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Reloading The .327 Federal Magnum



photos © MDS - 2009

(above is .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .32 H&R Magnum, .327 Federal Magnum)(bullets: 100 gr plated, 100 gr RNFP, 115 gr RNFP & 113 gr with Gas Check)


Loads for the "Big Boy" of the .32 calibers, the .327 Federal Magnum:
(Note: Most ARE MAXIMUM loads, you may want to use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
You can shoot the .32 S&W and the .32 S&W Long AND the .32 H&R Magnum since all are shorter cartridges than the .327 mag. but the same bullet diameter.
Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.

Bullet size is usually .314" (lead) and Jacketed is usually .312" in diameter. Note that there is quite a difference in the lead .312" RNFP and the .314" lead Wadcutter of the same 90 grain weight. Some lead bullets are .313"

(Note H110 & W296 are the same as of 2008 as is HP-38 & W231)

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60 Grain Hornady Jacketed HP (.312")(these light bullets 
will not stabilize well at high speeds and usually used in .32 auto)
    AA #5      10.3 gr. 1,489 (max)
    Unique      7.0 gr. 1,667  Hi=1709, Lo=1600, ES=110
    Unique      8.0 gr. 1,815  Hi=1868, Lo=1774, ES=94 (good load)
    WAP        10.6 gr. 1,754 (max)  
    Titegroup   5.7 gr. 1,512  Hi=1563, Lo=1471, ES=92 
    TrueBlue   use 7.5 to 8.8 grains
  Ramshot Competition use 3.9 to 4.6 grains
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71 Grain FMJ (.312")
    True Blue   8.6 gr. 1,624
    True Blue   9.5 gr. 1,792 (max)
    Unique      7.0 gr. 1,652  Hi=1942, Lo=1546, ES=396
    Unique      8.5 gr. 1,748  Hi=1789, Lo=1731, ES=58 (MAX)
    W-231/HP-38 6.9 gr. 1,585
    ZIP         4.5 gr. 1,082  Hi=1193, Lo=999,  ES=194 (mild)
    ZIP         5.0 gr. 1,186  Hi=1312, Lo=1120, ES=192
    ZIP         6.0 gr. 1,382  Hi=1429, Lo=1308, ES=121 (best load)
    Titegroup   5.5 gr. 1,408  Hi=1443, Lo=1385, ES=58 
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77-78 Grain LEAD  (.314")
    Clays       4.2 gr.   848 (almost max)
    IMR SR4756  5.8 gr. 1,174 fps (start)
    IMR SR4756  7.0 gr. 1,422 fps (MAX)
    Trail Boss  3.0 gr.   919 fps (start)
    Trail Boss  3.5 gr. 1,024 (max)
    W AutoComp  5.8 gr. 1,251 (start)
    W AutoComp  6.7 gr. 1,393 (max)
    Unique      4.5 gr.   984 
    Universal   4.9 gr. 1,190 (start)
    Universal   5.5 gr. 1,357 (max)
    W-231       4.5 gr.   944
    W-231       5.1 gr. 1,273 (start)
    W-231       5.8 gr. 1,380 (max)
    HP-38       5.1 gr. 1,273 (start)
    HP-38       5.8 gr. 1,380 (max)
    Titegroup   4.5 gr. 1,225 (start)
    Titegroup   5.3 gr. 1,391 (max)
    True Blue   8.0 gr. 1,552 
    True Blue   9.0 gr. 1,753 (MAX)
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83-85 Grain LEAD  (.314")
    Universal   5.1 gr. 1,038 start
    Universal   6.0 gr. 1,342 max
    W231        5.2 gr. 1,081 start
    W231        5.9 gr. 1,322 max
    Titegroup   4.4 gr. 1,143
    Titegroup   5.7 gr. 1,473 max
    Unique      5.6 gr. 1,175
    Bullseye    4.2 gr. 1,017
    Bullseye    4.8 gr. 1,178
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85 Grain Jacketed (.312")
