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rangerange Member Posts: 554 ✭✭✭
edited January 2014 in Ask the Experts
what is a reliable brand 32 auto ammo for the kel-tec p32 thank ou


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    pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,326 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Although I do not own a keltec my answer would be the same for any brand .There is no One perfect load for any particular pistol.What works well in my gun may or may not work well in yours even though they are identical and have sequencial serial numbers Each is an individual and two identical guns will show a preference for a particular ammo .Only way to answer this for your pistol is to buy several different brands and shoot them to see what YOUR gun likes and is dependable with
    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
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    charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 6,579 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    You could ask them, but I seem to recall the FMJ was the recommended fodder.

    google "recommended ammo for kel-tec p32" lots of reading

    1+ try some of any ammo you can find. A second or more magazine(s) might work differently. Some autoloaders require some brake in before they function correctly. Proper cleaning and lubrication will enhance the reliably.
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    rufe-snowrufe-snow Member Posts: 18,650 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I had one years ago. Always tried to feed it the European made FMJ ammo. Because i felt their stuff was loaded hotter, than our lawyer proof ammo. Actually was able to get my hands on some German made RWS ammo. That seemed to function very briskly. Haven't seen any on the market for a long time though.

    There have been so many crappy quality potmetal autos sold over the years. You can't hardly blame the ammo manufacturers for putting out a marginal product, though. Goes a long way, to towards keeping the bottom feeding lawyers off their backs.
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    lcdrdanrlcdrdanr Member Posts: 439 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have never had an issue with either of mine, a Gen 2 and a Gen 2, using Sellier & Belliot although to be completely fair both Remington and CorBon have run through them both as well, just not as many rounds with the other ammo.

    Every gun is different though so before buying in bulk I would check a box or two.

    May not make a difference but both of mine have been fluffed and buffed, feed ramp polished, etc., and both have well over 500 rounds apiece through them.

    The only round I recall having a feed issue was a CorBon frangible round with the plastic nose cone.

    Dan R
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    beantownshootahbeantownshootah Member Posts: 12,776 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by range
    what is a reliable brand 32 auto ammo for the kel-tec p32 thank ou

    I agree with above.

    Kel-Tecs are made from tumble (ie "barely") polished parts and typically function much better after break in with several hundred rounds, with manual polish of rough areas (ie "fluff and buff"), or with both.

    Its been my experience with these that none of them function reliably right out of the box. . .but see above. To the extent possible you're probably better off trying to break in the gun before you do any sort of serious ammo reliability testing.

    In the current climate of scarce ammo, you're probably going to have a hard time even finding 500 rounds of .32 ACP on a store shelf, and if you did fine them, the cost of that ammo would probably exceed the cost of the gun!

    So I think the "correct" answer here is the "best" ammo for your Kel-Tec is whichever brand you can find that cycles your gun the best. As mentioned, individual guns can be idiosyncratic, due to small differences in parts tolerance and wear patterns, and what runs well in one may not run so well in another.

    If you don't have the ability to source different kinds of ammo, then does it really matter if the ammo you can't actually get is more reliable? Conversely, if you do have the ability to source different types/brands of ammo, the best thing to do is just try different ones to see which your gun likes. There may be one it runs better than others, several types it runs well, all or even none.

    In terms of specific brands, Fiocci .32ACP is reasonably hot, and if you can find any that one should work OK. A lot of people swear by the Speer Gold Dots. In general, (and irrespective of terminal ballistic difference) ball ammo may function better than hollowpoint or other fancy bullet designs.
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    tsr1965tsr1965 Member Posts: 8,682 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    The most reliable brand of ammunition for use in your firearm, would be the ones that have it all...accuracy, and dependability. The reliability/dependability, is formost.

    There is no type of VooDoo, that we can tell you brand A will work better than Brand B or type X...something that is found by trial and error...with your gun, and yourself.

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    gunnut505gunnut505 Member Posts: 10,290
    edited November -1
    Try to find some Winchester Silvertips, they are the basis of the Seecamp pistol, and the KelTec may like them or not.
    Failing that, you could try whatever you can find that's available, and buy as many different kinds (with similar bullet styles/weights) as you can.
    If you've decided to trust your life to this gun; remember that the .32 is a puny round, capable of only minor misery unless used how it was designed for, that is sticking the muzzle into the nose, and firing all the rounds you brought, then run like hell!

    I'm convinced that it might be a decent plinker, but at $0.50 a round; it's more expensive than decent(and possibly more powerful) plinking .22 ammo.
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