.327 Federal Magnum. Think it will stay or go?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by rglbegl, Mar 26, 2010.

Is the .327 Fed Mag gonna last?

Poll closed Mar 30, 2010.
  1. Yes. It is a viable round that will be made for many many years

  2. No. It will fade away quickly.

  3. Buy a box of it now, cuz it will be a collectors iem soon

  4. It is so cool, I am must have a new revolver

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    First off, sorry I've been away for awhile and haven't been in touch. All is ok and things are back to an even keel as much as can be. Way too much work ( 12-18 days on and then one day off ) as of late.

    Everyone that has fired my SP-101 in 327 has given it two thumbs up. The 327 will never be as popular as the 357, but it will last. The members at the range are all very friendly and I've had the opportunity to shoot a vast variety of firearms that I wouldn't have had a chance to otherwise; so in turn, anyone that expresses any interest or doubts about the 327's viability gets offered the chance to try it for themselves. The owner of a LGS had his mind set to the fact that the 327 was little more than a cousin to the 38+p's............... Took him one shot and one shot only to determine that he was tangling with a greater beast indeed. He finished firing the next 5 shots and was determined to order one for himself. He also appreciated having first hand shooting experience in which to relate to customers that are curious also.

    I loaded up 400 rounds of 32HRM today; I prefer to shoot the HRM's for practice. I've shot all 4 rounds out of the Ruger and the versatility is an added bonus. the 32SW's are well suited for introducing someone to revolver shooting as they are very very light recoil and still group ok at 50' range. The availability of target loads for the 327 is horrible, I was able to pick up 3 boxes of Federal AE last year and haven't found any since. At least I have a little brass that I can reload. I have 500+ Starline cases in HRM, so that adds to my reasoning for shooting the HRM more.

    Glad to be back among friends; I've got a gazillion posts to read, so I'd better get busy.
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  2. zfk55

    zfk55 New Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Lost Prairie Montana
    Dead on, WW. Firing is believing.
    I bought 500 .327 brass from Freedom Arms. I've reloaded a bunch of it to .32 data for my wife to practice with and a couple hundred to full bore .327 specs with the 110gr HP bullet. She's fired the full bore loads and can handle it, but quick acquisition and firing practice is with the reduced loads. Really a great caliber.


  3. rglbegl

    rglbegl Well-Known Member

    Mar 4, 2004
    location location
    I am bumping this old thread for fun
    7 years later I want to hear peoples opinions now.

    Do you have one?
    Have you shot one?
    Do you think it is here to stay?

    Has this round found a niche market?
    Or is it a has been to put in the history books?
  4. Firpo

    Firpo Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2013
    Yorba Linda, Ca
    Let me answer your questions by saying this. It's one I keep my eye out for and if I were to find one at the right price I wouldn't hesitate to make the purchase.
  5. Sandman

    Sandman Active Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    Don't have one, but I still like it. It seems like a great round for concealed carry. I kind of forgot about it, but who knows, maybe that will be my next purchase.
  6. sharps4590

    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2013
    Missouri Ozarks
    I read through the old threads and one of the posters perfectly described the situation in my locale, you never see them. The 327 Federal should be a decent little cartridge and especially for those of us who have a fondness for the 32's. The issue for me is that it isn't that much more or better, if any, than the 32-20 in a strong revolver can be loaded to. I have several 32-20's and don't shoot them enough to pick up another 32.

    Will it stick around? Sure, for those who are big fans of it. Brass may become an issue over time but bullets, especially if one casts their own, will never be a problem nor will suitable powders. Will it ever be popular? That isn't very likely. Firearms history is littered with the memories of excellent cartridges that simply never gained popularity....and by most standards should have.
  7. ral357

    ral357 Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2015
    I didn't vote in the original poll but did recently vote with my pocketbook.
    IMG_20170815_1706184_rewind.jpg It's a bonafide member of the magnum revolver family IMHO. I believe the initial guns this caliber was released in were not the best platform for the round. It performs well in medium and full sized revolvers but really offered no advantage in those guns over the venerable 357 mag. Were it shines is in small frame guns. The LCR and the Single Sevens are more suitable to take advantage of what it brings to the table.
    I believe some will find the single seven to be the ultimate field companion, kit gun. A person doesn't have to be a reloader to take advantage of it's versatility. 32 s$w wadcutters are pussycat loads suitable for target and small game. The 32 H$R mag ups the game a bit but step up to 327......this clearly ain't your granddaddys 32.....it has teeth.
    Its like the 357 mags twin brother that had his growth stunted a hair. The versatility is the same. While it will never approach the performance of full blown 357 it will be plenty for two legged vermin. I'd never take it deer hunting on purpose but I believe it would feed you if push came to shove.
    Think of it as a gun that carries like a single Six but has the capability to bite harder than 38+P while shooting flatter. It offers little for someone satisfied with carrying the 357 in the field but for someone wanting something a bit lighter and is willing to give up a bit of top end power it has merit.
  8. Kweeksdraw

    Kweeksdraw Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2016
    I don't have one, and don't want one (for now). But I like it and think it is here to stay.
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  9. dbcooper

    dbcooper Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    Deep in the Heart of Texas
    my thoughts also
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  10. Rugermanws

    Rugermanws Active Member

    May 18, 2009
    Pittsburgh Pa
    I believe it's a great cartridge but I don't see it staying around. If they could get one of the striker fire pistols to shoot it then it might be around.