    Clays       5.5 gr. 1,251 (Max)(hot)
    Universal   5.3 gr. 1,253 (start)
    Universal   6.0 gr. 1,378 (max)
    W-231       5.3 gr. 1,142
    W-231       5.5 gr. 1,299 (start)
    W-231       6.0 gr. 1,416 (max)
    HP-38       5.5 gr. 1,299 (start)
    HP-38       6.0 gr. 1,416 (max)
    HS-6        7.6 gr. 1,402 (start)
    HS-6        8.5 gr. 1,561 (max)
    2400       11.0 gr. 1,296 (start)
    2400       11.8 gr. 1,330
    2400       12.3 gr. 1,392 (max)
    Titegroup   5.0 gr. 1,294 (start)
    Titegroup   5.8 gr. 1,438 (max)
    AA #7      10.2 gr. 1,332 (max)
    AA #9      11.0 gr. 1,296 (start)
    AA #9      11.7 gr. 1,358
    AA #9      12.3 gr. 1,402 (max)
    True Blue   7.6 gr. 1,408
    True Blue   8.7 gr. 1,636 (max)
    Federal Factory JHP 1,404 fps   Hi=1526, Lo=1303, ES  162.9
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90 Grain LEAD RNFP(.312 to .313")
    W-AutoComp  5.5 gr. 1,210 (start)
    W-AutoComp  6.3 gr. 1,348 (max)
    Universal   4.3 gr. 1,090 (start)
    Universal   5.2 gr. 1,274 (max)
    HP-38 & W-231  4.5 gr. 1,118 (start) YES, they are the same powder
    HP-38 & W-231  5.5 gr. 1,299 (max)
    AA #9      11.5 gr. 1,352 (max)
    Trail Boss  2.7 gr.   789 (start)
    Trail Boss  3.2 gr.   890 (max) very nice cowboy load
    Titegroup   3.8 gr. 1,066 (start)
    Titegroup   5.0 gr. 1,283 (max)
    True Blue   7.0 gr. 1,371
    True Blue   7.8 gr. 1,529 (Max)
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90 Grain LEAD HB Wadcutter (.314")
    Universal   2.4 gr. 721 (start)
    Universal   2.8 gr. 869(max)
    HP-38 & W-231  2.3 gr. 781 (start) YES, they are the same powder
    HP-38 & W-231  2.7 gr. 878 (max)
    Titegroup   2.0 gr. 773 (start)
    Titegroup   2.3 gr. 859 (max)
    Clays       1.9 gr. 792 (start)
    Clays       2.2 gr. 856 (max)
    AA #7      10.1 gr. 1,443 (max)
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90 Grain Jacketed HP(.312")
    W-AutoComp  6.4 gr. 1,337 (start)
    W-AutoComp  7.2 gr. 1,493 (max)
    Universal   5.3 gr. 1,275 (start)
    Universal   5.7 gr. 1,372 (max)
    H-110      11.8 gr. 1,188
    H-110      12.8 gr. 1,245
    H-110      13.6 gr. 1,302 (max)
    HP-38 & W-231  5.4 gr. 1,279 (start) YES, they are the same powder
    HP-38 & W-231  6.1 gr. 1,415 (max)
    HS-6        8.5 gr. 1,563 (max)
    Titegroup   5.0 gr. 1,287 (start)
    Titegroup   5.7 gr. 1,402 (max)
    Enforcer   10.0 gr. 1,075
    Enforcer   11.2 gr. 1,214
    Enforcer   11.8 gr. 1,301 (Max)
    True Blue   7.5 gr. 1,406
    True Blue   8.3 gr. 1,555 (Max)
    AA #7      10.1 gr. 1,541 (near max)
    AA #7      10.4 gr. 1,702 (Max)
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97, 98 & 100 Grain LEAD Round Nose or SWC  (There have been loads for this size bullet 
and you will see some on the .32 H&R mag page. Of course, they are milder. 
If you want to use this weight, for .327 Mag, be guided by the .32 H&R
 page on the 90 & 100 grain RNFP .312" but suggest the start loads & go up.
if your bullet is .314", the 90 gr. wadcutter is a better guide)(also see
the 115 grain lead RNFP.312 or .313" loads below)(I will add loads as I 
experiment with the 100 grain lead bullets I have on hand)

