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Can one drop the .32 H&R mag straight into the original issue cylinder of a Russian Nagant? If so that would rock!
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Will it fit, yes, but shouldn't, pressure on the mag is going to be to high.

Plus they don't fit that well, the cylinder gap is determined by the rim of the case on the Nagant. You get a huge amount of gas leakage. And when fired it tends to jam the rim part way into the chamber.

Best bet is to reload 32-20 cases or buy some nagant ammo.
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I'm always leery about firing anything other than the factory-recommended
caliber / ammo from a weapon, but running .32 H&R Magnum through the
Nagant revolver seems to be a pretty common practice, used successfully
by many people.

Do a Google Search for ".32 H&R Magnum out of Nagant Revolver" and
you'll find plenty of links to discussion threads on the topic. From those
threads, it appears that the .32 cases will bulge in the cylinder due to
minor dimensional differences from the original Nagant ammo. (I think
the Nagant ammo has a slight taper to it, while the .32 Mag is a straight
case?)

I've got an old Nagant myself. Buying ammo for the thing -- either
Nagant or .32 Mag is not a cheap proposition.

Apparently .32 S&W is another option.

So... apparently do-able. Still makes me nervous.
Do a little reading on some of the gun threads on the topic
and then obviously draw your own conclusion.
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Will it fit, yes, but shouldn't, pressure on the mag is going to be to high.

Plus they don't fit that well, the cylinder gap is determined by the rim of the case on the Nagant. You get a huge amount of gas leakage. And when fired it tends to jam the rim part way into the chamber.

Best bet is to reload 32-20 cases or buy some nagant ammo.
I checked Midway and they have lots of 32-20 ammo available, why not just shoot that? I would love to have the floodgates open and see revolvers easily available to the masses (cheap) with production ammo out there...
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I'd stay away from the .32 s&w target loads as I've had them get stuck part way through a sheet of 5/8 inch plywood.
YMMV
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Factory 32-20 won't chamber. The slight shoulder stops it.

Buuuuut I had the idea of well 32-20 cases ran thru a lee nagant die loaded to pretty much 32-20 specs, pistol, not rifle. So why not 32-20, if you knock the shoulder back. Figured at worst, I pull the bullets. Yep knock the shoulder back a little with the size die and they work fine. The bullet itself was just a little to long for the cylinder to rotate, a sliver sliced off with a knife, ready to go.

Winchester 32-20 is the same price as 32 S&W, 32 H&R, and factory nagant. But some Nagants have issues with 32-20, rim thickness binds them up. And some brands of brass do some don't. Mine worked fine. Some of the ancient pistols chambered in 32-20 are questionable so they don't load it very hot.
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Yes, you can fire .32 H&R mag and .32 S&W long in your Nagant.
Nagant's are very well built (over engineered) and will easily handle these cartridges.

I've used both in my Nagant's with zero issues.
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Use the original case ammo. 7.62x38r.
It has the gas seal feature.
Russian surplus if you can get it, or the
reloadable brass case commercial which is
vastly underpowered but good to reload to full
power at least two or three times.
I've reloaded it, it's tricky to do at first but once you
get it down, it's not hard.

.32 S&W is OK for emergencies, I've shot it in
Nagants. Probably .32 Mag if must be, but I never
tried that.
I wouldn't fool with replacement cylinders.

Nagant extraction may be slow and difficult, but for the
first seven shots you have a winner.
Double action nt so hot, but usable.
Mine was very accurate and shot to point of aim.
The revolver handles well too.
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This thing is just a horrid little revolver with something approaching a 20# trigger pull in double action. the round is unique but functionally difficult to find and essentially does nothing that the .380ACP cant do better.

they are cool just for the collecting factor but as far as being a usable revolver, they would be well below the Hi-point pistol on my list of "if I couldnt get anything else"

you can buy the ammo online and the gun is cheap but dont expect much from it. i think I actually gave mine away with about 300 rounds of rare match russian ammo for it. it wasnt even fun enough to shoot all the ammo up for me!!
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Can one drop the .32 H&R mag straight into the original issue cylinder of a Russian Nagant? If so that would rock!
You can. I do. And it does, rock, that is. Well, relative to the 762x38r cartridge.
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