UMC 32 Ideal


#1

I found a single cartridge in a bin and was taken by the unusually humble name of this cartridge. Unfortunately, entering “ideal” into IAA search produces a million of responses. I already know that it is a pre WWI cartridge. If anyone remembers any of its history, I am willing to listen.


#2

This cartridge was developed in 1903 for Stevens mod 44 and 44 1/2 singleshot rifles.
It is an improvement over the older 32 Extra long Ballard, with inside lubrication, slightly longer case and larger base/rim diameters.


#3

sksvlad

THE .32 IDEAL CARTRIDGE WAS DESIGNED BY RIFLESMITH AND WRITER, REUBEN HARWOOD OF SOMMERVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS. HE WAS ALSO THE DESIGNER OF THE .22 HARWOOD HORNET (BASED THE .25-20 SS CARTRIDGE NECKED DOWN). USING THE NOM DE PLUME, IRON RAMROD, HE WAS A FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO, “SHOOTING & FISHING”, A EARLY NEWSPAPER FORMAT PUBLICATION DEDICATED TO PUBLISHING INFORMATION FOR THE NATION’S HUNTERS, FISHERMEN, AND TARGET & TRAP SHOOTERS. HE ALSO DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED RELOADING TOOLS AT HIS GUN SHOP IN SOMMERVILLE.