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Posted: 12/18/2022 3:37:29 PM EDT
I had the opportunity to pick up a 327 Federal Magnum, and more importantly the 100 rounds of ammo to go with it. I’ve been mildly interested in this but didn’t know all that much about the caliber until this opportunity arose. It was a now or not type deal so I bit.
Anyone care to share their thoughts or opinions on the 327 or 32 H&R. Likes, dislikes, experience is all appreciated. The gun is a Ruger LCRx and the ammo is the Federal 85 gr reduced recoil factory loads. Thanks
VP
Link Posted: 12/18/2022 3:56:26 PM EDT
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.327 is loud and "snappy," but it's what I carry.


I'll shoot .32 H&R when I just want to shoot more
at the range.  I have nothing against .32 H&R.

Link Posted: 12/18/2022 5:44:33 PM EDT
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I have the Ruger Single-Seven Bisley in 327, and several of the old Single-Six Bisley's in 32 H&R.
Really the only difference in target shooting is the 327 is a LOT louder than the 32 H&R, I don't feel that much recoil increase or "snap" but am using a heavier all-steel gun with a long 6.5" barrel, not a snub nose. 327 just MUCH noisier due to the very high pressure for a pistol cartridge.
I would think the 327 is better at self-defense as the 32 H&R with 200 Ft/lbs muzzle energy is at the lower limit of effectiveness, or maybe a little below the limit. The 327 muzzle energy is 450 Ft/lbs, about 25% higher than a 9mm, so definitely effective in self defense.
Link Posted: 12/18/2022 7:00:36 PM EDT
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I still have a "full size" revolver chambered in .327 Federal on my buy list, because I have an interest in all .32 pistol cartridges.

They are just rare as hen's teeth any more.

Sadly.
Link Posted: 12/18/2022 7:20:22 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/23/2022 12:29:36 AM EDT
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I have the LCR and 7 shot GP100 4.2 inch versions.

I am so glad I bought them, and lots of components, before the troubles began.

Extremely versatile and fun to shoot. They should be much more popular than they are.

6 rounds of 327 Fed Mag out of a snubby is nothing to scoff at.
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 6:24:50 AM EDT
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Was looking for a Single Seven for a small game gun.  A Single Six in .32 H&R 4.5" FS, just been offered to me.  Only thing I'll need is a proper shell holder.  Already have holsters for my Single Six .22, S&W Long brass, .32 ACP dies and ammo, a Lee .314" double cavity 90 gr SWC mold and lube/sizer dies.  I can get anywhere from 2000-4500 rds per pound of powder with the gun.  Primers are going to be my biggest cost.
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 10:12:17 AM EDT
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.327 is loud and "snappy," but it's what I carry.


I'll shoot .32 H&R when I just want to shoot more
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That's a cool pic that shows the sizes of them. I didn;t know there was such a differene between the H&R and the 327. I'd love to find a 327 SP101.
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 11:44:55 AM EDT
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After digging into this more I’m very surprised that this caliber hasn’t been more popular or made a resurgence. Ironically the 32 Mag has everything, albeit in a revolver, that many are looking for today. Good performance, with a proven track record as opposed to new stuff, lower recoil, and increased capacity in a carry size gun. 22 Mag revolvers sell like hotcakes for these reasons and I’m guilty of using one as a SD alternative.  Funny how willfully ignorant gun companies are sometimes.
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 11:48:47 AM EDT
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Not just the gun companies, buyers there too.  I remember when H&R/Federal released it around 88/89'.  I was in Germany at the time and as I mentioned earlier, its always been on my want list.  Would love to have a Smith 16 K frame 6" in .32/.327
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 11:59:37 AM EDT
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Yep, I waited too long to buy a K frame .32 mag.   They are now in the realm of collectors running around $2k due to scarcity.   At least the models I like....k frame 4” with adjustable sights.   I do have a j frame 31-1 in .32 S&W Long but would like a K frame and adjustable sights.  I’d settle for a Sp101 in the same format but all I ever see are fixed sights and short barrels.

Oh and I would rather have .32 H&R chambers but in this day and age I think a .327 would have to suffice unless I missed that boat too.

A model 92 Winchester carbine or trapper in .32 H&R would kick ass!
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 12:35:27 PM EDT
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Yep, I waited too long to buy a K frame .32 mag.   They are now in the realm of collectors running around $2k due to scarcity.   At least the models I like....k frame 4” with adjustable sights.   I do have a j frame 31-1 in .32 S&W Long but would like a K frame and adjustable sights.  I’d settle for a Sp101 in the same format but all I ever see are fixed sights and short barrels.

