A Serious Revolver

If you know anything about me at all or have read much of what I have written, you’ll know I like the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge. This is partly due to the fact that it has tremendous potential. This is not a ladies cartridge as some speculate. This is a wicked round capable of driving a 115 grain Gold Dot bullet fast and deep. It is also partly due to the fact that a .327 Federal revolver can fire, .32 Short, .32 Long and .32 H&R Magnum ammunition. It is indeed versatile.

I have four .327 Magnum firearms. An SP 101 is my truck gun, an eight-shot Blackhawk is my hunting revolver and a Brockman custom Marlin model 1894 is kind of the ranch rifle here at the house. There is also the GP 100 that has been slighlty tweaked.

Tweaked GP 100 in .327 Federal

The first thing I did was install a set of XS Big Dot Sights. I did this because they are fast to acquire, easy to see, rugged and because most of my other – defensive handguns – have them too.

XS Big Dot Revolver Rear Sight

XS Big Dot Revolver Front Sight

Then, since a seven-shot speed loader for the GP 100 was not available, I sent the revolver off to TK Custom to have it converted to work with full moon clips. (By virtue of how TK Custom makes the modification, you can still load and fire the GP 100 as normal.)

TK Custom Full Moon Clip

Big revolvers like this can be a literal pain in the ass to carry so I ordered a Galco Wheelgunner holster. It is without question one of the most comfortable holsters I have ever strapped on.

Galco Wheelgunner Holster

When some think serious revolvers they always think S&W, Colt or .357 and .44. There are indeed other options and if a 115 grain Gold Dot bullet at 1300 fps that is capable of driving 16 inches into 10% ordnance gelatin ant enough for the zombies you’re fighting, you might think about getting a rifle.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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4 Responses to A Serious Revolver

  1. Jason says:

    What about ammo availability? The cartridge has been out for several years, but ammo seems very scarce if not downright impossible to find – do you see this getting any better? I’m sure the majority of people who realize the potential for this cartridge probably hand-load, but as a self defense platform, I don’t see high volumes of ammunition being available?

    • gunwriter says:

      Ammo availability has been limited for many defensive handgun cartridges due to the shear demand. This drives manufacturers to produce the most popular cartridges – 380, 38, 357, 9mm, 40 & 45. If and when the demand falls off I expect you will see more loads available in 327 Federal and from additional sources too. That said, given the terminal performance of the two Speer loads and the Federal loads (plus the other 32 caliber cartridges these guns will fire), short of a shot-shell load I can’t imagine what else anyone would need.

  2. Jim Dodd says:

    Or any self defense shooting results available?…thank…jim dodd

    • gunwriter says:

      Not that I am aware of. However, I can tell you that my gelatin tests have shown indistinguishable difference between the 327 and 357 when similar bullets are used. I can also vouch for the design of the .312 caliber Gold Dot bullets Speer put together for this cartridge. They do very well. I would not hesitate to shoot a deer inside 50 yards with either the 100 or 115 grain version.

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