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How many of you use the ammo in the title for personal defense ammo?

I have not carried it in the several months that I have had an LCR 327 and a SP101 3" 327.

I use it mainly for target practice in my 3" SP101 and 85 grain AE for target practice in my LCR.

Both weights shoot very well in my guns and are accurate.

Doe any of you carry it?

I have Speer GD 100, UNDERWOOD 95 gr Extreme Defender and Buffalo Bore 100 Gr that I will carry most of the time.but have a couple of other brands that shoot well also.

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I would be worried about over penetration with that round. In my opinion, the velocity is way too high for self defense.
 

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Nope. I carry the Buffalo Bore 100grJHP in my S&W 627 3", and I use the 85gr & 100gr for general shooting.

Both do really well out of my Henry .327 carbine - that 16.5" barrel really develops the FPS!
 

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Gel tests I've seen show the AE 100 gr bullets don't expand out of a 2in snub. And over penetrate.

The 100gr Speer Gold Dot has about the same velocity, but expands to .5in and has more reasonable penetration.

The GD is a better SD choice.
 

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I would not use this ammo for self defense as there are a few better options. It is good ammo, but I decided to do a bullet expansion test about a month ago after seeing a few clips of the bullet not expanding and reading some folks saying the same thing. Maybe they fixed the expansion issue, because the recent lot I tested had decent expansion from a 4.62" single seven, star pattern but no where near as much as a typical hollow point like a gold dot, reminded me more of how an x bullet expands. It penetrated 4 complete jugs of water with the expansion, tells me it would make a decent hunting load and would be serviceable from that revolver for self defense but not ideal. Lucky gunner has some test clips on their site showing no expansion from snubbie or a 4 inch, so it would be reasonable to say federal improved the bullet to promote expansion in the latest lots of ammo based on my own test. If you decide to use this ammo for SD, get a new lot of ammo and not old stock.
 

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Out of my 5.5" SINGLE SEVEN (just under 1,500 fps) I've found the expansion to be excellent. I was a bit disappointed in the penetration. Less than 12" in gel. Three milk jugs of water.





Video: 32 caliber water jug tests

I do know of one deer taken with that load. Worked well, 50 yard quartering away shot, short track ~35 yards, not a twitch left in him within two minutes. Broke ribs on the way in, got the left lung, clipped the heart and exited ahead of the right shoulder.
 

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I've taken 2 deer and 8 coyotes with it. no problem with expansion or over penetration.
 
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I carry the Speer Gold Dot for self defense and Buffalo Bore hard cast SWC in the woods. But, I have more of the AE 100 grain SP. Think it is a great general purpose round for the .327 Federal Magnum. The price is right and it was generally available before the latest shortage hit.
 

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327 100 gr American Eagle is a good, low cost round for practice. And it would be a good hunting round out of a Henry carbine.

But for carry, especially in an LCR 327 I use either Hydra Shok 85 gr 327, or a 32 H&R Magnum round like the buffalo bore or Hornady Critical Defense. You could also use the Speer 100 gr Gold Dot in 327 Federal for SD, but it's loud and kicks like a mule.

There is talk about a 327 Federal version of the Hornady Critical Defense, but I haven't seen it yet.
 
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