Buffalo Bore recently introduced two new loads for the .327 Federal Magnum. Â The first is a 100 grain JHP while the second is a hard cast 130 grain Keith-style load.
The 100 grain JHP load appears to use the Hornady XTP bullet, which has a thicker-than-typical jacket. Â The thick jacket allows for deeper penetration than might otherwise be expected from another brand of hollowpoint. Â The load is rated at 1800 fps from a test barrel. Â From a Ruger Black Hawk with a 5.5″ barrel, the load made for 1466 fps at the muzzle, and Buffalo Bore rates the load as 1450 fps.
The 130 grain hard cast load uses a solid lead, semi-wadcutter bullet. Â The bullet is heavier-than-typical for the caliber and is designed for deep penetration. Â This load would be excellent in a lever action rifle as a trail gun.
From a test barrel, the 130 grain bullet is pushed to 1700 fps. Â Using the same Ruger Black Hawk from above, the bullet makes 1391 fps at the muzzle. Â Buffalo Bore rates the load at 1300 fps in their literature.
I am glad to see that there are some additional variety in the ammunition options for the .327 Federal Magnum. Â I think the cartridge has a lot of potential, and when companies like Buffalo Bore step in to support the cartridge it suggests there is demand in the marketplace for these loads.
Update: October 2013
Checking the Buffalo Bore website, the company is still selling both of these loads several years after their introduction. Â The MSRP on both of these ammo loads is $30.18 currently. Â I haven’t tested any of this ammunition, but Buffalo Bore manufacturers some very good ammo. Â I’d like to hear feedback from anyone who has tried either of these two loads. Â Has anyone out there run some of this ammo in their own .327 Magnum revolvers? Â I bet that JHP load would make for a very good self defense load, while the hard cast load would probably make a good small game load – especially if someone would make a lever gun in this caliber.
Oh, and in case you were thinking the 327 Mag was a failed cartridge, Ruger re-introduced the SP101 revolver chambered for it. Now I just wish someone would make a lever gun for the cartridge.