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    327 fed mag or 357 mag?

    Well I've developed this itch for a snubbie and have been doing some research. I read through the thread on which 327 fed mag and like the idea of a magnum round with a bit less recoil and only short a minimal amount of energy. What I choose will be a carry option for possibly the wife but definitely for me. I would also have it as a woods gun when I go up to the farm. Does the 327 magnum loose much advantage over the 357 in a woods encounter with possibly a small black bear or coyote? The 38 is a cheaper range round than any of the 32 variants that could be used in the 327. I like the stronger 327 punch but the cheaper 38 range ammo. Oh and I don't reload so I would be buying factory ammo.

    My main question is can you get a heavy hardcast type magnum load for woods duty in the 327mag or should I get the 357 and be able to use cheaper range ammo and learn which 357 ammo I can shoot well and quickly?

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    Re: 327 fed mag or 357 mag?

    I am a fan of the .357/.38 myself. LOTS of proven reasonably priced ammo choices and reloading data. What can I say, I'm old school - lol
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    Re: 327 fed mag or 357 mag?

    I had a .327 Ruger SP101 and sold it. The ammo supply is sporadic and expensive. Also, the .327 is pretty unpleasant to shoot in a snubbie revolver. I could see almost no difference between it and a .357 SP101 when I shot both together. I know the Taurus .327's are super cheap right now, but I would resist the temptation and go .357.

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    Re: 327 fed mag or 357 mag?

    I have both also. The 327 is "mostly" a wife pistol and I know of only three decent MAG rounds commercially available. Federal makes the 85-grain low recoil and the 115-grain full power. The H&R 32 MAG is the other choice and all are hollow-points. I think I do recall another brand of commercially available 115-grain, but don't remember who it is at the moment.

    Recoil is an individually felt thing and I certainly don't agree or disagree with another shooters "feel"....it's a matter of opinion. As far as muzzle energy goes...when I look at the charts on a 2-inch barrel...there is very little difference in the muzzle energy developed by the 327 MAG and the 357 MAG. I think we could (to some degree) agree that the 2-inch barrel almost equalizes the 327 and the 357.

    Economically...the 357 would be the way to go, like has been mentioned. The 327 stuff will cost you a tad over a $1 a round....where I come from anyway.

    In the long run...if I were hunting bear....I'd be hunting with a howitzer if I could tote it, unless the recoil bothered me. If I were hunting people, or wanted to be able to recover and put additional slugs into the bear, I truly think the 327 has less recoil and it is definitely a people-dropper. As always...just an opinion. I have and love both.

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    Re: 327 fed mag or 357 mag?

    Personally I favor the 357 Mag. To me the 327 Mag is simply an answer looking for a question to answer! JMHO
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    Re: 327 fed mag or 357 mag?

    I think the 327 is a bit of a novelty. The ammo performs well and even better than most 38-special loads from a 2-inch barrel, but yet is more expensive to shoot. There are three reasons why I chose one. The wife simply cannot DA fire any small frame 22 or 22 MAG, the 327 holds that 6th. round and the 32 Long (even though not being much more potent than many 22's) is one she can shoot with comfort. I think of mine as a dual-purpose tool. She can comfortably shoot the 32 Long and the H&R, but I can also upload it for my purposes if needed. Besides...you can get more 32 rounds in that pill-bottle in the vehicle console than you can 38's.

    Yes...she can shoot the model 85 38-special, especially with the low power wad-cutters, but I just wanted this little "in-between" gun.


 

 

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