.32 H&R Rounds vs. Federal .327 Mags: What's the Difference?

.32 H&R Rounds vs. Federal .327 Mags: What's the Difference?

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    .32 H&R Rounds vs. Federal .327 Mags: What's the Difference?

    I am looking at a Ruger SP101 chambered for .327 Mag & was told that I could shoot the .32 H&R rounds to save money if I wanted to. What's the difference between the two cartridges?


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    The .327 Federal magnum is essentially a .32 H&R magnum lengthened by 1/8 of an inch.

    The .327 Federal magnum has a chamber pressure of around 45,000 psi compared to 20,000 psi for the .32 H&R magnum.

    You can shoot .32 H&R magnums in a gun chambered for .327 Federal magnums - but not vice versa.

    Like the difference between the .38 special and the longer .357 magnum, where the much higher pressured round was lengthened by 1/10 of an inch to prevent it from being fired in a .38 special chambered gun and blowing it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    I am looking at a Ruger SP101 chambered for .327 Mag & was told that I could shoot the .32 H&R rounds to save money if I wanted to. What's the difference between the two cartridges?
    That's right and .32S&W and also .32S&W long.

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    Will the felt recoil be much different between the four cartridges (Federal .327 Mag, .32 Smith & Wesson, .32 Smith & Wesson Long & .32H&R)?

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    Yes, as you go from the shorter rounds to the longer ones the recoil will increase accordingly.

    Be sure to scrub the chambers good with a bore brush and solvent after you shoot the shorter rounds so that you won't have the carbon ring build up that would cause difficulty in chambering the longer .327 Federal magnum cartridge.

    Low recoil though is one of the advantages of the .32 H&R and the new .327 Federal magnum cartridge.
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    So am I correct in concluding that even if this .327 Federal Magnum cartridge "fails" and goes the way of the dinosaur, there are still two other major, relatively inexpensive cartridges available that I could shoot out of a Ruger SP101 (chambered for .327)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    So am I correct in concluding that even if this .327 Federal Magnum cartridge "fails" and goes the way of the dinosaur, there are still two other major, relatively inexpensive cartridges available that I could shoot out of a Ruger SP101 (chambered for .327)?
    well maybe, .32S&W and .32S&W long are $25 and .32H&R at Geogra-arms.com are $18.75. [50 rnds]

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    well maybe, .32S&W and .32S&W long are $25 and .32H&R at Geogra-arms.com are $18.75. [50 rnds]
    That's not too bad. From what I could tell, the Federal .327s are about a buck a round. I just wanted to make sure I was covered if this whole experiment went South!

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    Quote Originally Posted by McPatrickClan View Post
    That's not too bad. From what I could tell, the Federal .327s are about a buck a round. I just wanted to make sure I was covered if this whole experiment went South!
    I've been paying $25 for American Eagle 100 gr soft point jacketed
    in a 50 rnd box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    well maybe, .32S&W and .32S&W long are $25 and .32H&R at Geogra-arms.com are $18.75. [50 rnds]
    Ouch, I see 32 long for 13 bucks a box here

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    WX2-105190 Fiocchi® Shooting Dynamics .32 S&W® Long 100 Gr. LW 50 rds.


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    Club Price $13.56
    I've been shooting this from Sportsmanguide, accurate and clean no leading

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