327 magnum... am I just crazy?

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  1. GarrettJ

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    I worked up to that top load. That one wasn’t terribly consistent, giving velocities between 1674 and 1836 from a 5.5” Blackhawk. Some of the lower charges gave more consistent performance.

    In spite of this, the top end load gave the best accuracy, with an 8-shot group of 1.7” at 25 yards.

    I never really noticed the blast, although everyone talks about it. I shoot outdoors with hearing protection. Seemed similar to .357 Mag to me.
     
  2. RealGun

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    The 327 report got more attention from others at the range than that of my bigger magnums.
     
  3. GarrettJ

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    If we’re looking to get people's attention, H110 may be the way to go. It seems to produce much more flash and boom than AA#9 in some of my other magnum handguns. I may have to work up some .327 loads with that powder.

    Example of flashy/boomy stuff:

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  4. contender

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    i have a pair of LCR's in 327 and 357.
    The only 327 load i have tried is the gold dot 100 gr. The recoil is less, but the concussion (for lack of a better word) is worse than the 110 gr or 158 gr 357 loads i tried. I can tell the difference with my old ear muffs.

    Hearing protection is all fine and good at the range. But I would really wonder what damage the concussion from the 327 would do to me or anyone near me if used in a room with no hearing protection available.

    To those ends, my carry loads are the critical defense 32 HR magnums. First consideration is recoil management in which the H&R load shines. 2nd consideration is the concussion.
     
  5. SDGlock23

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    I've considered a 327 a few times and would still like to have a few, maybe one day I will but so far I can't get past the fact that it's by far cheaper to just go the 38/357 route.
     
  6. RealGun

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    327, like a number of others, amounts to a gun for a reloader. To just pick a chambering based upon the cheapest and most available commercial ammo is a no brainer.
     
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  7. TTv2

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    Yeah, that's really where .32 revolvers find themself and have for a long time. The biggest issue with the .32 is the H&R Magnum is exorbitantly expensive, twice the price than Federal .327 ammo is. For .32 S&W Long and .327, the price is right in line with .38 and .357, and when I compare Federal .327 ammo to .357, I'm not talking weak .38 +P+ level crap like Armscor or Magtech, I'm talking full power stuff like what Federal makes.
     
  8. SDGlock23

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    That's just it though, I've reloaded for years and it's still way cheaper to do 38/357. Maybe I'll get into the 32's one day but that day isn't today.
     
  9. RealGun

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    Well, first you have to want to experience the cartridge and the guns that shoot it. Just trying to be the cheapest is way too boring.
     
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  10. Autodidactic

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    I don't have any other feedback beyond I want one.
     
  11. TTv2

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    Once you get past the buying brass stage (because you're never going to find any for free at the range) the bullets are cheap; I regularly get 500 rd bags for under $60 and you can use the Berry's .32 bullets that come in a 1000 rd box for $50 when on sale.

    All that said, there's only two or three guns worth getting in the caliber and that's a snub like the LCR, a single action, and maybe a lever action, but I'm starting to wonder what .327 from a 20 inch barrel does that makes it worth buying.
     
  12. jmohme

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    Math is hard.
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  13. RealGun

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    But a myriad of variations in bolt rifles is okay? Like many others, it is good to share ammo between side arm and long gun when trekking about, so if 327 is one's handgun choice, a 327 rifle will be considered. To allow full power in a rifle, that same ammo would pair better with the GP100.
     
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