The GP100 is larger and heavier, the SP101 is ...well, svelte is the word I can come up with. My question was somewhat similar. Wonder why they did not do this in 327 Magnum? :dunno:I sure am not the sharpest knife in the drawer however my feeble mind would like to know why would they drop the ammo capacity down to 5 rounds when the GP100 carries 6? To my notion the GP100 was and is a good working pistol and I have had many of them without a much of a hiccup. Granted it is nice to have a trigger job done on a GP100 but after I did that to mine (and still have) I find it to be an excellent shooter. Of course I am not shooting competition with it also so maybe that may be a reason? Just my curiosity at work is all.
The SP101 in 32 Federal Magnum IS A 6 shotWell, let's cypher. Diameter difference between .35 and .32 is .03. .03x6=.18. Is that enough to allow a sixth chamber in the .327 version of the SP101? Well shucks, I dunno.
Regardless of capacity, if someone took the plunge for an SP101 in .327 Mag, and then went to .32 S&W because the mag was too 'snappy', he'd be a fair amount lower on the effectiveness totem pole than if he had a .38 Special, wouldn't he?
Tut-tut, Greg, not calling you out as a wimp here. Hey, where'd you find that 3" GP100MC, anyway?
Dang, you just made THE case for .32 caliber. :Cooltu: Well stated.As far as power, that's the beauty of the 327. You could carry the 327 Magnum and get nearly 357 magnum power. A 100 grain .312 bullet at 1400 fps ain't no slouch. Don't want or need that much power, the same bullet out of the 327 H&R Magnum gets 1200 feet per second and equals 38 special energy. Want to pot a rabbit for supper? The 32 S&W Long shooting the same bullet at 700 is just the ticket. It does the job with minimal meat damage. Want to shoot cans in the back yard. Maybe the 32 S&W with a 90 grain lead bullet at around 500 fps is just the ticket. All of these will chamber in the 327 Federal magnum.
The 32 is a very good caliber that deserves better than what it gets.