New Federal .327 Magnum Cartridge / New Ruger SP101 .327 Fed Magnum : MERGED

New Federal .327 Magnum Cartridge / New Ruger SP101 .327 Fed Magnum : MERGED

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    New Federal .327 Magnum Cartridge / New Ruger SP101 .327 Fed Magnum : MERGED

    No, that's not a typo. What do you guys think of this?

    http://www.shootingtimes.com/ammunition/st327_110707/


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    I say great, more innovation like this the better.

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    I'd like to see some gelatin tests of this round before I give my opinion.

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    I hope S&W makes a 6 shot 342 in this caliber!
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    The new .327 Federal Magnum offers muzzle energy twice that of .38 Special +P loads, and velocities comparable to a 125-grain .357 Magnum, with 20 percent less recoil in its hottest version. Designed specifically for use in lightweight small-frame revolvers, the .327 Federal Magnum allows a six-round cylinder compared to five-round capacity for similar-sized .38 Special and .357 Magnum guns, with the added benefit of chambering .32 S&W, .32 Special, and .32 H&R Magnum loads as well.
    One more shot in a J-Frame sized package might be nice, but most of me wants to say...big deal.

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    I just can't get exicted about it. The 38spl has been getting it done for 100yrs.

    I think we easily get caught up in hype
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    Numbers?

    The article reveals a few numbers and conceals other numbers, which I found unusual. For example, it gave the bullet weights and gelatin penetration inches for the ammunition described, but only described velocities and energies as "100 fps more than 125 grain .357 magnum" and "35 ft-lbs less than .357 magnum".

    It was also a little vague about the size of the expanded hollowpoint bullets, mentioning "0.4 to 0.6" inches, which covers a lot of ground. If the number is 0.4 inches, that is a lot smaller hole than you will get with an expanded .357 magnum or 9mm.

    But as we all know, 125 grain .357 magnum ammo is available in all sorts of loadings, giving a wide range of velocities and energies. So which one are they comparing to? This is like saying that a new car will go faster than a Chevrolet. Are you talking about a Chevrolet Corvette or a Chevrolet van? So I found the lack of precision in describing the ballistics rather annoying.

    As for the concept of a .32 caliber magnum, I'm sure it will appeal to a certain market niche. In the one gun now available, the Ruger SP101, it offers the advantage of 6 shots over 5 with no increase in gun size, which will appeal to some buyers.

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    I've been trading guns to standardize my calibers. I sold a .40 and picked up a new .45. Now, no more .40's. Unless it really is an upgrade I'm not interested.
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    Can't help remembering when the Ruger .204 came out, and of course the .45GAP. Initially the thought ... ''what! Another cal''! (or variant).

    It could tho finish up with a niche following ...... way too late in the day for me to consider anything beyond what I have but could well be it'll filter into the new shooter CCW market over time, for snubs.

    I wonder these days how much uptake there has been on the NAA .32 and whether it really is so much better than a good .380 round.
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    .45, 9MM, and .38 (+P)...what else does one need for SD?
    For an autoloader I'd add .40 to the above and from there pretty much call it done.

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    I don't know. Seems like we seem to be flooded with new calibers, not sure any of them really do any more than what's been around for years and years.
    On the other hand, it creates interest and sales, so that's good for the firearms industry.
    Personally, I'll stick with the old, old 38 Special in my J-frames.

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    I think it is cool. Another user from another forum has run his Ruger 32 H&R Magnum to 1400fps with a 100gr cast bullet in a 4" SP101.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post

    I wonder these days how much uptake there has been on the NAA .32 and whether it really is so much better than a good .380 round.
    None... and it's not...

    Another solution to a non problem.

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    i see no point but to each their own

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    I too would like to see some more specific numbers on the cartridge, but other than that I say great. Might end up gettin' one for my girlfriend, especially since it can also chamber the H&R's for practice loads. Of course it depends on if they play the proprietary cartridge thing and you can't find brass for em'. I'm all for cartridge innovation, The one's that really perform and fill a niche will stick around and the ones that are mostly hype will be flashes in the pan. I definately think there is promise for the cartridge though.

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