Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Thomas Traddles, Dec 5, 2021.
I prefer the 32 caliber format for carry and extensive range practice. It offers that sixth round, and the 32 H&R magnum Hornady is my chosen carry load. It has less recoil and muzzle blast for me compared to 38's in the other LCR. It makes range practice accurate and fun instead of painful. My LCR 32 wears the boot grip for pocket carry.
The 327 federal magnum brings more recoil and a lot of muzzle blast and is not enjoyable for me. I can say the same thing about the 357.
Main dislike is a lack of factory loads. The 38 is much more mainstream. I reload to take care of that problem. Starline offers the 32 H&R brass. Lead bullets from casters are available.
32 S&W Long in general seems more available in my region that the 327 or 32 H&R. But the Long has a much longer history by decades, and more guns out there chambered for it. The Long out of the LCR is very tame.
Don't expect .32 ACP to work.
Have you committed to the 2 in stock at you HS, or are you committed to .327 and you’re trying to decided hammer or no?
I guess it probably comes down to how you carry it. If pocket carry is part of your practice, it’s easy I would avoid the hammer. If you’re committed to belt-only then I can see the appear of the external hammer.
I am "kicking tires" at this point. I reload .38/.357 and so the 3" .38 has greater appeal. I have gotten used to the recoil of the .38, so it is not an issue. I shoot a variety of loads from mine, my favorites being a 200 gr lyman 358430 RN, and a 160 gr lyman 358432 WC.
I don't mind shooting 327 at all, but I seem to be in the minority. 32 magnum is a pussycat. My wife can shoot it easily even with her damaged wrists.
My most common carry piece is an LCR in 38 special. If I had the 327 version, I would probably carry it instead, for the extra round.
I've had the .38 and .357 LCR's too. They kick enough that most won't fire them much. You can fire .32 short, .32 Long, or .32 mag all day if you like.
It got even better when I started reloading.
I reccomend the DAO models. The ones with a hammer spur block about half of the front sight.
That gun you saw in the store is probably gone by now. Ruger makes a batch only every few months and they are uncommon.
The 3" LCRx is still available, too. The price is 500, and the .32 is 25 or 30 bucks more. Are these fair prices?
If used but in excellent shape those are still very good prices.
But I dont believe the JHP will open at this speed. I'm honestly not sure how fast it needs to go but I'm sure .327 fed. can get it there.
But that would mean quite a bit more blast and recoil.
Time to get the 327 and start reloading 32 H&R. Your lead will make twice as many bullets. Also, there may come a time when the 38 LCR recoil is no longer comfortable.
Even if he buys bullets, like me, they are about $80/1000 shipped.
6 shots is better than 5.
Can load it from mild to wild.
Been very happy with mine.
Geco & S&B did not ignite often in mine either.
But Fiocchi and I think Blazer, did!
Must be in the rim thickness, I guess.
Have to poke them out, though.
Also only accurate at close range. By 10-15 yds it will sometimes throw them wild.
Wait for when Midway has a sale on Berry's .32 bullets and offers free shipping. Then the price goes to $60/1000 and there is loading data for those bullets in .32 H&R.
For comparison's sake, how much are the .357 and 9mm LCR's going for? My guess is because there are more of them out there (popular calibers) the used market keeps NIB prices honest.
It's gonna take a very long time to get the ammunition makers to support the caliber. They're already hesitant to spend money to expand when there are millions of new gun owners, so getting them to increase their output for a handgun caliber that isn't 9mm, .45, .38, or .357 is like asking them to spit quarters.
It'd probably be easier just to give up and abandon the 32, but doing that ensures its demise. The more people shoot it and see just how nice it is, the more they will buy into the caliber and buy ammo and when so many of those new gun owners are fine with paying $30 for a box of 9mm, for them to pay that same price for .32 won't be any different than what they're use to.
It's a shame that 32 long, 32 magnum, and 327 aren't more common.
There are tons of people who can't shoot a small 380/38/9mm easily or well, but who would do just fine with a 32 magnum.
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