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#197089 - 01/13/19 12:08 PM deer with a .327 Federal
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I did it. I killed a deer with my .327. There has been plenty of conversation and speculation about what would or could happen on the Internet. I have been reluctant to try it, but curiosity got the best of me, and I took an ideal opportunity to try it. I think we all have wanted to see actual field results.

I bought my Single Seven .327 for use in the IHMSA field pistol game, not for use on flesh. Rave reviews of accuracy and high velocity were the selling points. My Ruger with its 7.5 inch barrel does not disappoint on those fronts with the uber hot Federal American Eagle 100 grain loads. It is a little hotrod. I haven't chrono'ed mine but reports online suggest 1600-1700 fps is not only possible, but realistic. I have shot hundreds of the Federal loads through mine, and feel very comfortable with the gun and ammo.

With the Georgia season ending this weekend, it's crunch time for shooting a deer. I haven't seen a mature buck this season, but have seen a bumper crop of young bucks. On a whim I decided to carry my .327. I resolved if one of those young bucks gave me a perfect broadside shot at 25 yards I would test the 100 grain AE load on flesh.

The buck I would end up shooting emerged from the woods into the opening I was hunting at about 65 yards. As he fed comfortably, he gave me numerous broadside presentations at 50-60-70 yards, but I wouldn't try it. The accuracy wasn't an issue, but I was dubious of the .327's penetration. As fate would have it, the deer exited the field parallel to my shooting house giving me that perfect broadside shot at about 30 yards.

It was my intent to shoot the deer directly in the heart, but my placement was off. The bullet struck too low and too far forward. I did exactly what I should have not done. I shot the deer through both shoulders.
The bucks reaction was immediate. With no front drive, he plowed into the woods. I heard him crash in the crisp leaves of the nearby woods. I didn't hear him flee any further. I was cautiously optimistic that he was done, but waited 10 minutes non the less. Prepared for a wounded deer, I quietly approached his last position. My worst fear was realized. He was still alive and bedded. In that moment, I regretted my choice of gun. I leveled the front sight on the deer bedded facing away some 30-40 yards away and fired. The buck attempted to regain his feet, but only plowed forward on his chest. I hurriedly flung another shot at him. He stopped moving, laying on his side, but his head remained up. I took a seated position and carefully placed a bullet in his neck. That did it and he tumbled lifeless downhill.

All 4 shots struck the deer. 3 bullets exited, and one was recovered. I feel that if I had placed the first shot correctly, we would be talking about a one shot kill. The .327 proved to be adequate, but I can't recommend it as a first choice for deer hunting.

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#197090 - 01/13/19 01:04 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: cmnash]
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Matthew is the reason that my wife, Jennifer, now has a Ruger Single Seven in 327 Federal....that and an extended range Turkey head shot... the 327 Federal is a hot little round. Matthew showed off this bada** little gem on a forum hunt several years ago at Salt Creek, and it's an impressive combination of form and function. You did it! You took a White Tailed deer with the 327 Federal....very impressive good buddy

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#197091 - 01/13/19 01:17 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: Franchise]
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Well done, Matt! Congrats on a fine deer. I?ve been curious about the 327 fed and just might have to try one out.
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#197092 - 01/13/19 02:10 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: KRal]
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Outstanding! Congratulations!
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#197093 - 01/13/19 02:28 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: cmnash]
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This is the first 100 grain American Eagle that struck the deer. It penetrated both leg bones and was recovered in the shattered remains of the offside shoulder-leg joint.

Bullet number two hit one lung and exited. The damage inside the chest cavity was similar to the damage I have seen caused by other revolver cartridges.
Bullets 3 and 4 entered and exited the head and neck.

When I walked up to the deer, I was underwhelmed by the wounds. However, when I opened him up, the bloodshot and hemoraging was similar to wounds in deer I have killed with my .44. Where bone or rib was struck, there was violence. But, where only soft tissue was hit, the wound channel was small. That's understandable, the bullets are only .312 in diameter. Perhaps a hollow point would help...but that might hamper the impressive penetration I witnessed. Granted, it was a small deer, but a 100 grain .327 broke bones on both sides of the deer.

I feel the .327 treads deeply into .357 territory. My Single Seven in .327 with the 100 grain Federals continues to impress. As impressive as 1600 fps is in the context of small revolvers, 1600 with a 100 grain bullet falls well short of deer cartridge by all measures.

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#197095 - 01/13/19 03:09 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: cmnash]
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EXCELLENT AND FORTHRIGHT REPORT.
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#197098 - 01/13/19 07:51 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: 45MAN]
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You got it done Matt, good job!

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#197101 - 01/13/19 09:41 PM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: racksmasher1]
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Congrats. Taking handgun hunting to another level.
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#197102 - 01/14/19 12:20 AM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: Okie Hunter]
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FINE job on the deer Matthew.

l hope to see you and your 327 Ruger very soon at our first Field Pistol Match of 2019 in Feb!

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#197103 - 01/14/19 06:40 AM Re: deer with a .327 Federal [Re: sw282]
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Very nice! Congrats and appreciate the great write up.
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