This isn’t strictly related to ammunition collecting, but since this group is the most ammunition-oriented one I know of, I’m posting an appeal for help in getting .32 Rimfire brought back into production.
As we all know, the .32 RR is one of several rimfire calibers that were “casualties” of the Second World War when ammunition makers tooled up to fill contracts with the government for vast of small arms ammunition, and brass and lead were strategic materials that had to be allocated to other calibers. By 1942 the civilian market for the larger rimfire calibers was going soft due to improvements in the performance of .22 Long Rifle. While ammo companies had acceptable reasons to discontinue production even after the war production was never resumed. Existing quantities fed the civilian market for a while but eventually dried up. The last .32 RF made was the batch that CBC produced under contract with Navy Arms Company. It was made only for a short for a short time; prices for a box of this excellent stuff—when you can find it at all—have skyrocketed. CBC’s product was very accurate and excellent for small game.
There are thousands of high-quality firearms chambered for .32 RF sitting in closets or safes or hanging on walls gathering dust. Adapting them have to shoot .32 centerfire calibers is unwise: altering them hurts their collector’s value and inevitably someone will load ammunition far too hot for relatively weak actions, destroying not only the rifle but possibly also the shooter. It would be far better to provide new ammunition and let the old guns “speak for themselves” in the field. And that is my point: there are no better small game rounds than the larger rimfire calibers, including most especially the .32 Rimfire. The cross section of the .32 bullet, coupled with its mass, makes it a very, very effective killer on small game, without excessive meat damage. The old saying “You can eat right up to the hole,” applies.
I suppose there has to be some obligatory “ammo collection” content to this appeal, so I’ll point out that if it’s re-introduced, new variants and boxes will appear and can be added to personal collections. So here is my proposition: I ask that all members of the Association contact the ammunition makers, especially Navy Arms and/or CBC, and ask them to bring the .32 Rimfire back onto the market, even if only in one or two batches per year.
Navy Arms LLC, 54 Dupont Road, Martinsburg WV 25404
I hope some savvy marketing executive will take notice that a market exists for cartridges to be used in the guns that served our fathers and grandfathers well.