Oh and I would rather have .32 H&R chambers but in this day and age I think a .327 would have to suffice unless I missed that boat too.

A model 92 Winchester carbine or trapper in .32 H&R would kick ass!
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Marlin did make a run of .32 H&R carbines
Link Posted: 12/23/2022 1:18:02 PM EDT
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I have a 6" model 16 in 32 H&-R...got it at a local auction years ago(it was the only gun to sell for less than market value )with a bunch of ammo...ammo shot up and I don't reload...loved shooting it. I can't remember if it was missing the combat grips or of I have them on another.  


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Not just the gun companies, buyers there too.  I remember when H&R/Federal released it around 88/89'.  I was in Germany at the time and as I mentioned earlier, its always been on my want list.  Would love to have a Smith 16 K frame 6" in .32/.327
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They did indeed and they are also in the collectors price range.  over $2k when I have seen them.

I would prefer a winchester/ miroku ‘92 if I am dreaming.   They aren’t so heavy and are just handy little buggers.  Those octagon Marlin Cowboy guns need to lose weight!  Solid, but decidedly heavy.   If I stumbled into one at the right price I’d buy one anyhow.

I’d buy a Rossi 92 .357 but I cannot get over that huge gap between the lever and the stock.   Last one I handled was about a 1/4” off the stock.
Link Posted: 12/24/2022 10:21:45 AM EDT
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It’s funny we started out talking about revolvers and crossed over to rifles.  More proof that some really good ideas existed before the current craze.
I know Henry made/makes a 327 rifle because I have seen them recently. Now I just wish I could remember where. As for the Rossi rifles, the ones I’ve seen lately are junk at $700. You would be better off to save up a few more shekels and get a Miroku Winnie. They really are worth the price.
Link Posted: 12/24/2022 10:58:57 AM EDT
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I know Henry made/makes a 327 rifle because I have seen them recently. Now I just wish I could remember where. As for the Rossi rifles, the ones I’ve seen lately are junk at $700. You would be better off to save up a few more shekels and get a Miroku Winnie. They really are worth the price.
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Can agree on the Miroku made guns.  Had couple of Brownings, 1895 in .30-06 and an 1886 Carbine in 45-70 back in the 90s.  Excellent guns
Link Posted: 12/24/2022 1:14:40 PM EDT
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I just wish S&W would revitalize the cartridge by actually chambering revolvers in it.  But they don't because they would rather actively strangle a cartridge in its infancy rather than produce guns in cartridges that do not include "S&W" in the cartridge stamp on the side of the barrel.

I recognize that at one end of the spectrum it means you can get another round in a snub nose, but I'm wondering if it would be possible to get, say, 10 rounds in an N-frame or Ruger Redhawk or Alaskan style frame.

I imagine a TRR8 style revolver, with removable accessory rails and a lightweight frame, with 10 rounds of .327 Federal, in 3", 4", and 5"?  Would make a damn fine revolver that is incredibly versatile in power ranges due to the variety of .32 ammo it could shoot.
Link Posted: 12/24/2022 1:55:01 PM EDT
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I scored 200 rounds of .327 Fed Mag Gold Dots when I bought my Taurus 327 snubbie. 180 rounds sit in my ammo cage, unfired...

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with with this round; I have reloadable brass of course but I don't know if I want to add another caliber to my reloading setup.

Urf.
Link Posted: 12/24/2022 3:23:35 PM EDT
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Beauty of the .327 is five cartridges.  I already load for the .32 ACP, have .32 S&W Long cases and a mold.  I may also be able to load my .311 round balls in the case for a galley load and just propell with primer???
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 9:22:13 AM EDT
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I always wanted a S&W 432 (airweight hammerless .32 Mag) back when they were available, but I never did buy one.

Something about a 6-shot J-frame in that cartridge always intrigued me.  Now they are collectible and expensive.

They had the 632 in stainless, but I prefer the alloy variants.
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 9:36:51 AM EDT
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I tried it out.
Had a Ruger Single Seven and a Charter Arms Professional.
The Ruger was an excellent piece. Heavy AF. Reliable with all five of the five varieties of .32 ammo.
The Charter Arms gun was a flaming piece of crap. It’s the gun S&W should of made.
The caliber was just too expensive to shoot much. I didn’t reload so I had to use factory ammo.
Of the two the H&R is a great round.
I moved on when the covid ammo shitstorm. It doesn’t really do anything better than a .38.

