Ruger LCR .327 Federal Mag vs LCR .38+P

Discussion in 'General Firearm Forum' started by Lucian_253, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Does anyone see any advantage besides 1 extra round in the .327 LCR over the .38 +P LCR? Any input appreciated!
     
  2. 40caljim

    40caljim Active Member Supporter

    Not really. I have the LCR .38 (2" & 3" models) and with +P ammo like Federal Hydra-Shoks or similar ammo is a very formidable weapon. People forget that police departments used .38's very effectively for many years before semi auto's came into widespread use. The other reason is ammo availability and price. I am sure you can find .38 special almost anywhere.
     

  3. ABeck88

    ABeck88 Well-Known Member

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    Not really, the ammo would be more expensive and harder to find. I have the 357 magnum LCR and love it.
     
  4. j102

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    I agree. Ammo is harder to find. Why getting one when we have a great weapon in the 357/38 models? Plenty of power and ammo choices.
    I love my LCR 357.
     
  5. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Thanks! My wife has LCR .38. Was thinking of getting her the .327 if it was a better round. She has sp101 2.5 .357 mag, but prefers carrying the LCR platform.
     
  6. Bearclaw500

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    Im by no means new to guns, but certainly no expert. That being said, I had never even heard of 327 until the LCR in 327 was mentioned to me a week ago. Of all the stores I've been two, I saw the first one stocking 327 tonight. 357 and 38sp was at all of them in high quantities. For that reason, I wouldnt even consider a 327. Why get a gun you have to hunt down food for.
     
  7. 40caljim

    40caljim Active Member Supporter

    I absolutely love my LCR's. They have one of the best triggers on the market. They are lightweight, and just an all around good gun. Love carrying them for CC.
     
  8. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter


    I also like how the have a rounded back. Seems to pull from pocket easier then S&W J frames.

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  9. Easy_CZ

    Easy_CZ Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting Member

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    It appears the .327 Fed Mag has a substantial velocity advantage over the .38 Special +P.
    My .357 LCR is very cool. And, I'll be adding the .327 soon.
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  10. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter


    I was looking at that & the extra round.
     
  11. PattonWasRight

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    Yeah, the 327 is a much more serious round, but you have to weigh the tradeoffs that go along with that.

    With 38s you at least get more aftermarket support for hotter and lighter rounds both. You don't with the 327 and there's more recoil to control.

    If the 327 would gain more traction, I'd get it in a heartbeat.

    As it stands now, I'd have a tough time, unless the gun was going to sit loaded and be rarely fired. In that case, I'd score 500 rounds of the right ammo, store it properly, and be done with it.
     
  12. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

    I had the .357 and have the .38. My wife prefers her sp101 2.5" .357. Was trying to find a middle ground between the .357 & .38. If she got the .327, I'd keep .38 as a bug.
     
  13. Easy_CZ

    Easy_CZ Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting Member

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    Exactly.
     
  14. RG43

    RG43 New Member

    The other thing with .327 is you have the choice of different rounds in that gun. Similar to the choice between .38 and .357, you can shoot other .32 calibers including the .32 S&W Long and the .32 H&R Mag. So you get some variation there in terms of ballistics you can shoot, from low recoil/power to very high. That along with the extra round in the cylinder are the main benefits of the .327 over a .38/.357 LCR.
     
  15. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter


    I did not know that. Thanks for the heads up!!
     
  16. RG43

    RG43 New Member

    The down side is these other rounds are probably harder to find than the .327 mag round. 38 & 357 are two of the most common rounds you can find, along with 9mm & 45acp probably. The .32 caliber family is rather old, except for the .327, and somewhat archaic in regards to most modern guns. I'm not even sure what other guns might still be made for .32 caliber, other than the new .327 caliber guns from Ruger & Taurus? I understand S&W and Freedom Arms usued to make pistols in this caliber.

    An interesting idea for the .327 though would be using it in a lever action rifle for hunting, something that might be good for small game, more powerful and accurate than 22lr at distance, but not as destructive to the game as larger and more powerful rifle ammo. I actually thing it would be a more useful round for that purpose than for self defense handguns. But I don't know if there are any rifles for this round.
     
  17. Lucian_253

    Lucian_253 Well-Known Member Supporter

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  18. Shep482

    Shep482 Well-Known Member Supporter


    .32 S&W long is definitely hard to find locally. I've ordered it online for my 95 Nagant revolver.
     
  19. Easy_CZ

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