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Old March 23rd, 2017, 08:05 AM   #16
 
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Still collecting rounds for this...

I just picked up some 85gr Federal Hydra-Shok in .327 Fed Mag. Gotta try them at the range. At 1400 fps and 370 ft-lbs I'm thinking this is a serious contender for every day carry loads. I believe manageability should be considered and would rate that higher on my list than just picking rounds based on muzzle energy. Again, if I had a heavier firearm I'd probably carry the Speer Gold Dots or a 100gr American Eagle JSP.

I had ordered some .32 H&R Mag Hornady Critical Defense Flex Tip in 80gr from a local shop. Today is Thursday. I had gone in last Thursday. "We'll call you as soon as they come in," the man said. Called today looking for them. "Oh," he says, "your order was marked complete so the computer never ordered them. It thought you had already received the item. I'll order them today..." As much as I'd like to support local business, this is not making me happy.

I'm onto Reed's Ammunition and Research. They seem like a good shop with a LOT of choices in the .32/.327 range. (Can't link yet due to post count, but I'm sure you'll easily find them on the interwebz.) Likely placing an order today. For .32 H&R Mag I'm vacillating between a 90gr Sierra Jacketed Hollow Point and a 125gr Semi-Wadcutter. In the .32 S&W Short, they seem to be the only player offering a Hollow Point. Definitely want to try a box of those: 60gr Hollow Point in a Short is a bit pricey at $1 per, but it is in the class I want to try. I think that would be more worthwhile than a Lead Round Nose for .32 S&W Short.

I definitely believe that there are a lot of options to explore for this chambering and I'm trying to hone in on the best options for me in each variant (.327/.32H&R/.32Long/.32Short). I was taught that practice, experience and familiarity with anything you will be loading into a firearm is not only prudent, but mandatory.



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Old March 23rd, 2017, 08:31 AM   #17
 
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Just pulled the trigger (ha-ha) on an order from Reed's:
  • 20 rounds .32 S&W Short 60gr Hollow Point
  • 50 rounds .32 H&R Magnum 125gr Semi-Wadcutter

I'll post back after I've had a chance to take my 4 new candidates to the range. (The above 2 plus the 85gr Hydra-Shok in .327 and the Hornady Flex Tip in .32 H&R).
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OP, check out these links please.

https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...t_detail&p=345

http://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/wa...-self-defense/
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OP, check out these links please.
Thanks.

Yeah, I'll probably settle in with some Wadcutters in .32 S&W Long. Hadn't seen the Buffalo Bore offering previously. Looks to be an excellent choice.
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I haven't tried Buffalo Bore's .32 S&W, but I have shot the .327 FM and .32 H&R offerings. Yes, they're both excellent.

Never heard of Reed Ammunition. I'm going to order some too.

Edit to add:
Turns out they have a bunch of .480 Ruger ammo. No better time to add to the stockpile!

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Well my order came in from Reed's. Not terribly economical after the $13.92 shipping and handling, LOL. It would probably pay to order more bulk and knock that down on a per round breakout. If I like their stuff I'll certainly be back online with them.

But I found a couple of nice loads to try. 60gr Hollow Point in .32 S&W Short and a 125gr Hard Cast Keith in .32 H&R Magnum. Will likely get them to the range tomorrow.

No word on the .32 H&R Hornady from the local shop. When I called them today they said they'd just had a break in last night and were closed today!
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Well the Hornady rounds never showed today at the local shop. "Oh, tomorrow," the guy says. I'm done with them after I take my delivery. Not the way to win customer loyalty at all. I sorta feel like I'm interrupting when I come in there even though I'm the only customer in at the time and there are two of them standing around...

Today was range day...

The 85gr, .327 Federal Mag Hydra-Shok are very nice out of the LCR. They seem like a winner. I'll still try a couple alternates, but I've always liked the Hydra-Shok series. I'd like to try a few on something more solid than a paper target.*

The 125gr .32 H&R Mag from Reed's in a Hard Cast Keith SWC fired very nicely in terms of recoil and grouping. But they smoked more than the Marlborough Man. I don't think I'm ordering these again.