    Titegroup   4.2 gr.  1,008 (Try 3.5 gr. to 4.6 gr. for good range)
    2400   Try 10.0 to 11.2 grains with SWC bullet
    Unique Try 4.0 to 5.2 grains with SWC
    W-231  try 4.0 to 5.0 grains
    2400  try range of 10.0 to 11.3 grains
    H-110 try range of 11.5 to 13.3 grains
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100 Grain LEAD Round Nose, Flat point (5.5" bbl Ruger SA)
    True Blue   6.5 gr.  1,280  Hi=1300  Lo=1257  ES=63
    True Blue   7.2 gr.  1,397  Hi=1411  Lo=1383  ES=28 (good)
    Enforcer   10.8 gr.  1,238  Hi=1301  Lo=1169  ES=132
    2400       10.4 gr. 4" bbl  1,167 Hi=1178  Lo=1153  ES=25
    2400       10.4 gr.5.5"bbl  1,278 Hi=1331  Lo=1216  ES=115
    Trail Boss  3.2 gr.5.5"bbl    842 Hi=867   Lo=813   ES=54
    Lil' Gun   13.2 gr. 4" bbl  1,228 Hi=1389  Lo=1250  ES=139
    Lil' Gun   13.2 gr.5.5"bbl  1,270 Hi=1329  Lo=1233  ES=96
    Tite Group  4.8 gr. 4" bbl  1,029 Hi=1163  Lo=1079  ES=84
    Tite Group  4.8 gr.5.5"bbl  1,281 Hi=1317  Lo=1265  ES=52
    Unique      4.5 gr.  955
    Unique      5.5 gr. 1,267 max
    Ramshot ZIP 4.8 gr. 1,150   Hi=1199  Lo=1110  ES=89
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100 Grain Plated bullet Flat Point (.312")(5.5" bbl Ruger SA)
    True Blue   6.2 gr.  1,143  Hi=1143  Lo=1131  ES=17 (very good)
    True Blue   7.0 gr.  1,258  Hi=1298  Lo=1221  ES=77
    True Blue   7.2 gr.  1,334  Hi=1388  Lo=1286  ES=102
    True Blue   7.5 gr.  1,323  Hi=1357  Lo=1271  ES=86
    Enforcer   10.0 gr.  1,201  Hi=1226  Lo=1170  ES=56.5
    Enforcer   10.5 gr.  1,217  Hi=1228  Lo=1205  ES=23
    Enforcer   11.2 gr.  1,238  Hi=1270  Lo=1178  ES=92
    Unique      5.4 gr.  1,129  Hi=1161  Lo=1098  ES=63
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100 Grain Hornady XTP (.312")
    Universal   4.5 gr.  1,087 (start)
    Universal   5.4 gr.  1,250 (max)
    W-231 & HP-38  4.8 gr. 1,146 (start)
    W-231 & HP-38  5.4 gr. 1,261 (max)
    W-296       13.2 gr. 1,525 (MAXIMUM)
    AA #9       10.0 gr. 1,219 (start)
    AA #9       10.8 gr. 1,272
    AA #9       11.4 gr. 1,312 (max)
    2400        10.0 gr. 1,172 (start)
    2400        10.8 gr. 1,202
    2400        11.4 gr. 1,215 (max)
    HS-6         8.3 gr. 1,466 (max)
    Lil'Gun     12.7 gr. 1,347 (start)
    Lil'Gun     14.0 gr. 1,431 (max)
    W-AutoComp  5.5 gr.  1,190 (start)
    W-AutoComp  6.2 gr.  1,328 (max)
    Titegroup   4.3 gr.  1,102 (start)
    Titegroup   5.2 gr.  1,261 (max)
    Titegroup   5.2 gr.  1,197  Hi=1224, Lo=1182, ES=42 (good load)
    Power Pistol 6.5 gr. 1,228 (max)
    VV N350     8.8 gr.  1,565 (max)
    Enforcer   10.0 gr.  1,155
    Enforcer   11.0 gr.  1,285
    Enforcer   11.4 gr.  1,296 (near max)
    Enforcer   12.3 gr.  1,395 (Max)
    True Blue   6.8 gr.  1,279
    True Blue   7.5 gr.  1,404 (max)
Federal Factory Loads (JSP bullet) 1,463   Hi=1485  Lo=1444  ES=40.2
American Eagle Factory (JSP bullet) 1,630  Hi=1668  Lo=1604  ES=63  (in 5.5" bbl Ruger)
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113 Grain Cast Performance LEAD RNFP + Gas Check (.313")
    Trail Boss  3.2 gr.  4" bbl  760  Hi=791  Lo=704  ES=87
    Trail Boss  3.2 gr. 5.5"bbl  758  Hi=795  Lo=700  ES=94
    True Blue   5.6 gr.  4" bbl  1022 Hi=1056 Lo=998  ES=60
    True Blue   5.6 gr. 5.5"bbl  1113 Hi=1126 Lo=1104 ES=24
    True Blue   6.8 gr.  4" bbl  1152 Hi=1163 Lo=1131 ES=32
    True Blue+P 7.3 gr.* 4" bbl  1229 Hi=1250 Lo=1222 ES=28  (MAX +)
    True Blue+P 7.3 gr.*5.5"bbl  1399 Hi=1411 Lo=1386 ES=25  (MAX +)
* this is OVER max for a 115 gr bullet
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115 Grain LEAD Round Nose Flat Point (.312")
    Universal   4.2 gr.  1,059 (start)
    Universal   5.0 gr.  1,184 (max)
    Unique      4.4 gr.    992
    Unique      5.0 gr.  1,151 (max)
    W-231 & HP-38  4.3 gr. 1,053 (start)
    W-231 & HP-38  5.3 gr. 1,218 (max)
    W-AutoComp  4.7 gr.  1,062 (start)
    W-AutoComp  5.5 gr.  1,194 (max)
    Titegroup   3.6 gr.  1,012 (start)
    Titegroup   4.6 gr.  1,173 (max)
    Trail Boss  2.5 gr.    733 (start)
    Trail Boss  3.2 gr. 4" bbl 753  Hi=774  Lo=725  ES=48
    Trail Boss  3.2 gr.5.5"bbl 788  Hi=819  Lo=764  ES=55
    Trail Boss  3.0 gr.    804 (max)
    Clays       3.0 gr.    913 (start)
    Clays       3.7 gr.  1,017 (Max)
    2400        8.1 gr.  1,067 (start)
    2400        9.8 gr.  1,231 (max)
    AA #9      10.5 gr.  1,338 (max)
    Power Pistol 6.1 gr. 1,151 (near max)
    Power Pistol 6.5 gr. 1,177 (max)
    True Blue   6.2 gr.  1,192
    True Blue   6.0 gr.  1,189  Hi=1205  Lo=1175  ES=30.2 (5.5" bbl Ruger)
    True Blue   6.6 gr.  1,162  Hi=1217  Lo=1117  ES=100 (4" bbl Charter Arms)
    True Blue   7.0 gr.  1,348 (max)
    Enforcer   11.3 gr.  1,308
    Enforcer   11.3 gr.  1,282 in 4" bbl revolver - good load
    Enforcer   12.8 gr.  1,488 (Max)(This is very hot for a lead bullet)
(if a Gas Check bullet is available, it would be better,
and there are a few available such as 113 gr CP above)
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115 Grain Speer Gold Dot (.312")
    H-110      11.5 gr.  1,166
    H-110      12.0 gr.  1,212
    H-110      12.3 gr.  1,255 
    Power Pistol 6.0 gr  1,216
 
