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Old September 7, 2012, 11:40 PM   #1
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Taurus .327 Magnum?

I know there was a discussion awhile back about the demise of the .327 round overall, but I just stumbled on a sale of Taurus .327 magnum revolvers and (Father forgive me!) I am considering grabbing one just for the comparative uniqueness of the platform.

Opinions? Worth $250?
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Old September 8, 2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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no, the 327 fed mag isn't dead yet, but remember it is a taurus.
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Old September 8, 2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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CDNN has them for about that price. Their 2012-4 catalog has the Tauri for sale.

Own two of them and also own a Ruger Gp-100 and SP-101 in .327 Federal magnum.

I think the jury is still out on the supposed death knell of the .327 Federal.

There are many who enjoy the benefits of the .327 Federal magnum and their kin. The .32 calibers in revolver guise have a lot going for them.

Even Buffalo Bore has rounds for this caliber, their .32H&R magnum +P (yes,SAAMI has no +P designation) is a hard hitting round for it's size,and handloaders can load up some pretty heavy safe loads if they choose to.

The .327 Federal magnum works well from short barrels.

Need a little less power? Need a cartridge for teaching new shooters or for having fun, and for field carry? The regular .32 H&R magnum covers that.

Need less power for teaching a new shooter, for having fun with, and for general use? The .32 S&W Long covers that.

Ammo versatility is the key to these calibers taken altogether.

I shoot only the 85gr. Federal practice or defense, .327 Federal rounds out of the Taurus 327. The kick of the other and heavier rounds is quite stout in such a light gun.

Mostly .32 H&R regular or potent rounds get shot through the Taurus 327.

The more powerful .327 Federal rounds work much better out of the Ruger GP-100 and the Ruger SP-101.

The Taurus 327s have each, 400 rounds through them. Both revolvers are in the CCW carry rotation. So are the Rugers.

The .32 caliber revolver rounds have a lot going for them.

Though no experience with them the S&W 627 series should also be given a look.
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Old September 8, 2012, 09:01 AM   #4
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Taurus 327 Federal Magnum

I'd buy it, but then I have three (Charter after image):
  • Taurus 327 w/2 inch barrel
  • Charter Arms with 2.25 barrel
  • S&W w/3 inch barrel, black

I love the caliber, have totally switched from carrying any of my six semi-auto small guns unless pocket is necessary. Great caliber. I want the Rugers next.
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Old September 8, 2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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The .32 caliber revolver rounds have a lot going for them.
In addition to all the other advantages to a .32 caliber cartridge in a revolver you listed, depending on the platform, six rounds can be crowded into a cylinder that will only hold five .38 cal. rounds. At least, theoretically.
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Old September 8, 2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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I wouldnt be interested in the gun or the caliber. The 327 is going nowhere fast and wont be around for long. There are too many nice 357mags out there for a good price and you can get ammo anywhere. I bought my 74 year old Mom a 357mag Rossi snub nose and she shoots it great.
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Old September 8, 2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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And, for the miser in you, once you get set up for reloading any .32, the ammo cost equation flips. Ammo and powder go a long way.

I love reloading .32 H&R mag for my kids to shoot.
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I too think talk of the .327's demise is premature. The OP's referenced thread suggesting it is dead was very unfortunately titled--and more unfortunately not changed (to more of a question) during the course of the thread given an (at least) pro/con-balanced mega-thread discussion that ensued...or was what a judge or protesting attorney would call a "leading" statement. I don't have a specific opinion on the Taurus, not having owned one, but, as a long-time .32__ fan have been looking forward myself to an SP101 and possibly converting one of my .32 H&R Mag Single Six when I can afford--"just because." I'd also love to see a Ruger midframe SA in a .32-20/.327 convertible for the same reason
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All things aside it really depends on what else you already have. I already have a .32H&R(a favorite of mine) and a .357 so I have little use for the .327. Being said, if I was looking for a smaller DA revolver for trail or CC then I'd look hard at those taurus' (seen em priced as little as $230 NIB). Mine would likely never see an actual .327 cartridge but instead be stuffed with some of my H&R loads.

Folks have been trying to declare all the various .32 cartridges dead for a long time. Hasn't happened so far.
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Opinions? Worth $250?
Sure. (Though, they've occasionally been on sale between $189-219, through a few vendors, for the last few years.)
I've considered getting one as well, just to round out my .327s to trio.
(I like it, but don't think I'll ever get the .327 SP101. I don't like the S&W, and I can't justify the cost of the USFA Sparrowhawk.)

Just keep in mind that as soon as you drop below a 3" barrel, the cartridge gets neutered. With the 2" barrel on the Taurus, you'd be better off shooting .32 H&R loads, than .327 loads. It would still be something handy to keep around (if proven to be reliable), but the 2" barrel robs a lot of velocity from .327 loads.

Now... if it happens to be the much less common 3" version, it would be much more useful.
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The .327 Federal magnum works well from short barrels.................

does anyone have any true information on the 327 fedmag energy/velocity from a 2" barrel (not ballistics by the inch different-than-any-other-barrel measurements) other than frankenliars neutered comments???
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but the 2" barrel robs a lot of velocity from .327 loads...........

doesnt 2" barrel give less velocity for any round than longer than 2" barrel?

2" doenst rob anything, you get 2" if you think 2" suits one needs in a given situation.
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You lose a bit with a 2 in vs a 3 in but both will provide a more than sufficient defense in most CC applications.

I had a Model 327 2", I ended up trading it for a SP101 in 357. The caliber was awesome, the Taurus not so much. You want a new grip and spring kit for sure.
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