If S&W had built an alloy 6 or 7 shot 3” barrel J frame it would’ve helped a lot.
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 9:50:17 AM EDT
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Photo off the net of the one I'm getting.  Stoked about this.  First new handgun cartridge in a long time ie decades.
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 9:55:44 AM EDT
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Thinking of a round butt 3" k frame 7shot?

Wish the ammo companies could get caught up with ammo and components
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 10:33:55 AM EDT
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I lucked into an older 3” SP101 with a boatload of ammo (1100rds of 327 and just shy of 500 H&R Mag) before prices on everything went through the roof.  Picked up the other three calibers and when I go to the range I’ll load all five (plus another 327 just for kicks) and it will be the talk of the table no matter what else is up there to shoot.  It’s pretty neat, but honestly if I didn’t have all the ammo I’d probably pass as it’s not the easiest stuff to find compared to more common revolver rounds. Now that Ruger owns Marlin I’m hoping they’ll make a side gate lever gun in this caliber, as that would be the cats ass!

As for power from the 327, I think it’s very manageable in the SP101 and would easily put down anything you’d expect the 357 to knock down.  It definitely has a punch.  The 32 H&R mag rounds I have are defensive hollow points and feel like shooting 38 specials.  32acp and the others feel like.22 in such a heavy revolver.  

Can’t think of another chambering that offers this much versatility.  If you have access to the ammo, reload or just want a talking piece, you can’t go wrong with it.
Link Posted: 12/25/2022 10:57:07 AM EDT
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Photo off the net of the one I'm getting.  Stoked about this.  First new handgun cartridge in a long time ie decades.
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What model is this and where you buying it?


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New Model Single Six and from a friend who has a 01 FFL
Link Posted: 12/26/2022 9:38:35 AM EDT
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New Model Single Six and from a friend who has a 01 FFL
According to the serial number, it is model 06511, a new model single six in .32 H&R magnum, that shipped in 2001.
Link Posted: 12/26/2022 10:25:52 AM EDT
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That's just a net picture.  Won't see mine for another year when I go home next.
Link Posted: 12/26/2022 10:55:39 AM EDT
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According to the serial number, it is model 06511, a new model single six in .32 H&R magnum, that shipped in 2001.
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New Model Single Six and from a friend who has a 01 FFL
According to the serial number, it is model 06511, a new model single six in .32 H&R magnum, that shipped in 2001.



Good info, thanks. Dang good looking revolver.
Link Posted: 12/26/2022 11:10:03 AM EDT
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Good article by Brian Pearce on reloading the .32 H&R.

https://www.handloadermagazine.com/32-h-r-magnum-pet-loads
Link Posted: 12/26/2022 9:00:02 PM EDT
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If S&W made a 340 and 640 variant in 327, I think they would sell. I would be a buyer, interested to see what Taurus comes out with over the next few years since Smith won’t product revolvers that consumers want…
Link Posted: 12/27/2022 1:17:49 AM EDT
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Like this 632 that didn't sell?
Link Posted: 12/27/2022 7:57:08 AM EDT
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I should be picking up a 432 later this week if all goes well.  Sadly, the S&W guns just didn't sell enough to keep them going.  Maybe an write in campaign could get them to resurrect the 32 H&Rs or even the very rare 327s lines.  The best way to convince S&W to make 32/327s is for people to buy all the Ruger and Taurus 327s.  Come to think of it, an LCRx 3" in 327 would be a nice thing for Ruger to make....

Off to the email!
Link Posted: 12/27/2022 8:43:14 AM EDT
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I was super close to picking up an SP101 with a metal ammo box full of ammo. Was haggling with the seller on price, but we couldn't agree on one. I didn't NEED it at the time, so I was trying to get it for cheap. Still kicking myself for not buying it at his price.
Link Posted: 12/27/2022 3:17:59 PM EDT
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I should be picking up a 432 later this week if all goes well.  Sadly, the S&W guns just didn't sell enough to keep them going.  Maybe an write in campaign could get them to resurrect the 32 H&Rs or even the very rare 327s lines.  The best way to convince S&W to make 32/327s is for people to buy all the Ruger and Taurus 327s.  Come to think of it, an LCRx 3" in 327 would be a nice thing for Ruger to make....

