Ruger GP-100: .357 vs .327 Federal, which do you recommend?


April 18, 2011, 08:46 PM
So, I've been planning to pick up a GP-100 in .357. However, I just learned that there is also a version in .327 federal. I have no experience with this cartridge, but the tech-specs and reviews I've read of it look pretty good. What do you guys think of the cartridge?

I like the 7-shot capacity, but that's just neat and isn't a deal-maker for me. However, it seems the .327 version is cheaper than the .357. Is this because the cartridge just isn't popular, or is there some technical issue that makes it less desirable than the .357 version?

Also, how easy is it to find ammo for this? Is it equatable in price to .357? I understand it can also fire various .32 cartridges as well, so that's nice I guess.

Okay, that was kind of rambling. Here's what I'm really interested in: People who have experience with the GP-100 in .327 Federal, how would you rate? Would you recommend it over the .357, is it about equal, or should I just spring for the .357?

Thanks in advance, you guys are great!

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Black Butte
April 18, 2011, 09:17 PM
I would consider a six-shot SP-101 in .327 Federal, but if I was getting a GP-100, it would be chambered for the .357 Magnum. Why buy a tank and load it with BB's?

April 18, 2011, 10:54 PM
I've had the 327 Ruger for a while now and would not go back to 357 in a small revolver again. Fully warmed up they will earn your respect, and are much more enjoyable to shoot.

April 18, 2011, 11:05 PM
I just recently bought a .327 sp101 and am enjoying the heck out of it. Almost .357 performance from a much smaller package. Ammo can be a bit hard to find though. If it is your only handgun get the .357 as you can find it on every street corner. Or the better solution is to get both :D

April 18, 2011, 11:46 PM
Personally, I'd only recommend .327 Federal Magnum (and compatible calibers) for those who have difficulty shooting .38 Special or heavier calibers. Part of the reason is its relatively limited ammo availability and the smaller variety of loads for .32 handgun calibers in general. Having a capacity of 6 instead of 5 is a pretty good reason to consider it for small-frame revolvers, but if you want 7 instead of 6 in a medium-frame revolver, then you can have it in .357 Magnum with the S&W 686 Plus ( if you're willing to pay for it (you can even have 8 rounds if you go one size larger (, and big surprise, it costs even more! ;)). Otherwise, the GP100 in .357 Magnum is probably the best way to go, in my opinion.

April 19, 2011, 09:00 AM
Recoil of the heavy GP 100 in a .357 is IMHO negligible if one is acustomed .

April 19, 2011, 10:50 AM
I'd only get the .327 if you're looking at varminting or a trail gun. It's a powerful and flat-shooting cartridge. Otherwise, I'd stick with the .357 for the cheaper practice.

April 19, 2011, 01:02 PM
Part of what makes the GP100 such a great gun is it's versatility. Mild to Heavy, it can do it all. I agree the .327 is a neat little round, but bang for your buck-go with the.357mag version. I doubt the .327 version stays in production very long, not knocking it, just my opinion.

April 19, 2011, 08:15 PM
If you reload 327's are cheaper to shoot.

April 19, 2011, 09:03 PM
My wife carries a 2" 32 H&R mag and shoots a 686 in .38sp at the range to stay focused. I would like to see a .327 come out in a 6" barrel offering to give her a better target shooter off the bench.

Deaf Smith
April 19, 2011, 09:50 PM
Thing with the .357 magnum is you can make it a .38 special any day of the week just by getting .38s but a .327 will never be a .357 magnum no matter what you stuff in it.


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