Yes, that’s correct. Reloadable rimfire ammo for your obsolete guns.
I can now shoot my original rimfires, most notably my 1863 Colt Pocket Navy conversion.
The company HC Collection in France produces these kits for .32 Rimfire, .32 Rimfire Long, .38 Rimfire, and .41 Rimfire, as well as several pinfire calibers. I bought one to try out.
The Loading Process
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 specification for .32 Rimfire.
Note that this requires a standard .22 blank cartridge for use as the primer. DO NOT use a .22 or 6mm nailgun powerload. DO NOT use any sort of smokeless powder. Also note to fill the case fully with the correct grain powder (FFFg should be correct for a .36), but check an authoritative blackpowder 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 HC Collection kit contains depriming tools and a powder ladle.
Consider It An Investment
I may 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. – MZW