no such animal as +p for .32 acp except in the minds of Underwood’s marketing people. They are simply loading beyond spec, as opposed to a round with industry specs for +p.
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  7. Tex Ohfive

    Tex Ohfive Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    I would also stay clear of any .32 load called "+P". As Pinstriper says, there ain't no such animal. Besides, I avoid +P in all my handgun ammo purchases. If you look at the ballistics tests on a site like LuckyGunner this is no real advantage of +P over standard in short barreled pistols ( in Federal 9mm 124 gr HST - my 9mm carry load for example ). In my other carry caliber, .45 acp, I shoot nothing but 230 gr hardball. The reasons: 1) standard pressure 230 gr hardball is very easy on the pistol - it is what the standard 1911 is designed to shoot 2) I have shot such a vast amount of this load that it is by far the pistol and load I have the most proficiency with, I can shoot rings around any other autoloader pistol with this gun/load combo 3) it IS a .45 caliber after all, if you can hit with it how much bigger a hole is really needed?

    When I was younger I shot nothing but red-line screaming hot handloaded 200 gr Speer hp in my first 1911. I had to use shock buffers, extra strength springs, slightly altered feed ramp profile, special Pachmyer grips for control, etc. I took my loads straight from the infamous Speer #8 manual. I still have that manual. It and my old Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook are my most beloved handloading books because they are what I used when I began handloading a long time ago.

    But, I no longer handload nor buy commercial +P handgun ammo. I believe I haven't missed out on a thing.
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  8. bulwnkl

    bulwnkl Member

    Dec 27, 2019
    I'm with you fellers. 32 Auto "+P" is called getting a 32 H&R Mag or a 327 Federal. (-:
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  9. Panzerschwein

    Panzerschwein Member

    Nov 9, 2019
    Sellier and Bellot, at least the red painted primer military contract loads from a few years back, are POTENT.
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  10. azonejohnny

    azonejohnny Member

    Jul 3, 2020

    i learnt from this forum that fiocchi 73gr fmj is reliable... i just opened my second case of 1000...

    put me down for 1000+ fiocchi 73gr down the pipe... the only malfunctions were intentional limp wristing experiments...

    100% confidence...

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  11. wanderson

    wanderson Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2015
    Check out the earlier thread comparing rim profiles, Fiocchi was the only maker with a gradual case taper above the rim, every other brand was a sharp taper. In my mind Fiocchi would be less likely to rim lock. And as mentioned, it’s loaded noticeably warmer than other brands. Now if I see a good price on Magtec, Geco or S&B I won’t pass it up but the best fmj option for the money is Fiocchi.
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  12. Woodeneye

    Woodeneye Member

    Jun 29, 2019
    I have always used S&B (since 2003) and never had any issues.
  13. Woodeneye

    Woodeneye Member

    Jun 29, 2019
    I have always used S&B and been very happy (since 2003) never had any problems
  14. Blue_State_Saint

    Blue_State_Saint Active Member

    Oct 30, 2010
    I carry what’s available near me. Generally, that’s Remington 71-grain FMJ. For my purposes, it works.
  15. Bear Claw

    Bear Claw Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2017
    Can't find hardly ANY .32acp ammo....I usually always get Fiocchi FMJ 73gr... local dealer had these, any good in the P32?

    32 ammo.jpg
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  16. gonzogeezer

    gonzogeezer Active Member

    Apr 22, 2012
    S&B and Geco and Fiocchi work well for me as range ammo. I bought a small supply of older FN labeled FMJ even hotter than the S&B and it runs fine as well. I carry Lehigh Defense. I have not had rimlock on any .32 pistol, and I have quite a few, since early on when shooting my first PPK. I learned how to load the magazine and have had no rimlock since. If it was a design flaw, John Moses wouldn’t have designed it that way.
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  17. amd6547

    amd6547 Member

    May 14, 2006
    PPU is good ammo, but their whole line seems to be loaded to saami spec, meaning a little slow when compared to S&B. But it should shoot great.
  18. James C. Wildermuth

    James C. Wildermuth Member

    Jun 25, 2019
    I carry Underwood Xtreme Cavitator +P, which is not much more available, but moving forward I'll be using Underwood Xtreme Defender +P or something like the Fiocchi 73-grain or PPU 71-grain FMJ. KelTec P32.jpg
  19. Bear Claw

    Bear Claw Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2017
    That's not good to hear...I want my .32 ammo to be like the Arizona weather: HOT.
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  20. gordon11

    gordon11 Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    The ammo shortage is old news by now but I've been settling for whatever fmj I can find lately. I try to stick to Fiocchi or Aguila for carry, but have gotten less picky.