Michael Z. Williamson
Reloadable Rimfire Ammunition- Review
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    Reloadable Rimfire Ammunition

    HC Collection
    Review Date
    January 2021

    HC Collection in France produces these kits for .32 Rimfire, .32 Rimfire Long, .38 Rimfire, and .41 Rimfire, as well as several pinfire calibers.

    The .32 Rimfire kit contains cartridge cases, bullets, swaging tools and dies, and comes in a wooden case. Because it shipped from overseas, it did not contain primers, but those are readily available here.

    As you can see from the photos, the cases are machined with an offset pocket for a .22 blank, that serves as the primer. The cases have to be properly indexed for a revolver, and manually loaded for a rifle even if it is a repeater.

    The instructions are clear, and the process is simple. Swage the case to size if it isn't already. Insert case in the die base, place the bullet, and then tap the die with a mallet to seat the bullet. The die depth is setable and adjustable with a wrench.

    If the bullet is oversized for your firearm's bore, the die can be inverted and the bullet tapped through to reduce its diameter .1mm (about .0039). The provided bullets measured .317, which is very close to factory spec for .32 Rimfire.

    The seated case in the die is then inverted, black powder added, and the blank pressed carefully in place with a wooden block--this is the necessary sequence since the rim is sensitive to ignition and should not be placed in the hard metal of the die base. I had no issues doing this, but do it over a wooden surface, and press carefully just in case. The die is sturdy enough to contain a discharge, but you don't want a hard metal surface underneath.

    Note that this requires a standard .22 blank. DO NOT use a .22 or 6mm nailgun powerload. Also note to fill the case fully with the correct grain powder (FFFg should be correct, but check a loading table and compare to your weapon, keeping in mind that antiques should be professionally inspected before use, if you are unsure of the condition). A partially filled case can lead to chamber explosions. If in doubt, consult a reloading text on fillers to match the propellant.

    The kit contains depriming tools and a powder ladle.

    This isn't an inexpensive investment, but you can order extra cases (I got a total of 36), and they should last multiple reloads, since the pressure is low. This makes obsolete rimfire firearms viable and functional again.

    I'll add to this review after I can gauge shooting accuracy.

    Note that some banks simply will not process an international charge or transfer to France. Both my bank and PayPal card declined. Remitly doesn't serve France. Ironically, Xoom, managed by PayPal, did.

    Shipping took about two weeks.

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