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#594272 03/22/21 12:11 PM
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Is it possible to bore out a 410 to 32ga.?

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A bit more info would be helpful. You would want to look carefully at wall thickness both in the barrels and chambers.


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Originally Posted by SKB
A bit more info would be helpful. You would want to look carefully at wall thickness both in the barrels and chambers.

SXS double. I dont have the 410 but if it could be done and not something outrageously expensive, id start looking for the right gun.

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I did take an American Arms Silver O/U and added a 32 gauge barrels set to the existing 410
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32 gauge are not that great performers. You could do the same job with a 3” .410 or even with the 2 1/2” using 1/2 ounce load at 1300+FPS. The 32 is a lot like the 24 in that gauges near it do the same job. In the .410 case there are a lot of loads available but factory 32 are limited.

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Battle,
It would be easier to make or buy a 32 ga. insert for a 28 ga, or 20 ga. gun.
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KYJon beat me to the question. Absolutely not wanting to sound derogatory but, why would you want to do that? The .410 can, and will, cover the bases in the 1/2 to 3/4 ounce load range.

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I've had two 32ga SXS's. One a Belgium that i didn't shoot cause it was terribly off face a bunch. The other was a Spanish boxlock. It killed quail as good as any small bore i had at the time if i did my part. I had heard that the Spanish 10ga doubles were used to bore out to 8ga. That got me thinking about it. But to be honest I'm not sure thats true either. Thats why i was asking if it could be done to a smaller bore.

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Look at the cost. You will need to bore both barrels out to 32 gauge. Then choke them. Then you will need to have it chambered for 32 and then the ejector will need to be altered to work with 32 gauge shells. Then you will need to lay in a supply of 32 shells and then the most expensive cost will to be lay in a few coveys of quail . If 32 gauge guns would bring back the quail I would have two cabinets full of them and gladly loan you any of them.

Years ago I was interested in having a 24 gauge Darne made for me but it was pointed out that 24 gauge ammo was anemic at best and both the 20 and 28 could do what ever it could better and for less money. I hate logic sometimes.

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The problem with converting a .410 to 32 ga is primarily primer spacing. The 32 ga ammo is made in Europe primarily for old single shot "Garden Guns". The Fiocchi ammo is 1/2 oz of soft lead atop a brush wad. I think half the load is roughened up judging from the lead left in the barrel.
and.. Fiocchi hulls are not made with reloading in mind. One maybe 2 reloads and the hulls are done. and.. you have to roll crimp. I made a 32 roll crimper from a 28 by soldering in the brass ring from a spent Fiocchi hull. The ring is brass coated steel and can be made to fit.
Ballastic offers a 32 wad with petals. It's too long to fit in the Fiocchi hulls. My 32 was proofed at 70mm in 2003. I have yet to find 2 3/4" 32s in America.
I think of the 32 as a 50 cal shotgun. It's actually a bit bigger, .516? My notes are not nearby. Converting a .410 to greater than 50 cal, that's a lot metal and the primers wouildn't line up.
Better to search for a 32 ga gun.
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RST was making 32 ga ammo. It is way better than Fiocchi. I don't know about availability in today's market.

I'll have my 32 at the Southern SxS. Track me down.

Joe

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