Sp101 327 3"

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Hello. I love the 327 round and have a Ruger SP101 3 and 4". I was wondering if anyone knows how many of the 3" with Adjustable rear blade sights were made?
I remember right after buying mine, Ruger discontinued the adjustable rear sight and went to a groove sight. I know the Adjustable were only available for a very short time and very few were made before the switch.
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MHtractorguy

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WOW, now you've given me another one to look out for. That is a beautiful revolver and a very useful combination. I have the 4.2 MC in 357 and I enjoy carrying and shooting it, but...3 inch, 327, with adjustable sights is perfect.
I cannot help at all with the your question, I am sorry.
 

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Full power 327 magnum in the 3" is quite a handful. Its just as fun to shoot 32acp,32 s@w short and 32 s@w long and 32 h@r magnum, which is why the 327 is so versatile. I am considering getting a henry lever in 327 as well.
 

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Ruger also made a 3 inch SP-101 in 32 H&R prior to the introduction of the 327. It's a twin to the one in your photo.
There was no need to make one in 32 H&R any longer since the 327 could handle both. I wonder how many of those were made?
 

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"A very short time" is relative. The 3" adjustable sight SP-101 in .327 was available for at least a couple years after introduction in 2007. My memory says about 4 years, but I may be misremembering. I think very early production may have had cylinder machining issues, used to be a sticky thread at the top of this or the gunsmithing subforum. 3" was not a great seller from the first run, the new trough sight models are a reintroduced model from the late 2010s.

The .32 H&R SP-101s were never a high production item but were available for something like 8-10 years in the 90s and 00s. Both 3" and 4" models produced, 4" was a full underlug barrel unlike current 4" SP-101 production.

FWIW, ignoring the sight difference, SP-101s from the first run will have much nicer machining near the rear cylinder stop on the left side of the frame. I would be interested in having a 3" .327 except I cannot get over the muzzle blast of such a short barrel for this cartridge. And I have a pretty complete set of 3" SP-101s.
 

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"A very short time" is relative. The 3" adjustable sight SP-101 in .327 was available for at least a couple years after introduction in 2007. My memory says about 4 years, but I may be misremembering. I think very early production may have had cylinder machining issues, used to be a sticky thread at the top of this or the gunsmithing subforum. 3" was not a great seller from the first run, the new trough sight models are a reintroduced model from the late 2010s.

The .32 H&R SP-101s were never a high production item but were available for something like 8-10 years in the 90s and 00s. Both 3" and 4" models produced, 4" was a full underlug barrel unlike current 4" SP-101 production.

FWIW, ignoring the sight difference, SP-101s from the first run will have much nicer machining near the rear cylinder stop on the left side of the frame. I would be interested in having a 3" .327 except I cannot get over the muzzle blast of such a short barrel for this cartridge. And I have a pretty complete set of 3" SP-101s.
Thanks for the info, IF you dont like muzzle blast, you really wont like this one, lol. I got it a few years ago from a private seller. Both barrels are 45-70 and is very rare. 99% of them had one barrel in 45C/410 and the other 45-70. It was developed for the Alaskan state troopers for traffic stops when a Griz might suprise them. Its really not that bad to shoot, just make sure you had a wooden dowell between your upper and lower jaws, lol.
I also have a birds head single six in 32 H@R.
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@AmmoRecycler, don't see a point to that one either though I doubt you'd be using loads at 45ksi like the .327. I try to avoid high pressure cartridges in short barrels unless there is a very specific objective in mind. With the extra allowable pressure for .32 H&R in Ruger revolvers, never saw the point to the short-barreled .327.

Would buy one to fill out the collection if it just showed up. Seems unlikely at this point.
 

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If your afraid of recoil, you wouldnt see a point to my collection, but often for collectors, the point is there is no point. I like different, obscure and collectable firearms. Comparing a 327 100 grain bullet to a 45-70 540 grain bullet is ridiculous. I also reload and cast bullets. My least favorite to shoot is my Savage striker bolt action pistol in 308, it throws bigger fireballs than any of them and doubles as a flame thrower. But, its difficult to hold on to.
 

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Recoil is not the same as muzzle blast. I'd bet the pressure when a .327 exits a 3" barrel is higher than the peak pressure on a standard .45-70 load. Pressure equals noise equals muzzle blast.

Same reason .22 rifles are approximately hearing safe and .22 pistols are not remotely.
 
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