The 60 gr .32 S&W Short JHP from Reed's smoked as well, maybe not too bad. IDK if I'd order them again. Might be nice out of a longer barreled gun for small varmints. It was a nicely fun "popcorn" round, until I remembered the price per round.


* The next rounds up for test will likely be:
.327 Fed Mag, American Eagle 85gr JSP
.32 H&R Mag, Hornady 80gr FTX
.32 S&W Long, Fiocchi 100gr LWC
.32 S&W Short, still looking for a candidate... I thought I saw some Short in a FMJ somewhere on the internet.
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I carry these in my 432PD. Power is between .38 and 9mm.
"NEW" .32 H&R Mag 100gr Jacketed Hollow Point - Georgia Arms
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I have got some of the Georgia Arms .32 H&R Mag 100 grain HP's......very expensive!!!
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I carry these in my 432PD. Power is between .38 and 9mm.
"NEW" .32 H&R Mag 100gr Jacketed Hollow Point - Georgia Arms
Thanks for the link... I see they have two weights available in the H&R Magnum. I may check those out soon.
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I reload for my LCR 327 Fed Mag snubbie. It will cut your costs possibly in half. My Ruger seems to like 5.5 grains of HP-38 and a Hornady 85 grain XTP bullet the best from an accuracy standpoint. Its a very pleasant load to shoot and will work for personal protection.
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Sorry I've been away from the thread so long and thanks to everyone for the replies...

I think I've settled into the following:
  1. .327 Federal Magnum - Federal Hydra-Shok, 85 gr. Jacketed Hollow Point for EDC & American Eagle, 85 gr. Jacketed Soft Point for range time
  2. .32 H&R Magnum - Federal Champion, 95 gr. Hard Cast Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point for EDC & there sadly does not seem to be a decent range load option, just specialty rounds
  3. .32 S&W Long - Magtech 98 gr. Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point for EDC & Magtech 85 gr. Lead Round Nose for range time
  4. .32 S&W (Short) - Magtech 85 gr. Lead Round Nose for range time and plinking

I feel that these choices are working best for me through the LCR in terms of consistency of performance and expectation when/if I cycle through the options up and down the power scale available in this chambering.

Tried the .327 Federal Speer Gold Dot 115 gr. JHP and it just wasn't pleasant or conducive to consistent performance for me through such a light revolver.

Tried the .32 H&R Hornady 80 gr. Flex Tip and they seemed to be pleasant to fire, but they also seemed to "climb" at short range (7-10 yards) from this gun when all the other rounds I tried either shot flat or "dipped." Add in the expense and it just didn't seem worth the conscious effort to change shooting habits for this one round.

Tried 2 choices from Reed's: .32 S&W Short 60 gr. Jacketed Hollow Point & .32 H&R 125 gr. Hard Cast SWC. Both of them smoked and burned dirty. I was happy to have some more sophisticated selections for hard to find calibers, but I just don't want to put up with the grime.

Price isn't an overriding factor, but like everyone I don't want to break the bank every time I stock up. Some of the rounds I've selected are relatively economical and some aren't. That's fine, IMHO, as I've sort of balanced price out where it fits my equations.

Overall consistency of performance and expectation are very important to me and I think I've found that with the above list. I want to chamber different options into this revolver, that's why I selected it. But I also want to have a reasonably smooth and replicable performance as I move up and down the power spectrum available to me. To my way of thinking this helps during practice as well as for actual situations that might unfortunately arise one day.

In the end it's not about the loudest boom and the Ruger LCR in .327 Federal Magnum is not a match pistol by any means. I'm happy with the provable results I can make with these choices.

Of course I'm open to more suggestions and I may experiment more with different loads. As I stated earlier, hand loading is just right out for me at this time, but thanks to all those who suggested it. That might be a next phase down the line some time, but I'm not running out to equip myself for it just now.


Happy shooting, y'all.
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