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.30 Caliber rimfire short ammo

AdamsQuailHunterAdamsQuailHunter Member Posts: 1,936 ✭✭✭

On the 'Wanted' Forum - Spider7115 was looking for some but apparently has not been able to find any.

Do you think there is any possibility of pulling the bullet on a .32 caliber rimfire and sizing it down to .30 caliber and using a very light weight .30 caliber bullet??

Best Regards - AQH


  • yonsonyonson Member Posts: 863 ✭✭✭

    The .30 Short used a .286 dia. bullet of 50-58 gr. - .32 Short is .316, 80 gr. Both obsolete. (Info from COTW). Good hunting.....

  • mac10mac10 Member Posts: 2,458 ✭✭✭✭

    30 rim is super rare anywhere

  • truthfultruthful Member Posts: 1,911 ✭✭✭✭

    Not sure I'd care to try sizing down primed rimfire brass.

  • chmechme Member Posts: 1,417 ✭✭✭✭

    Sizing a primed rimfire case is very likely to fire the primer, since you would have to size all the way to the rim- and they used heel seated bullets. And you still have a rim that is too large. .32 rf Short has rim diameter of .370-.375, but the .30 rf Short is .345. Suydam's US Cartridges lists them as out of production in 1920 or earlier. I have ONE round in my collection.

  • yonsonyonson Member Posts: 863 ✭✭✭

    Colt, Marlin, Hopkins & Allen and Remington made small pocket pistols & derringers in this caliber, generally 1870s. I searched COTW for anything that could be adapted but found nothing remotely available that was even close. A frustrating quest for sure, even for those of us who don't give up easily.

    Found a couple articles where folks have made loads using round balls with interesting results, but the brass you seek seems like unobtanium.

  • SP45SP45 Member Posts: 1,758 ✭✭✭

    Check Wards Collectibles, They periodically have some in their auction.

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