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November 02, 2008, 13:31
Anyone here shoot one of these yet? I'm thinking about getting the Ruger SP 101 chambered in this round. I like the extra round, compared to similar guns chambered in .38/.357 and ballistically it looks pretty good......so anyone know how they shoot?



November 02, 2008, 14:36
Not much talk of it on this board.

Can't say I have any use for it.

Some chatter elswhere.




Penetration seems to be an issue.

November 02, 2008, 15:03
November ammo flyer

1, .327 Federal Mag. is $25.99 per 20rds.

2, .357 Mag is $25.99 per 50rds.

Both prices are for Federal ammo. Federal is the only supplier I see for .327 Fed. mag.

Stickin' with the .357 here. :)

Retired Bum
November 02, 2008, 19:25
I've always been a big fan of .32 handguns. I've owned most of the classy older .32 ACP pistols such as the Colt M1903, Walther PP, Mauser HsC, and Sauer M38.

I own and have owned numerous Colt, S&W, and Ruger revolvers chambered for the .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long aka Colt New Police, .32 H&R Magnum, and the old .32-20 WCF.

But I just can't see much use for the new .327 Federal Magnum. It would make a good field cartridge for varmits or small game with the proper loads. But as a self defense round, I think that the .357 Magnum with light bullets would be a better choice.

AFAIK, the only revolver to chamber this round is the Ruger SP101. Now if S&W would offer the chambering in a J frame with a three to four inch barrel, I might get interested. But I really don't see that happening in the foreseeable future.

And so it goes.

The Retired One

November 02, 2008, 23:41
Thanks for the info guys.

I've been looking around and am still undecided about this round.

I love the .357 and think it's a great round for a wheelgun, but it's a little spirited in small, light weight or short-barreled frame.

As far as the .327 being a "solution to a non-existant problem" well, I don't think I'd say that. I remember when people said the .17hmr was a round that would never find a home.

I think the .327 might fill a need. I like it as a concealed carry, 6-shooter, ballistics look okay, about what I'd expect for a top of the power range .32 cal.

If, it catches on.....popularity wise....then ammo will come down as more people start making it.

I guess we'll see.......


November 04, 2008, 10:55

S&W has put the word out that they are coming out with a 6 shot J frame size in 327 and TAURUS already has one out.

I have one that should be in this week in the Ruger SP101 and the shape my hands are in , I will be glad to see it. Will let everyone know how the range time goes as soon as I can.


November 05, 2008, 12:22
I have a Ruger single six in 32 H&R mag nice little farm gun I'd realy like one in a S&W. I'm a big fan of the 357 also, everybody should have one ( S.S. Security Six 4" bbl.my every day gun). But i like my 32 too, bet the 327's hot, should be a good one. Let us know if you get one.

Big Rick
November 08, 2008, 15:54
Looks like the answer to a question not asked. I really don't see any reason for the .327. There are enough calibers already out there. 2 cents please.

November 08, 2008, 16:07
I would love to S & W come out with a retro style K frame revolver chambered for the cartridge. Six shot, 6" barrel, adjustable sights. Much like the old 60s through 80s versions of the models 17, 14, etc.
Probably won't happen though.

November 08, 2008, 16:29
Looks like a good combination/load, but still pricey.

November 10, 2008, 00:35
Louis, I believe you are correct.

The late Col. Jeff Cooper always said that the best question to ask the producer of a new product is, "What is it for?"

The honest answer would be, usually, "Why, it is TO SELL!"

December 05, 2008, 17:52
Charter Arms has a new one out too. According to that guy, you could shoot 32 H&R Magnums through it. I'd be surprised if the older 32 Long and Short wouldn't go down the pipe. Of course, the last box of 32 Longs I saw around here is going for about $35 a box. Mags are nonexistent, shorts are rare and also $$$.

Too bad, from what I hear the 32 revolvers are good shooters.

December 07, 2008, 23:42
Yup, I agree with the rest of you. Maybe it's an answer without a question, and no doubt manufacturers are just looking for ways to sell more guns. BUT, who doesn't like being the first kid on the block with the latest, and greatest, new toy.

