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.357 mag vs. 327 mag in the 3 1/16" SP101

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Old April 1st, 2010, 05:38 PM   #1
 
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.357 mag vs. 327 mag in the 3 1/16" SP101

I was trying to decide which 3 1/16" sp101 to buy. I have a 2 1/4" sp so I was thinking along the line of staying with the same caliber, but the .327's are more abundant, offers one more round, and baliistics seem to be impressive as well. I'm just worried it will be to hard to find ammo. If anyone has any insight please sare it with me.

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Old April 1st, 2010, 05:46 PM   #2
 
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The 327 is a good round and does have impressive ballistics. I still like the 357 a little better but either one would work well.

Ammo for the 327 is very scarce right now and expensive when you find it.
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Exclamation Go with .357/38 Special .327 Federal Mag Ammo Hard to Find!

I have done alot of looking and web search's for availability of .327 Federal ammo. Because I was seriously considering a .327 federal magnum for CCW. Well after what I saw in stores and also online. Hands down I came back to my original decision to go with a Ruger SP101 with the 2-1/4 inch barrel in .357 magnum. I can still shoot .38 specials in this gun and no matter if you decide to go with the 3 inch or 2-1/4 inch SP101 or some other brand S&W Taurus etc. Bottom line .327 Federal ammo is almost impossible to find in the stores and also online!!! This is a really neat caliber for CCW and also just for general shooting when you want some power but don't want the kick of a .357 mag. But what good is it if you can't find ammo for it!!! I can go to almost any sporting goods store at any given time and find some ammo in either .357 magnum or .38 special. There are some good offerings out there in .38 special +p's that can suit my needs for CCW and not have to put up with severe recoil! So thats what I did bought a Ruger SP101 in .357 magnum!! My 2 cents worth, but make a nice little gun in a great caliber .327 magnum and still can shoot 32 H&R magnums and 32 long and you still cannot find ammo even in those calibers either!!!
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I think the difference in recoil between the two calibers is blow out of proportion.
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+1 on gqucool's assessment - availability and cost of .357 & .38 are much better than the .327. Sure, you can run .32s through a .327 SP, but to my mind those loads are too light for defensive work (and yeah - I'm a recoil junkie).
I wonder about the future of the .327 round too. Since you already have a 2 1/4 in .357 I'd say stay with it for the 3" ... next thing you know, you'll be going for a GP100 (yep - personal experience - watch out!).

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my vote is for the .357, I am thinking about buying a 2.25" to add to the family, I found it local for $399.99 + tax.
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If it doesn't absolutely have to be one or the other, why not get one of each? That way the question is answered in the most enjoyable way known to man; by shooting, loading and shooting some more!!!!!!!
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If it doesn't absolutely have to be one or the other, why not get one of each? That way the question is answered in the most enjoyable way known to man; by shooting, loading and shooting some more!!!!!!!
I like that answer...........Ding,Ding, we have a winner!
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If it doesn't absolutely have to be one or the other, why not get one of each? That way the question is answered in the most enjoyable way known to man; by shooting, loading and shooting some more!!!!!!!
This is very true. So are one of you guys goin to fund this idea? Lol! I wish it were that easy. If I could I would buy both along with a couple of gp100's. I have to pace myself due to low funding.
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While I'm at it Ruger mark, you can sell me that .22lr. Haha
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While I'm at it Ruger mark, you can sell me that .22lr. Haha
I sold one .22LR SP about 10 yrs ago , at the time I had several .357 SP's
and did not know how huge the mistake was until they stopped making the
22 in 2003. I will never ....ever sell this one , it was by far the most expensive
SP I own. But everything has a price!!
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Very true everything I've got is for sale! For the right price of course.
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I have a 327, got so frustrated with the ammo scarcity I decided to reload. Ha ha Try finding the bullets or the brass. Found one box of Hornady XTP, and they have long scince been gone. Actually there is plenty of the Hydroshock stuff, but it is way to expensive to plink with. I do think the ammo will eventually start to flow, and so do alot of the store owners where I shop. Lets face it, it is a newer cartridge, and any ammo is hard to find right now I do like the gun very much. On the other hand if it was a recoil only decision. The 327 with the 115 grain bullets is not that much lighter than a 357 with the lighter bullets.
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I cast a Lyman 311316 bullet for my 327. It weighs 115 gr. sized .313, lubed and gas checked. Excellent bullet for hot 327 loads and I use it in all my old Colts in 32-20. I never noticed that bullets were in short supply and I've picked up enough cases to keep me shooting until Starline or somebody produces component cases. I load Hot!!!! 32 magnum for it too. MMMMMMMMMMMMMGOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FWIW, there are now at least two sources for 327 FM brass. Freedom Arms sells it already primed, and Midsouth Shooters sells it unprimed. Primed, I paid $23/100, and the Midsouth catalog has it unprimed at around $20/100.

Bought a bunch of 71 grain FMJ Magtech bullets from Midway, but in my SP they seem to be a bit too light to load up to max; velocity and Sd get real funky. So bought 500 LSWC's at 100 grains and loaded some up with Unique. They work very well.
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