.327 Fed. Mag. 85-grain Hydra-Shok, Personal Defense Low Recoil

posted on January 4, 2011

These loads should make handguns—especially the lighter weight, compact models—easier to manage. The .327 Fed. Mag. was first offered in the Ruger SP101, six-shot revolver. This 28-ounce handgun is not light by any stretch of the imagination, but when fired with full-power .327 Fed. Mag. loads it is still a handful. The 85-grain, Hydra-Shok Low Recoil load is much easier on the hand in the SP101 and reasonably gentle in the heavier GP100. It also performs rather well in 10-percent ordnance gelatin—similar to many 9 mm loads and at least as well as, if not better than, some .38 Spl. +P offerings.

Load MV (fps) PEN (inches) EXP (inches) RW (grains)
.327 Fed. Mag. 85-grain Hydra-Shok PD LR 1,396 12.90 .52 84


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