I'll concede that .357 is THE revolver cartridge of choice! BUT, I already have 3 or 4 guns chambered for .357 magnum. Why not get a wheel gun of a different flavor?


December 08, 2008, 08:10
Ballistically, it's a .30 carbine with a rim, if that's your huckleberry.

December 08, 2008, 09:48
I thought the .32 caliber revolver field was already pretty well covered.

.32 S&W: 88 grain bullet at 680 fps for small field mice with malaria and tuberculosis that have only one leg, or for those flying grasshoppers.

.32 S&W Long: Same 88 grainer at 705 fps for large field mice with malaria and tuberculosis that have two legs, or those really big tan flying grasshoppers with the black wings.

.32-20 Winchester Center Fire: 100 grain bullet at 1,000 fps for healthy field mice with all four legs.

.32 H&R Magnum: 100 grain bullet at 1,150 fps for small rabbits.

Handloaded .32 H&R Magnum: Skeeter Skelton loaded 85 grain jhp's to 1,250 fps for his Ruger Single-Six. Good for large rabbits and feral housecats.

.327 Federal Mag: Destined to join the 9mm Federal Rimmed, I bet.

I just can't get excited by this. Small diameter lightweight handgun bullets are just small diameter lightweight handgun bullets. A good Plus-P .38 Special will probably end up being more effective once people start shooting things with the new round. I get well over 1,250 fps with a 110 grain JHP over 7.0 grains of Unique out of my fine old six inch K-38 .38 Special when I want fast bullets with little recoil for medium-size pest shooting. Been killing ground squirrels and jack rabbits by the wheelbarrow-full with it since 1976.

I have had a six inch S&W Model 16-4 in .32 H&R Mag and a four inch S&W Model 631 Kit Gun in the same chambering and they don't kill any better than a good .22 LR hollowpoint like CCI's Mini-Mag.

Para Driver
December 08, 2008, 22:33
it's a non-existant solution, seeking a ficticious problem..

March 06, 2012, 10:05
Like the "short magnum" craze a few years ago. What, exactly, does it do that something else doesn't already do?

March 06, 2012, 13:19

I'll concede that .357 is THE revolver cartridge of choice!

Wrong. That would be the .44 Remington Magnum.

March 06, 2012, 14:55
Wrong. That would be the .44 Remington Magnum.

Wrong, 44 mags are to big for CC. A 44 is not needed for defense against humans. For self defense, which is really what a handgun is for, a 357 mag is all anyone would ever need. If I am in big bear country, I will be toting a rifle or 12ga, thank you.

March 06, 2012, 15:23
Wrong, 44 mags are to big for CC. A 44 is not needed for defense against humans. For self defense, which is really what a handgun is for, a 357 mag is all anyone would ever need. If I am in big bear country, I will be toting a rifle or 12ga, thank you.

Oh poo on that.

I pocket carry all the time.


March 06, 2012, 15:25
The .32 mag is almost as sexy.



March 06, 2012, 15:39

Here's a .44 plenty small and light enough for CC. Besides the statement was "cartridge of choice" and that would depend on your criteria of choice. Your purpose may be only defence against humans, but based on the plethora of available chamberings from .22LR to 500 Mag, many people have other criteria when selecting a handgun cartridge. The .44 is too strong for self-defence? You always have the option of running .44 Specials.

Handloaded the .44 Mag. is much more versatile than the .357 and will work just as well with hand-made cast bullets as the .357 does with high-dollar hollowpoints. Anything the .357 can do, the .44 can do, and then some. I submit .357 is typically found chambered in smaller, easier to conceal revolvers and the ammo is cheaper and easier to find.

March 06, 2012, 23:17
Interesting caliber, but nothing I EVER want to shoot without ear protection.

It would make a nice small game carbine/rifle round.
If you could get decent bullets for it.

And, it probably would be a good choice for a Thompson Contender.
Pistol or carbine.

Short barrel revolver.
NO !
No way ! Actually.:uhoh: