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Old March 13th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #1
 
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Question LCR in 327 Federal: Best Load(s)?

So I've just picked up a Ruger LCR in .327 Federal. Honestly the chambering intrigued the heck out of me, I've always been a wheelgun fan and I wanted a defense/carry gun that I'd enjoy shooting. Plus, I've enjoyed Ruger's quality and design in the past. This DA revolver is my entry back after a few years off from gun ownership.

Took it to the range, naturally enough, to get to know it. Ammo choice was a bit limited there. I tried out both of the rounds they had in stock that this gun will fire:
  1. Magtech .32 S&W Long, 98gr Lead Round Nose
  2. Speer Gold Dot 115gr Jacketed Hollow Point

The LCR gobbled down the Magtech's for a snack and asked for more. At the advertised 705 fps / 108 ft-lbs the lightweight snubbie just shrugged them off.

The Speers, on the other hand made her jump around a bit at 1200 fps / 357 ft-lbs. I still was well grouped and on target at 20 feet, I was able to fire reasonably rapidly for two groups of 6... But it did require a fair bit of effort (more than you would want when your back is against the wall, most likely). I also would likely not shoot more than a 3-4 groups of 6 during a range session with that load. Hand fatigue became apparent after the 12 rounds I did let off...

Obviously the Magtechs are not a preferred load, they were expedient. The Speers might be desirable for defense and carry, but practice time with them seems prohibitive. Also, I'd like to settle in with choices for all the variations that this chamber can accommodate.

Here's some of my initial thoughts.
  1. .32 S&W Short - I'd like to have a solid choice for plinking and in-home defense with this caliber. I live in an apartment complex. Ideal would be a round that sticks in a perp and doesn't go through walls to disrupt the neighbors. Chances I'd HAVE to use it are slim, but not zero. Is there a Solid Copper Hollow Point that is loaded hot for the S&W Short? That seems ideal to me and lead free would be a plus for lots of plinking...
  2. .32 S&W Long - Enough choices exist here that I'll likely not have an issue settling on a winner. Economical for lots of range time sounds right. Maybe a Wadcutter. Am I missing an important point?
  3. .32 H&R Magnum - Any recommends here for a good carry round that doesn't break the bank?
  4. .327 Federal Magnum - What round offers a good balance between stopping power and comfortable handling for this gun? I think those Speers would probably be better in a long barreled Single Seven. Maybe a lighter weight bullet? I'd like to maintain as much of the impact advantage this caliber offers.

Handloading isn't really an option for me. I'll be shooting off the shelf ammo for the foreseeable future.



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First of all welcome to the forum. To answer your question, I load mine with the 115 grain Gold Dots when CC the 327 LCR. There are probably other rounds that are a little more pleasant to shoot but when you're carrying for self defense you want all the stopping power you can get. Remember you're shooting a smaller bullet (.312) so you're giving up some in frontal diameter. Unfortunately 327 ammo is not cheap and of course self defense ammo is always more expensive. I think it's a good little caliber and don't feel under gunned when I carry it.
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I love the .327 and own the Blackhawk, SP 101, and Single Seven. I shoot the American Eagle 100 gr. for plinking and the 100 gr. Gold Dots for woods carry and SD. I've killed a coyote at 25 yards with the Blackhawk, and a double tap to a wounded 135 pound buck at 12 steps. The deer had been spined by a bow hunter and still had use of its front legs. A double tap from the SP with 100 gr. Gold Dots and he fell and only took one more breath. The .327 does have a good jolt in the 3 inch SP but it does its job on the other end very well. I do reload but haven't started reloading the .327 yet. When I do, I will probably start with the Hornaday XTP.
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American eagle and gold dot here. The 85 grainer AE rounds are nice to practice with.
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Me too. I normally carry the 85 grn Hydra Shok but have been known to also load the 100 and 115 grn Gold Dots into my LCR. For plinking I shoot the 85 grn AE mostly, but I also shoot the .32 S&W long wadcutter from Magtech. Hornady Critical Defense .32 H&R is also a nice round.

I've shot some .32 S&W shorts, enough to have decided I don't really need to go that low. .32 S&W Long is light enough and plenty accurate in general.
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OK I have a Ruger SP101 .327FM 3 inch barrel, love this caliber but its best to reload for it if you can. Price of .32 caliber ammo is way to expensive. I would suggest that were you have a .327LCR I would stick with .32 H&R defensive loads for now unless you do reload! Hornady Critical defense makes a good load in .32 H&R a 85 grain jhp. This is the loading I would recommend for the .327 LCR. Also .32 S&W Long is a good plinking load and I think you can also get a defensive load as well. Now .327 FM might be a tad rough in the LCR especially if you have any arthritis. This is what I have to contend with. I have worked out several loads using .327 FM brass from my Federal American Eagle loads as well as the Starline .327 FM brass. I have worked up some reloads using from 85 grain jhp's 94 grain lead semi-wadd cutter, 100 grain jhp's as well. My carry loading is the Federal .327 FM 85 grain jhp. My favorite loading is 9 grains of 2400 using a 94 grain LSWC bullet. I had to go to a Hogue Wood grip it provides the best grip for my small hands. I think you will enjoy the .327 LCR if you find the right load that doesn't beat you hands up. This is what I did with my Ruger LCRX .38 Special & it makes all the difference good luck to you!!! If you have some question's on the .327 FM send me a PM
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Also .32 S&W Long is a good plinking load and I think you can also get a defensive load as well.
I know Buffalo Bore makes a 115 grn HC FN. 781 fps from a 3-inch barrel, so it would probably be pretty slow out of a LCR. Hardest hitting .32 S&W Long you'll find commercially, I suspect!
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Hi and welcome aboard.

This topic has been covered here before. You might want to check out this thread:


LCR 327 Magnum

I carry the LCR .327 almost daily. Personally, I find the .327 loads just too hot for such a small, lightweight snubbie. I prefer to carry the 32 H&R from Speer. A substantial SD round with not that much kick. If you want to go with 32 SW Long, I'd recommend you get the Buffalo Bore hardcast wadcutters.

When it comes to feeding of your .327, I don't know that you're going to find much out there that is considered economical.

Good luck and again, welcome.
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Yeah, I guess I didn't dig far enough back in the forum pages. Thanks for the link.

I'll reread the above replies, but don't think I saw anyone shooting the S&W Short on a regular basis. I still want to try and stock a few rounds in every variant this chamber can handle. The off the shelf Shorts don't look too promising so far though. I'll keep digging.

Like I said, I can shoot the Gold Dots and keep on point, but not for long. I'd also like something more manageable in the .327 Fed Mag for my wife to try out.
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.32 S&W Long is plenty light for your wife.
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If buffalo bore makes a defensive loading for the .32 S&W long that might be a very good load that the OP should try in his LCR .327
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Prefer the economical PPU S&W Long for practice and Hornady 32 H&R Mag for carry
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I like the American Eagle 85 fr for practice in 327. But it's still hot and hard on the hand.

For 32 H&R, I carry the Georgia Arms 100 fr JHP and also practice with it. Reasonable price.

For practice with 32 S&W long I like wadcutters from Fiocchi. I used to carry a 31-1 smith with Buffalo Bore 100gr wadcutters, but now carry 32 H&R.

BTW, I heard that Speer had switched to 100 gr gold dot and discontinued the 115 gr. version.

If that's true, you might want to hold onto those 115 gr gold dots as you probably can't replace them. I have four boxes of the 115's I'm keeping for possible carry at some point.
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.32 S&W Long is plenty light for your wife.
Probably the .32 H&R's for her, or if I can find a suitable .32 Fed Mag. She can shoot.

I want S&W Shorts for me, because I can.
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I like the American Eagle 85 fr for practice in 327. But it's still hot and hard on the hand.

For 32 H&R, I carry the Georgia Arms 100 fr JHP and also practice with it. Reasonable price.

For practice with 32 S&W long I like wadcutters from Fiocchi. I used to carry a 31-1 smith with Buffalo Bore 100gr wadcutters, but now carry 32 H&R.

BTW, I heard that Speer had switched to 100 gr gold dot and discontinued the 115 gr. version.

If that's true, you might want to hold onto those 115 gr gold dots as you probably can't replace them. I have four boxes of the 115's I'm keeping for possible carry at some point.
Well... I've got 8 of the 115gr Gold Dots left. Don't know if/when I'll pick up some more. Likely the 85gr JSP from American Eagle will be my next Fed Mag round to try. Or maybe the Federal Hydra Shoks. I liked shooting Hydra Shoks from my .357 Magnum.

I'm definitely looking at the Fiocchi Wadcutters in S&W Long for range rounds.

Federal makes a Personal Defense JHP in 85gr and Hornady makes an 85gr FTX. Both are .32 H&R Magnum. I'm thinking a couple more cents a round for the Hornady's are in order...


Anyone have any feedback on Reed's 60gr Hollow Point in S&W Short?
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