Ruger Single Seven: Merry Christmas To Me

Ruger Single Seven

I have a crazy fascination with the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge and, to be honest, with .32 caliber revolver cartridges in general. The .327 Magnum was designed specifically to provide similar ballistics as a .357 Magnum and do so with less recoil and out of short barreled revolvers (snubbies). Another advantage of the .327 Magnum is that, out of the same sized cylinder, you can get extra round. For example, my .327 Ruger LCR is a six shot revolver that is the same size and weight as a five shot .357 Magnum LCR. The five shot .38 Special LCR also the same size although a few ounces lighter.

I also love single action (cowboy) guns so when Ruger released the Single Seven chambered in .327 Federal Magnum it immediately rocketed to the top of my wish list…and stayed there.

A single action revolver is not terribly practical in the modern world. As a result, although this little revolver was at the top of the wish list other, more practical firearms were purchased instead of the Single Seven. Then last week something happened to change all that. I was passing time between meetings but browsing a local gun shop and asked about .32 caliber revolvers. They just happened to have received this one the day before. As soon as I held it the die was cast and it was just a matter of how much it would cost me…

I didn’t get a great deal on it but I didn’t get a horrible one either but in any case, Merry Christmas to me!

Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get it to the range.

Unfortunately, all is not roses and unicorns with the little Single Seven. The base pin that the cylinder rides on backs itself out under recoil binding up the gun. It started exhibiting this behavior after a few rounds of .327 Magnum but by the end of the range session it was even doing it with light .32 Smith & Wesson long rounds as well.

A quick call to Ruger an a replacement base pin is on the way. If that doesn’t resolve the issue it will have to be sent back to them for repairs. To say that I am a little disappointed would be bit of an understatement.

Take care and God bless.

7 thoughts on “Ruger Single Seven: Merry Christmas To Me

  1. Congrats on your Christmas purchase! Hope the new pin fixes your issues. 327 Mag is such a cool caliber and something in that chambering is rapidly approaching the top of my wish list, as well. I’v been pushing my brother in law to sell me his SP-101 for a couple years, with no luck. In the mean time, I’m waiting for delivery of a Henry all weather in 45 Colt, hopefully by next weekend, and getting my GP100 back from the gunsmith doing a trigger job on it. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I would really like a Henry Big Boy in .327 Magnum. I already have a WInchester 94 Trapper in .44 Magnum and two Marlin 1894s in .357 Magnum. I kind of like pistol caliber carbines, especially leverguns 🙂
      Thanks and God bless.


      1. I’m with you on the pistol caliber carbines! I like having the matching pistol and rifle combination. I picked up a Blackhawk in 45 Colt earlier this year, thus the new Henry. I have a Big Boy in 357 and the Frontier model in 22lr. Plus the Ruger PC9. The 327 mag would really be a fun caliber in a lever gun. I guess I haven’t been paying attention and didn’t realize that was available. My wife is not gonna be happy. Lol

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  2. Merry Christmas! Glad you got something you wanted and liked instead of the usual socks and underwear. ha.

    The wife got a new set of pots and pans. My Christmas purchase will be after we return from Arizona in March/April. I will be getting one of those Mossberg Shockwaves. (Unless something else tickles my fancy by then.) There just wasn’t enough time before we leave the day after Christmas to get it purchased.


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    1. I had written off the shockwaves and the like until I saw an article on how the Marshall’s witness protection team had some manufactured and how they used them.Seems like a pretty cool idea but I want to shoot one before I buy it. I like recoil but that seems like it might be more than I an willing to take on 🙂
      Take care and God bless.


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