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Many of us have emailed Ruger about this, but they refuse to build it.
Link Posted: 12/27/2022 3:53:00 PM EDT
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I bought a 4.2" SP-101 explicitly for use as a target revolver with 32 S&W Long loads.  Thing's a lot of fun.
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They did indeed and they are also in the collectors price range.  over $2k when I have seen them.

I would prefer a winchester/ miroku ‘92 if I am dreaming.   They aren’t so heavy and are just handy little buggers.  Those octagon Marlin Cowboy guns need to lose weight!  Solid, but decidedly heavy.   If I stumbled into one at the right price I’d buy one anyhow.

I’d buy a Rossi 92 .357 but I cannot get over that huge gap between the lever and the stock.   Last one I handled was about a 1/4” off the stock.
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They did indeed and they are also in the collectors price range.  over $2k when I have seen them.

I would prefer a winchester/ miroku ‘92 if I am dreaming.   They aren’t so heavy and are just handy little buggers.  Those octagon Marlin Cowboy guns need to lose weight!  Solid, but decidedly heavy.   If I stumbled into one at the right price I’d buy one anyhow.

I’d buy a Rossi 92 .357 but I cannot get over that huge gap between the lever and the stock.   Last one I handled was about a 1/4” off the stock.


I can't find the video, but this guy also has a 1894 in .32 H&R. I was surprised to see they are tube loading guns like rimfire leverguns. I don't think Henry has added side gates to their .327 rifles yet either.

Link Posted: 12/30/2022 10:28:26 AM EDT
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Got a chance to shoot my new 327. As reported the 327s are a bit snappy but not bad at all. Best part was they shot to the sights as I was breaking up the smaller clay pigeons pieces at 25 yards on my berm. About like decent SD loads in my 638, but had that 6th shot.  Shot a few 32 H&R loads and were very nice. Now I really want to try and find some 32 S&W Long just to see how they are.
I definitely think some 32h&r brass and dies are in my future just to have some fun.
Link Posted: 12/31/2022 12:54:06 PM EDT
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Yeah I'd like to talk about how I should have picked up a 327 GP100 and a Single Seven when I had the chance.  That is all.  Maybe we can get Ruger to come out with a Single Seven 327 convertible with extra 30 Super Carry cylinder.
Link Posted: 1/1/2023 9:29:10 AM EDT
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I love the 32's  I really like the 32-20 and have a SAA clone that is my favorite 32.

The problem with popularity isn't with the cartridge(s) its that it's versatility is only leveraged by mostly handloaders. and this is a barrier for popularity.

Not much usefullness in the ability to shoot 32 S&W short/long or 32 H&R mag when all the cartridges aren't available locally and if they were, are all about $2/round.  More than 327 factory fresh ammo more often than not.

Out of curiosity should 30 super carry be added to the list for cartridges to fit a 327 mag revolver????
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I love the 32's  I really like the 32-20 and have a SAA clone that is my favorite 32.

The problem with popularity isn't with the cartridge(s) its that it's versatility is only leveraged by mostly handloaders. and this is a barrier for popularity.

Not much usefullness in the ability to shoot 32 S&W short/long or 32 H&R mag when all the cartridges aren't available locally and if they were, are all about $2/round.  More than 327 factory fresh ammo more often than not.

Out of curiosity should 30 super carry be added to the list for cartridges to fit a 327 mag revolver????
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Will it fit in a .327 chamber .337" case dia vs .3425" of the .30 SC.  Then there is the question of headspace?  Cool if it does in the .327 FM however, case is short enough that it may chamber in the .32 S&W Long which would be way over pressured.  .30 SC is longer then .605" of the S&W case.  That would be dangerous.






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I still have a "full size" revolver chambered in .327 Federal on my buy list, because I have an interest in all .32 pistol cartridges.

They are just rare as hen's teeth any more.

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I so badly wanted a Single Six in .327 but Ruger just HAD to jam another round in it and make it a "Single Seven". I was furious.
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Ruger could put the 30SC into a single-six revolver by use of a separate cylinder in the same manner as the "Buckeye" Blackhawk convertible model chambered in 10mm and 38/40. Then the small change in case diameter is easily accommodated and the need for exact chamber case length for proper headspacing can be provided. 32ACP in a revolver headspaces on it's tiny rim (32 ACP is a "semi-rimmed" case) so can be fired in a cylinder with much longer chambers than the 32 ACP case.

