Page Index Toggle Pages: 1 Send TopicPrint
Normal Topic Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass (Read 485 times)
ndnchf
Senior Forum Member
****
Offline



Posts: 362
Joined: Mar 6th, 2014
Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Feb 27th, 2021 at 6:42am
Print Post  
I was asked about how I make .32 Ballard Extra Long for my #2 rolling block that was originally 32 XL rimfire. The 32 Ballard XL is simply the centerfire equivalent. I'll say right up front that using 25-20 Single Shot brass is the easiest way to go. But aw we all know, this brass is quite scarce also. So I thought I'd show how I make it from commonly available 327 Federal Magnum brass. I'm sure there are other ways, perhaps better. This is just how I do it.

First trim the 327 to 32 Ballard XL length, say 1.115". Then lube well with Imperial sizing wax and run it into a 32 S&W long sizer, then into a Lee .314" push through bullet sizer (yes, a bullet sizer!, it makes a great sizing die). Working it slowly up and down, rotating the cases as you go. I cut some off the bottom of my .314” sizer die to allow the case to be sized down close to the rim. After it is sized, it will have a belt just ahead of the rim. I make a hollow, press fit plug for the case mouth, then set it in the lathe with a live center in the primer pocket. I turn the belt off and some of the body area so it is a uniform .316” diameter.

The case neck needs to be thinned a little. This can either be done on the lathe or using a neck reamer. I had Forster make me a .299” neck reamer for my trimmer, just for this purpose, so that’s what I use. .299" is the size of the heel of the Ideal/Lyman 299153 and 299154 bullet, also the Accurate 31-090S bullet. The bullet’s heel is .150” long, so I ream the case about .175” deep. After this I run it back through the .314” sizer and do a final trim to length. Then its ready to load. It's a great little cartridge, ballistically similar to the 32-20.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Oldman1950
Full Member
***
Offline



Posts: 199
Location: Virginia
Joined: Feb 8th, 2014
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #1 - Feb 27th, 2021 at 8:24am
Print Post  
Thank You for sharing this with us. I don't have a 38 but you never know

A. J. Palik
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
JLouis
Frequent Elocutionist
*****
Offline



Posts: 8527
Joined: Apr 8th, 2009
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #2 - Feb 27th, 2021 at 11:50am
Print Post  
Yes thanks for sharing and highly appreciated!
  

Every Time You Try And Fail The Closer You Are To Achieving Success.
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Green_Frog
Frequent Elocutionist
*****
Offline


"It ain't easy being green"

Posts: 3490
Location: Lynchburg, VA
Joined: Apr 18th, 2004
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #3 - Feb 27th, 2021 at 1:41pm
Print Post  
Nicely done; and since 327FM brass is readily available, this provides a good way to keep shooting without rechambering. I’d hate to see what would happen if a full house 327 round pushing 40,000psi were set off in a cast action Ballard, so this avoids that possibility.  Two thumbs up!

Froggie
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
ndnchf
Senior Forum Member
****
Offline



Posts: 362
Joined: Mar 6th, 2014
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #4 - Feb 27th, 2021 at 2:06pm
Print Post  
I much prefer to use 25-20SS brass, as it is much easier. But this is alternative with good quality, sturdy and readily available brass.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Cat_Whisperer
Frequent Elocutionist
*****
Offline


Mike Echo Oscar Whiskey

Posts: 3647
Location: Mountains of Virginia
Joined: Apr 17th, 2004
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #5 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 8:51am
Print Post  
Hmmmm.  Could the .327 Fed brass therefore be the basis for making 25-20SS?
  

Cat Whisperer (trk)
Chief of Smoke
Pulaski Coehorn Works and Skunk Works
Drafted May 1970, Retired Maj. U.S.Army
assra #9885
Back to top
WWW  
IP Logged
 
ndnchf
Senior Forum Member
****
Offline



Posts: 362
Joined: Mar 6th, 2014
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #6 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 9:29am
Print Post  
Cat_Whisperer wrote on Mar 2nd, 2021 at 8:51am:
Hmmmm.  Could the .327 Fed brass therefore be the basis for making 25-20SS?


I believe 327 would be too short.
  
Back to top
 
IP Logged
 
Cat_Whisperer
Frequent Elocutionist
*****
Offline


Mike Echo Oscar Whiskey

Posts: 3647
Location: Mountains of Virginia
Joined: Apr 17th, 2004
Re: Made some 32 Ballard Extra Long brass
Reply #7 - Mar 2nd, 2021 at 9:31am
Print Post  
ndnchf wrote on Mar 2nd, 2021 at 9:29am:
Cat_Whisperer wrote on Mar 2nd, 2021 at 8:51am:
Hmmmm.  Could the .327 Fed brass therefore be the basis for making 25-20SS?


I believe 327 would be too short.

 

sadly true!
  

Cat Whisperer (trk)
Chief of Smoke
Pulaski Coehorn Works and Skunk Works
Drafted May 1970, Retired Maj. U.S.Army
assra #9885
Back to top
WWW  
IP Logged
 
Page Index Toggle Pages: 1
Send TopicPrint