Post by squawberryman on Aug 9, 2019 19:55:12 GMT -5
There's many cartridges whose name belies their actual size. Given we could blame that on the past and all that goes with it. The 327 was developed after horse drawn carriages so why is a 312 to 314 sized bullet called a 327?
The good Lord takes his fish fried
If a LITTLE bit of butter makes it a LITTLE bit better....
WD40 will eat it's way out of a can, yet people spray it on their guns
As an instructor,, this is a topic I often choose to only touch lightly upon. We can come of with a huge number of calibers which do not match their "size" while others do so easily. A whole book could be written on the history of caliber designations.
I'd say that in the case of the 327 Mag,, as noted above,, a hot rodded 32 mag, was named by a marketing designer. A name has to be "catchy" in todays market.
Very old naming convention here. 32 Rimfire did have a larger than .314 bullet. Example that I know: (41 rimfire at about 0.401" +/- changed to a inside case diameter bullet of 0.386" in the 41 Long Colt which also had heeled bullets also). Same problem here when the named 32 rimfire with a heeled bullet eventually went to an inside case diameter bullet in the 32 S&W to a 32 S&W Long to a 32 H&R mag to the 327 Fed. Mag. It gets hard to find a name for each interation..... I run into this problem naming bullet designs and have to be creative at times.
I feel dumb saying 327 federal magnum. As much as I like the round, it just sounds stupid. I go to an indoor range near my house, and they always ask what caliber you will be shooting. I always get a puzzled look from the very nice, but relatively inexperienced women working, so now I just say .32’s