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Anyone buy a .327 magnum yet? Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gunnutery, Apr 6, 2010.

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  1. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Member

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    Famous last words of the strong-willed man, just before he succumbs. :evil:
     
  2. Guillermo

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    you are probably right
     
  3. nitetrane98

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    I've got a whole bunch of reasons for wanting one but can't seem to find one good enough to actually plunk down the cash.

    1. Based on my younger days building hotrod engines, anything called a 327 just has to be good.
    2. In a bit of convoluted logic, if popular ammo isn't available, it's possible that there may still be a box or two of the oddballs still on the shelf.
    3. I'd get to buy another reloading setup.
    4. Still being relatively new on the scene, there's the opportunity for a rich "gotcha moment" when you say, "It's a .327 Magnum." "A WHAT?, you mean .357 Magnum, there's no such thing as a .327 magnum." I have several wannabe "expert" friends who would jump all over that. Priceless.

    On the down side, I'm pretty much a target/plinker type shooter and don't go in too much for the snubby type guns. Give me a 6" barrel on something like a Trooper MkIII frame.
     
  4. weregunner

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    No problems there. Guess I am too used to being at another forum where those who don't need a .32 caliber is read normally that there is no reason for any gun in that caliber. Happens just a bit too much for my tastes over there. Sorry about that.

    I also just wanted to lay the ground work for those interested in the .32s.

    Sorry if I went a bit off on that.

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  5. MikeKeyW

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    I have a 632 Carry Comp Pro and love it. It's my 5th .32, they start with a .32 S&W (which many misname as the .32 short) up to the .327 Federal.
    As far as new cartridges go look at the .40 S&W, it was the new kid on the block in 1990 (20 years already? :what:I'm getting old...)and look where it is today. It also went counter-evolutionary, it was a downsized from a 10mm (also a new offering at the time) instead of maximizing a existing caliber. The trend being to lengthen the case or neck a larger case down in order to cram more powder behind the projectile for balls to the wall performance. There was only one other cartridge in that diameter too(other than the Herter's .401 Powermag which most have probably never heard of), the .41 Magnum, which while having a dedicated following never achieved much of a market presence.
    I think a 6 shot J frame size revolver with the power level that the .327 Federal offers fills a niche that there is a market for. With the Obama induced ammo shortage it's gotten off to a slow start but I hope that is coming to an end and I can get some good range time in with my 632 and quantity of .327.
     
  6. Landric

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    I don't have a 327 Federal revolver. I do have several .32 H&R Magnum revolvers. I really enjoy both loading and shooting the .32 H&R. Once one has some brass its very low cost to load, and the brass lasts a long time. It costs me only slightly more to shoot cast lead .32 H&R than it does to shoot .22LR, and I find the .32 H&R a lot more fun. I'll probably eventually get a 327 Federal revolver just because its the natural extension of the .32 H&R. In the event that anyone in my family decides to use it as a defense gun, a 115 grain bullet at 1400 fps is a lot better than a cat sneeze.
     
  7. mesinge2

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    Found this on http://www.brassfetcher.com/index_files/Page588.htm

    This thread is making me really want one,:cuss:
     
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  8. Sheepdog1968

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    I would term this an odd duck caliber. I try very hard to stick to very common calibers. It tends to keep costs down and makes it easier to find them. My list of common calibers is as follows: 22 LR, 38/357, 9mm, 44 mag, 45 acp, 223, 30-30, 308, 30-06, 20 gauge, 12 gauge. I put 380, 40 cal, 45 long colt, and 30 carbine in the fringe category. Yes, these fringe calibers are popular but again I distinguish them from odd ducks and common. I am fine if others disagree with my listing of these or others. I could even argue to move the 30-30 into fringe. Anything outside of the ones I call common I try really hard to avoid as it is just one more ammo I need to keep in stock. It doesn't mean I wouldn't own it. It means I think really hard.
     
  9. Guillermo

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    it is all good
     
  10. m2steven

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    I've had one for over a year. It's a Ruger sp101 and is a wonderful revolver. I've shot everything through it, 32short/long/magnum/327/wadcutters. The pistol is extremely versatile. The 327 round itself comes in regular, heavy, and really heavy and is most fun to shoot.

    I shoot a lot of bricks and concrete blocks and have compared the 327 vs the 357 mags and frankly, I can tell the 357 is a little hotter than the 327 but when i'm carrying the 327 I feel fully armed. It's an extremely hot little round and does a tremendous amount of damage.

    When you downshoot to the little 32 short - it feels like a water pistol in comparison.

    Having now shot about 100 rounds of 32 magnum, I can't figure out why that round never caught on. It's a very nice powerful round.
     
  11. crusty81

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    I have 400 rounds of 32 mags ,100 new starline brass never loaded! i can get you 32 long and shorts too! drop me a line will load to your order 30 bucks a box per 50! love to load my berrys 71 gr copper plated i have 300 left! dont wait!
     
  12. MMCSRET

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    I had my Target Patriot out again today; still doing load development. 50 Round of Lyman cast 311316, 115 gr. gas checked over a max charge of AA#7, good but I'm going to move to a slower powder, AA#9 or 2400 and see what I can do.
    Good gun and a good cartridge!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Maybe I'll try Blue Dot.
     
  13. MMCSRET

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    duplicate deleted!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. 20nickels

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    H. Bowen is doing .32 K frame conversions. Light bullet handloads easily made 2000 fps out of a 6" tube. :)
     
  15. JimGnitecki

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    Crusty81: I think I just read that you arte offering to make and sell ammunition to others. I assume you have a Type 6 FFL to manufacture ammunition (for others)?

    Making and selling ammunition TO OTHERS without that FFL is a Federal felony. There is also a Federal excise tax of 11% that must be paid by the FFL for every round sold.

    Also, whether you sell or GIVE to others ammunition that you have made, you want to be insured for liability if something goes wrong.

    If you are indeed an FFL, I apologize to you for this post, but I haven't been on the board long enough to know, and wanted to warn you if you are NOT an FFL.

    Jim G
     
  16. peyton

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    Call me stupid but I would go crazy when s&w makes a K frame 327!! I handled the new 632, whipped out the plastic and the clerk said "We don't take that card" Curses and hell fire!!! I have several 32 mag relovers and want a 327 now. Reloading is where it gets reasonable, still looking for 327 brass.
     
  17. Marvin KNox

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    I've gone off on this one elsewhere so I won't go into it in detail again here.

    I'll just say that IMO it's a loud, long barreled, small-bore solution to a non-existent problem - in so far as concealed carry guns go.

    The shortage of ammo is an ongoing issue and probably will stay that way as long as there are other deservedly more popular calibers to turn out ammo for.

    However - you just can't have too many guns. I know people with a couple of dozen handguns and some of them are no more practical than the 327. So - why not get one of these as well? This is still America for a while yet.:)
     
  18. MMCSRET

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    I agree with everything Marvin KNox said. Thats why I wanted one, I didn't have one so why not. So far ammunition hasn't been a problem, I cast my bullets and load my own and have enough cases to do me for the forseeable future.
     
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