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Old 04-21-2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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Reloading .32 S&W Blanks-Track Starter Pistol

I probably have a new question for you some of you seasoned reloading vets on here:

I am a junior high track coach and assistant athletic director where I teach and am looking for input on reloading blanks for track starter pistols for two reasons. First, a box of blanks costs the athletic department $40-$50. In our league, the ADs have decided to furnish blanks for our officials to use. This is just as much as the official running the meet gets paid, so he/she wouldn't make anything if officials had to buy their own rounds. While we only have a handful of home meets, this does add up and seems silly to spend this much when reloading would be a significant cost savings.

Second, blanks are becoming increasingly more difficult to find as ammunition manufacturers are, mot likely, focusing production on live rounds to meet demand. I have not done an extensive search myself, but I have heard from other ADs and track officials blanks are nearly impossible to find in the current ammo frenzy. We have a half box left, which should get us through our last home meet, but I am starting to worry how long this will last.

After speaking to a guy at the ammo counter of my LGS, I got some ideas. He said either buy live .32 rounds, pull the bullets, and cap the end with cardboard or reload. The problem with reloading lies in the roll crimp on the fired blanks. I would need something to hold the power in the case that does not have the potential to become a projectile when fired. Manufactured blanks use a thin piece of cardboard, but I don't know how one would go about inserting the cardboard cap past the roll crimp.

I believe I've got all the components to reload-a whole coffee can of spent blank casings, small pistol primers, and powder. Since the Athletic Department isn't selling these and since there is no actual projectile, I don't foresee any legal implications that would hinder reloading.

So, I am asking: Does anyone have experience reloading blanks and is there any law or possible legal snafu that would prohibit providing track officials with reloaded blank rounds? I would hate to have to cancel our home meets next season if this continues.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:51 AM   #2
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Use a thin sheet of styrofoam, and an 32 cal shell casing to cut the wads. You'll need a super fast pistol powder, something along the line of Clays. Crimp heavy.
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I forgot to mention I need a power that smokes quite a bit so timers can start the stopwatch on the smoke not the delayed sound on the round.

Is black powder safe to use?
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If anyone finds .32 S&W blanks for sale while looking for ammo, please let me know.

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