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125 Grain cast lead
    5744       12.4 gr.  1,206  (use a bullet with GC if you can)

Discussion: All the powders listed are fast to medium burning powders in small quantities for these lighter bullets. The JHP would be the defense bullet to use.

The very light, 60 and 71 grain bullets are meant for a .32 auto and for the .32 long and not really intended for the .32 H&R and certainly not for the .327 mag, but times are tough and hard to find jacketed bullets, so I am experimenting with these little bullets. I seriously doubt the accuracy of the little bullets at high speeds, but they should hit pretty hard at close range.

A bullet with a copper gas check or copper plating is best for INDOOR ranges to keep lead vapors out of the air.

*
Power Pistol, Bullseye, Unique and 2400 are products of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
Clays, Universal, HP38, HS6 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
No. 2, No. 5, No. 7, No. 9, #2230, and #2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
WAP (Winchester Action Pistol), WMR, WSF, WSL, 760, 748, 231 and 540 are products of Winchester, Components Div.
True Blue, Competition, and Enforcer are products of Ramshot Powders

References: Accurate Arms Co. 1996 Reloading booklet - - Alliant - - Hodgdon's web site 2009 - - Hodgdon now owns Winchester and IMR powders (2009) - - Numerous magazine articles on reloading special calibers and personal loads where noted.

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