I took the boy out today and decided to let him shoot a handgun for the first time. I have an old S&W revolver in .32 S&W Long. I had managed to scare up a couple of boxes of Federal factory loads with 98gr RN lead bullets... I have no idea how old these actually are since the gun shop owner actually looked surprised he had any when he found them.
Well, introduction of the DA revolver went pretty well until it came time to eject the empties... had a pretty tough time ejecting the shells- had to go to work on the rims with a pocketknife to get them to budge.
Turns out nearly every case had split about 1/3 to 1/2 of it's length. Out of 25 shells, only 4 did not split.
I know the gun is completely unmodified and it's in remarkable condition for it's age. Cartridges are factory loads and I'm surprised to see case splits at the .32s anemic pressure levels.
Anyone got any ideas?