New .32 H&R Magnum Load From High Desert Cartridge


Based in Goldendale, Washington, the High Desert Cartridge Company is now branching out from big-bore magnums and autoloader rounds into the zippy .32 H&R Magnum. [HDCC]

New options are coming to market for fans of the .32 H&R Magnum. High Desert Cartridge is bringing three new loads to market this year, with two already available for purchase on their website and another listed as coming soon.

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The .32 H&R Magnum doesn’t get the same love as the .44 Magnum or even the .357 Magnum. Dirty Harry didn’t shoot a .32. But in the early 1980s, firearms manufacturers thought there was a market for fast-moving, light-bullet rounds that would offer hard-hitting power with less recoil. These days, H&R is probably best-remembered for its single-shot rifles and shotguns that offered maximum bang-for-buck until the Savage Axis came along and established bolt-action rifles in the budget hunting market (H&R is still in business, now as a brand name used on retro M16s sold by Palmetto State Armory).

But back in the 1980s, H&R was still making and selling revolvers, and they reckoned that many shooters would appreciate a fast-moving round with a bullet that tumbled on impact, causing severe tissue damage. Thus came the .32 H&R Magnum.

High Desert Cartridge Company

These days, the self-defense market is hotter than ever, and that means a lot of demand for revolvers that are easy to conceal and easy to shoot. The .32 H&R Magnum has been eclipsed by the .327 Magnum to a certain extent, but there are still many revolvers built for the H&R-developed round. Now, High Desert Cartridge is meeting that demand.

High Desert Cartridge has three different loadings available: a 98-grain wadcutter-style bullet moving at 805 fps, a 100-grain jacketed hollow-point (Hornady XTP) moving at 850 fps, and a 100-grain TMJ that is not out yet but coming soon. Pricing for a 50-round box of the wadcutter loads is $40, and the JHPs are $50 for a box of $50. There’s no price listed for the TMJ loads yet.

Want to try some of these rounds out? Find more details at the High Desert Cartridge website, or call them at 509-772-2726 for info on availability.

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