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#6695623 - 07/18/12 08:27 PM 327 conversion Ruger
65Jeffrey Offline
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looking for a gunsmith to do an AFFORDABLE conversion of a Single Six 32 H&R to 327 Federal.
Any recomendations?

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#6696076 - 07/19/12 05:33 AM Re: 327 conversion Ruger [Re: 65Jeffrey]
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Might be tons cheaper to just buy a .327F SA Ruger and sell your .32...
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#6696524 - 07/19/12 08:40 AM Re: 327 conversion Ruger [Re: Redneck]
Clarkm Offline
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32 S&W Long with crimp that can resist extreme recoil

Case lengths:
32 S&W long [.920" 15kpsi]
32 H&R mag [1.075" 21kcup]
327 Fed Mag [1.200" 45 kpsi]

And I do shoot 327 Federal loads in my 32 S&W Long 100 year old Colt revolvers... with beefed up forcing cones. I can get 1413 fps with HNDY 85 gr bullets. But I leave the chambers alone, as the cylinders are so short that I can only use a 1.3" OAL, and I have had to build special tooling to get the right crimp at that length.

I have converted many of my 38 specials to 357 magnum.
To convert a 38 to 357 I put a .380" straight fluted reamer into a chuck, put some cutting oil on the chuck, and with a few twists of the wrist, each chamber in the cylinder gets converted. I use an empty case as a chamber gauge, and then cut a hair more.

Here is the .380" reamer for $33
http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/NNSRIT2?PMAKA=02033801

For 327 Federal, I would probably use a .334" straight fluted reamer. That would be SAAMI sloppy, so if you want tighter, you would have to research your range of ammo diameter near the case mouth.
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#6696862 - 07/19/12 10:41 AM Re: 327 conversion Ruger [Re: Redneck]
65Jeffrey Offline
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Registered: 09/01/06
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Loc: Cheyenne
No doubt cheaper to buy a new 327 but they are on a bigger frame, looking for a really lightweight compact SA as a hiking gun

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#6696880 - 07/19/12 10:46 AM Re: 327 conversion Ruger [Re: 65Jeffrey]
EdM Offline
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Originally Posted By: 65Jeffrey
looking for a gunsmith to do an AFFORDABLE conversion of a Single Six 32 H&R to 327 Federal.
Any recomendations?


Since you want one in a Single Six there is no other option then to have a longer cylinder built, fitted, blued and the factory barrel extension cut to accept the new cylinder along with cutting a new forcing cone. As such, you are looking at an easy $500 or $600 minimum if done by anyone that knows what they are doing. Harton, Clements, Stroh and Gallagher come to mind but expect a long wait. Here's my Harton built 41 Special Old Model Single Six. He does fine work.


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