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My old Smith Airweight was a .357, and young airhead that I was, the thrill of those high speed .357s, coupled with the "flashbang in the hand" experience, sort of burned me out on it. I sold it to a guy who really wanted one. Now I kinda wish I owned it again. It was a real hoot at a darkened indoor range. I never failed to get the whole place to myself after about three rounds!
another overpriced Colt as far as I am concerned
They dont make enough and the stores get handed one
here or there if you are on the good guy list and most
stores slap em on Gunbroker because they can get massive
margins that way
Turned mine in as it was a Jam-O-Matic.
The one I would like to have is the King Cobra. My Son won't give back the one I gave him. I like them better then the S&W L-frames.
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1. .327 FED MAG offers performance that is better than most commercially available 38 SPL +P loads
2. You get 6 rounds in a J frame sized gun
3. Many, if not most, folks who carry .357 snubbies load them with 38 SPL +P anyway
4. The LCR 327 only costs $500ish and is fairly easy to find
I'm not saying the LCR is comparable to the Kimber so much as I'm saying the LCR is cheaper, easier to find, has a great trigger, and is quite possibly a more potent caliber (unless the owner plans to carry it with real .357 MAG SD loads).
Don't get me wrong - the Kimbers look like sweet guns, and I'm not at all saying the .327 is superior or even really comparable to the .357.
Last edited by drmordo; June 11th, 2017 at 10:44 AM.
I have both The Kimber and the LCR 327 and carry the LCR 24/7 it's weights 19.3 oz loaded. Don't get me wrong the Kimber is great gun but feels like a brick compared the the LCR. It seems like between 327 federal magnum is starting to get popular because ammo is starting to be easier to find still expensive but easier to find.
Here's a review that compares the Kimber and the 640. I think it's pretty interesting. According to his side by side comparison, the Kimber and 640 are virtually identical in size and weight, and big differences are the trigger and 6 shot cylinder.
Kimber K6S Revolver
A S&W Model 60 is tough to beat.
I'd love to own a new Cobra. It's supposed to be +P rated.
the FBI load is superior to any .327 Fed Mag round.
It says +P right on the barrel. At least the one I held.
That said, for example Remington's version of the FBI load fires a 158gr @ 900 fps = 284 ft.lbs.
Meanwhile, the Speer's Gold Dot 327 MAG manages a 100gr @ 1500 fps = 500 ft.lbs. (That stuff must be really hot!) Even the Federal 80gr manages 1400 fps for 370 ft.lbs.
Sure, Buffalo Bore makes crazy loadings that trump all of these to include a .38 spl load that is basically a .357 in a spl case, and folks can handload whatever the heck they want. I guess it comes down to how comfortable you are with overloaded cartridges. And like I said, the FBI load has a lot of credibility. From my perspective, the selling points for the .327 is it offers performance at least comparable to the hotter .38 spl loads, and you get 6 bullets in a J frame body.
Good Morning, drmordo,
I never read ballistic tables. They're deceiving. They're only utility is index of nebulous value.
I'd recommend your accessing the FBI handgun ammo test.
Also, momentum is a more credible index than ballistic tables. A bullet is all but worthless if it doesn't penetrate.
I wish you the best of luck.
Allz I know is I want a copy of Colt's new Cobra. From what I've read, it's better than the original & it's rated +P.
I do appreciate a good revolver.
Many years ago, when I was really bright, I'm talkin' a whole lot smarter than I'm now, I wish I had had the brains to buy a Model 27. Many a handgun aficionado have called it the best revolver ever designed, which is not intended to be a slight to the venerated Python.