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picked up a 327 v-comp to compliment my 327 pc work gun. Just got back from shooting it; easiest shooting 357 I’ve ever held. Also surprisingly good action, best out of the box of the several pc guns I own.
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Both 8 shot 357’s cut for moon clips but the 3” is alloy frame/ti cylinder weighing 23 oz. While the v-comp is entirely stainless steel under the black paint and weighs 47oz.
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Rounding out my n frame family plan of 2 327’s and 2 629’s one each of 3” and 5” barrels. 3”ers are dedicated work guns for extended carry on the job (357 for lower 48 and 44 mag in Alaska) while their 5” counterparts are for hunting and range practice.

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327 pc 3” 23 oz.
327 v-comp 47 oz
629 3” titanium cylinder 34.5 oz.
629 5” 47 oz
 
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picked up a 327 v-comp to compliment my 327 pc work gun. Just got back from shooting it; easiest shooting 357 I’ve ever held. Also surprisingly good action, best out of the box of the several pc guns I own.
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Both 8 shot 357’s cut for moon clips but the 3” is alloy frame/ti cylinder weighing 23 oz. While the v-comp is entirely stainless steel under the black paint and weighs 47oz.
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Rounding out my n frame family plan of 2 327’s and 2 629’s one each of 3” and 5” barrels. 3”ers are dedicated work guns for extended carry on the job (357 for lower 48 and 44 mag in Alaska) while their 5” counterparts are for hunting and range practice.

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327 pc 3” 23 oz. 327 v-comp 47 oz

629 3” titanium cylinder 34.5 oz. 629 5” 47 oz
that 8 shoot looks like it’s gone thur the ZOMBIES APOCALYPSE
 
@Pat Riot i looked hard for a nightguard before I bought my 327pc … I like what I see but never handled one I person.

N frames are like rabbits. Put two in the safe and when you open it the next time it seems they have multiplied. I hate to neuter them, though so I take my chances.

I hear that storing the magnum in a quality holster reduces the chances of unplanned j-frames by up to 95%
 
i looked hard for a nightguard before I bought my 327pc … I like what I see but never handled one I person.
I haven’t handled the327 PC. My 327 NG is my very favorite revolver. I truly like it. I bought it in 2012 for $925. The price was high (to me) but I saw that 8 round cylinder and bought it.

A few years ago I decided to get another and saw what the prices were online and passed on that idea. Now they’re just ridiculous.

Here’s one on GB for $3K. I have seen them higher, like $3700.
This one looks good in their pictures but they don’t show the cylinder Rachel or breech face. Also the top are of the cylinder release where mine showed wear pretty quickly.

Edit: This one does not have the original Uncle Mike’s grip.

 
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. My 327 NG is my very favorite revolver. I
I believe it; my 327pc has been my favorite revolver (after I made longer barrels for it than the dorky 2” that came on it.)

Have you used speedloaders with yours? I’m looking at 5-star and speed bees interested in any feedback on them. Of course both my guns are cut for moon clips and I carry with a clip but they’re too fragile (imo) to carry more as reloads. For my 327 I have reloads in strips. Thinking I’d like speedloaders for the 627
 
Have you used speedloaders with yours? I’m looking at 5-star and speed bees interested in any feedback on them
I have two of the 5 Star speedloaders. They work just fine. Very bulky for carry and they rattle if you can’t secure the cartridges. They operate opposite of the HKS speedloaders I have for my J & K frames.
5 Star - counter clockwise to release cartridges
HKS - clockwise to release cartridges

I have a Speed Beez for .22 LR for my S&W 63. I actually didn’t know they made one for the 327. I need to check that out.

You mentioned changing your barrel. Are you the gent that works out in the country, woods, high desert (it should be obvious I can’t remember where) but you camp and scout for a communications company or something like that?

Edit: I forgot to mention that I have only used the 5 Star loaders at the range. I have not carried and used them much at all.
 
Are you the gent that works out in the country, woods, high desert (it should be obvious I can’t remember where) but you camp and scout for a communications company or something like that?
Yes. I’m a back country timber cruiser. We’ve interacted a few time but I suspect youre remembering this a few years back:
I have got to get me one of these. Th
I look forward to hearing what you think of the sped bees. I won’t be able to order any until to get back from my next job so you can be my guinea pig and warn me if there’s issues :)
 
Yes. I’m a back country timber cruiser. We’ve interacted a few time but I suspect youre remembering this a few years back:

I look forward to hearing what you think of the sped bees. I won’t be able to order any until to get back from my next job so you can be my guinea pig and warn me if there’s issues :)
Yep! 😀 Forgive me, I am terrible with names, handles, aliases, etc. especially If someone changes their avatar picture.

I distinctly remember your post and that thread from back then. Heck, I just re-read the whole thing again. It was a great thread. I am definitely saving it this time.
I do have one question that wasn’t quite answered from back then. What lube do you use in your 327?
You definitely have a cool and unique job.

It’ll be a month or two before I buy a Speed Beez. I retired 2 years ago so I have to be more budget minded for my gun stuff these days. I am currently putting optics on a Henry X model in .45 Colt and adding some Ranger Point parts.

By the way, acetone should remove that paint splatter on your 327, should you wish to.

Couple of years back I tried to find that thread from 2019 to show some guy that modern Smith & Wessons can take a harsh environment and continue functioning. He was hard core on another brand and I believe he was offended that I didn’t do as he said. He was a dork. 🤪
Now that I see you’re still carrying your trusty 327 PC it just solidifies my opinion on these 327s. It also makes me wonder why I leave it home and carry other guns on my jaunts into the woods. 😉
 
I do have one question that wasn’t quite answered from back then. What lube do you use in your 327?
I’m not too particular just grab something close at hand. Right now I have rem oil, silicone spray lube, and a graphite lube I alternate between… all came for free in an estate garage i cleaned out. I’m not a fan of the chromed “teardrop” hammer on my new 627 so I’m thinking of getting a new target hammer for it and putting the chromed takeouts into my 327 for better corrosion resistance.
By the way, acetone should remove that paint splatter on your 327, should you wish to.
Thanks. Every so often I clean it off with brake cleaner. Do you think acetone would be better?

Since that 2019 thread I did get a 10mm and tried it in the woods for a while (didnt pass muster). Maybe later this season I’ll write up a review of the 6-8 guns I’ve used and my reasoning.
 
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