And Ruger still lists several models of it's "Single Seven" on it's website so while it may currently be sold out at the various distributors I would expect more to be available next year.
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Ruger could put the 30SC into a single-six revolver by use of a separate cylinder in the same manner as the "Buckeye" Blackhawk convertible model chambered in 10mm and 38/40. Then the small change in case diameter is easily accommodated and the need for exact chamber case length for proper headspacing can be provided. 32ACP in a revolver headspaces on it's tiny rim (32 ACP is a "semi-rimmed" case) so can be fired in a cylinder with much longer chambers than the 32 ACP case.

And Ruger still lists several models of it's "Single Seven" on it's website so while it may currently be sold out at the various distributors I would expect more to be available next year.
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That tiny rim does a good job.  Used 32acp in a 32-20 revolver lots of times - fairly wimpy but there was a time 32 acp ammo was reasonable for plinking.  I didn't think about that 30 super carry isn't semi-rimmed.
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Will it fit in a .327 chamber .337" case dia vs .3425" of the .30 SC.  Then there is the question of headspace?  Cool if it does in the .327 FM however, case is short enough that it may chamber in the .32 S&W Long which would be way over pressured.  .30 SC is longer then .605" of the S&W case.  That would be dangerous.

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Wait, .30 super carry is more or less a .32
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I'll also throw the 7.65x20mm French Long into the mix.  Close to the .30 Super Carry but using a .308 bullet instead of a .312-.314"

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If the 30 Super Carry used 308 bullets there would be a lot of cool applications for it. Single Six with 110gr Tac TX
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Had the 327\32 hit the market in the mid 1950's, I think it would have really taken off especially if Ruger jumped in with a Single Six early on. I believe these cartridges would have been very popular in the south west and mountain west with varmint hunters as well as being good for acquiring camp meat.  

If the round was birthed in that period and a big name gun writer or two took up the torch for it, I'm sure it would be flourishing today. I can't help but believe Skeeter would have loved the 327 as a varmint round for jacks, javelina, yotes, etc.

A few years ago I passed on a very good deal on a Single Seven that came with ammo and brass for 327, 32H&R, 32 S&W Long and S&W Short. I still regret not buying that package.
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Revolvers take six rounds, sometimes just five if you have a J frame.  

I have zero interest in more firepower via extra chambers.  That goes for 10 shot .22 revolvers as well.

OK, maybe it’s because I can only count to six but it is what I prefer.


It kills me all the stuff that Ruger has in the catalog but just doesn’t make.  Three years before it may hit the production list,.....or simply dropped or replaced by some bastardized version I do not want.

I could have bought a SP101 fixed sight but I only want an adjustable sight  model.  Never showed in stock.  I was already compromising by looking at .327 when I really would like a S&W model 16 4” .....in .32 H&R.
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Revolvers take six rounds, sometimes just five if you have a J frame.  

I have zero interest in more firepower via extra chambers.  That goes for 10 shot .22 revolvers as well.

OK, maybe it’s because I can only count to six but it is what I prefer.


It kills me all the stuff that Ruger has in the catalog but just doesn’t make.  Three years before it may hit the production list,.....or simply dropped or replaced by some bastardized version I do not want.

I could have bought a SP101 fixed sight but I only want an adjustable sight  model.  Never showed in stock.  I was already compromising by looking at .327 when I really would like a S&W model 16 4” .....in .32 H&R.
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Another who wanted a K frame.  I want a small game gun, not a belly gun.  Being OCONUS for most of the last 20 yrs, this Single Six fixed sight was available.  I also want an adjustable sighted gun but have put this off long enough.


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If S&W made a 340 and 640 variant in 327, I think they would sell. I would be a buyer, interested to see what Taurus comes out with over the next few years since Smith won’t product revolvers that consumers want…


Like this 632 that didn't sell?
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Exactly. They never sold well. Had they all come out when revolvers in general were more popular they probably would have done well. I worked at a distributor that ordered runs of 431’s and 432’s and I always had a couple customers waiting for them but I don’t think there was ever enough demand for it to be a normal production item. I later worked at a gun store that stocked a ton of wheel guns and always tried to have the oddball stuff that big box stores don’t usually carry. The 327 and 32H&R guns were a tough sell to most people. Ammo cost was high when it was available and bullet choices were pretty limited. For a long time it the only 32H&R you could get in quantity was Black Hills. They had two main loads if I remember correctly one was a Hornady XTP load and one was a lead bullet cowboy type load so you had a low recoil practice load and a defense/hunting load. If the customer wasn’t recoil sensitive I’d just sell them the xtp load because they were basically the same price.
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