Ruger is offering two new revolvers chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum: the New Model Blackhawk and the GP100. Â These two revolvers shows the commitment of Ruger to the new Magnum caliber.
The Blackhawk is a single-action revolver with a 5 1/2″ barrel.Â It will hold eight rounds of the powerful .327 Magnum cartridges.Â The GP100 is a standard double action revolver that will hold seven of the .327 Federal Magnum rounds.Â Barrel length is 4.2″.
Shooting a Federal 100 grain soft-point bullet in the American Eagle line of ammunition, Ruger states the Blackhawk achieves 1655 fps, while the GP100 manages 1525 fps.
I’ve had a number of readers write that this cartridge made more sense as a hunting round, than that of a defensive round.Â With these revolvers, the .327 can now be taken to the field to harvest game.
Update – October 2013
Ruger dropped the single action Blackhawk chambered for the .327 Magnum cartridge at some point prior to this date. Â I can only assume that sales were low and not profitable for the company to continue the line.
Ruger has still continued the GP100 in the .32 caliber cartridge. Â While this is good for the long term viability of the cartridge, I do find it to be surprising. Â I would have expected the single-action Blackhawk to be a better seller. Â Why? Â I don’t think the .327 Magnum will catch on as a full-size defensive firearm. Â A small-frame, concealed carry gun – sure. Â I can definitely see that. Â But not a full, duty-sized gun.
On the other hand, I can see the cartridge as being a good hunting cartridge. Â And for a hunting handgun, the Blackhawk is clearly a much better choice than the GP100. Â The GP100 is a very good firearm, but for hunting, the Blackhawk is infinitely better. Â So, from my perspective (which is clearly wrong, haha), I would have figured the Ruger Blackhawk in .327 Magnum would have lasted longer than it did.
Update – March 2015
Ruger re-introduced the SP101 in .327 Mag. The revised revolver has a 4.2″ barrel and a capacity of six rounds. Check it out here.