Ammo for a Kel-Tec P32

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    Ammo for a Kel-Tec P32

    Considering the purchase of a Kel-Tec P32 and was wondering what defesive ammo people recommend. I know a .380 would be better but as this gun will only be carried around the farm, I have decided on the .32 and therefore would appreciate only posts relating to .32acp ammo. Thanks in advance for any info.

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    I gave my P-32 to my daughter a number of years ago, but still often carry a Seecamp .32 as a third gun. (My daughter calls the P-32 her "hooker pistol.") In either, I've carried WW Silvertips, Speer Gold Dots and Cor-Bon JHPs. My Seecamp is presently stuffed with the Cor-Bon load, which is what I'd also finally settled on for the Kel-Tec, as it was about the hottest round available. When I had the P-32, I found that it would run 100% with anything I fed it.

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    I would suggest that with a 32 acp the round does not have the energy or mass to both penetrate and expand to a significant degree. You have to chose one or the other. In my opinion, you need a non-expanding round to allow for enough penetration to make sure you can reach and penetrate the target's vitals. The simplist answer is to buy any well known brand of FMJ. However, the best round I have found for the P-32 is oddly enough a SJHP made by Fiochett. The round does not expand from the P-32's short barrel, but the exposed lead at the nose does deform to give the round a wadcutter profile, a flat nose with sharp sides which will - unlike round nose FMJ ammunition- cut a full size wound channel 13 or more inches deep.

    One thing you do need to take into account with 32 ammunition is that because it is simi rimless it is prone to rim lock when you use the shorter JHP's, including Fiochett's and Winchester's. JHP's will move forward under recoil in the magazine, allowing their semi rim to slide in front of the semi rim of the round above it, locking that round in place to create a failure to feed. The longer FMJ rounds don't rim lock because they cannot move forward under recoil since the magazine is sized to fit their length, leaving no room for movement. If you use the Fiochett, please call and buy the rimlock kit from Kel Tec. It is under $20 and simple to put into the magazine. It essentially narrows the magazine so there is no room for the shorter JHP's to move forward. However, you cannot use FMJ's in a magazine with the kit.

    Hope this helps- conwic

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    great post conwic...

    i carry a p32 bug and as a primary in certain situations...fmj is my only choice because of the lack of penetration with hollow points...big holes are nice but when they arent deep enough to do harm they are no good to you...you need to be confident that the bullet is going to reach a vital or bore a long enough hole to cause some bleeding and damage...every report ive read about hollow points in a .32 is not very comforting...it is a rather anemic round and any expansion drops penetration considerably...put clothing in fornt of that and you might as well throw the gun at them...

    run the heaviest fmj you can for the best penetration...you need to carry some energy to the target...they are available in 73gr...71 is the norm...

    this is a close quarters eyes ears nose and throat specialist gun....put it where it will do the most harm and make every shot count....

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    I do realize that JHP ammo is almost useless in a .32 and have decided to loaded it with FMJ but more than likely it will be Buffalo Bore 75 gr. hardcast
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    I carry Cor Bon JHP in mine. The spare magazines I have around mostly have PMC JHP in them, although I have some with Silvertip. The Cor Bon (expensive) and the PMC (cheap) were the most consistant performers. The Gold Dot and Hydra Shok were the worst in the .32 even though they are great in bigger calibers. The Silvertips that I shot into water and wet newspaper all half expanded and then tumbled over and over. The XTPs I tested from Hornady didn't expand from my KT or a longer barreled Savage I have. If you want a non expanding round ( and I prefer HP myself but I understand why some don't) the XTP would be a good pick. It seems more likely to dig into bone rather than deflecting off like a RN or FMJ might and will stay together the same.

    I have seen a KT with the beginnings of frame peening after firing the Buffalo Bores. I think it's too much for the design. If you must, keep a fresh recoil spring in it.
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    I carry Fiocchi FMJ .32 in mine. From what I've researched, .32 JHP won't expand much, if at all and you're better off using a hot Euro .32 like the Fiocchi.

    Some people use Buffalo Bore, but I chose to pass on that since it's so expensive and I like to fire a good number of rounds of defensive ammo to make sure it functions well, and the P32 can't take too many rounds of this stuff, it's a bit too powerful.
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    Fiocchi FMJ is what I use in mine.
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    Any kind of FMJ will work but if you are looking for hollow points then go for Speer GDHP
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    I've decdided on FMJ, what is the best choice? Also, I saw some Extreme Shock ammo that sounds decent, anybody have experince with this ammo? What about Glasser Saftey Slugs or Magsafe prefragmented ammo?

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    Ammo for a Kel-Tec P32

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    Considering the purchase of a Kel-Tec P32 and was wondering what defesive ammo people recommend. I know a .380 would be better but as this gun will only be carried around the farm, I have decided on the .32 and therefore would appreciate only posts relating to .32acp ammo. Thanks in advance for any info.
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    I thought of something else, anybody know of WC or SWC loads for the .32? What about getting a SWC bullet and loading your own rounds?

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    I have both Silver Tips and some Fiocchi, but regardless, you won't need a lot of ammo. test the gun, then let your finger heal...then slip it into your pocket.
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    In any caliber below .380 acp I like fmj ammo for penetration like a lot of others on here. Those are .22 (solids), .25 and .32 acp.. I don't know if Hornady will ever make Critical Defense .32 acp, but if they ever do then that would become my choice for self defense.
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