Originally Posted by RedHaze
The Charter Arms Patriot comes with a 2.2 inch barrel.
Model No. 73270
I've looked into it for quite a while. Thinking I'd talk the wife into one... She didn't want the SP101 though, and that's about as short as I'd go with the .327. As it really starts to loose the juice when you go with the shorter barrels. We're talking along the lines of 300-400 fps slower with the 2 inch barrel vs the 3 inch SP101.
I don't think I'd trust it to expand with those velocities. Whereas the .38 special works just fine at snub nose velocities, as it's designed for that velocity window to work properly.
Just my opinion, take it for what it's worth.
The new S&W is the 632-2, or the 632 Pro -- but I think there was a 3 inch Pro, too. the 2 inch has a fluted barrel and nice night sights, etc. Really looks much like the 60 Pro.
FWIW, I understand the S&W has a noticeably faster barrel than the Charter product, so velocity loss may not be so much of a factor. I also heard that the Charter didn't lose as much as you indicate, though I didn't double check. I think the velocity loss on the 2 inch Smith, compared to the 3 inch Ruger, was somewhere around 100 fps, IIRC.
If it were me, I might choose the load with that in mind, but I wouldn't worry too much about expansion after that. standard velocities for .327 are pretty fast, and quality bullets like Gold Dots and XTP's (IIRC) should perform pretty well. cor Bon has a fast, light round in their all-copper bullet,too -- haven't tried it yet, but that should be worth watching as reports come in. that copper bullet has looked good in other calibers. If it holds together at .327velocities, it might be very promising.
Now the Soft Points are apparently a different story, expansion-wise. Seems like those might be best for target and small game use -- or defense against animals -- rather than personal defense against two-legged predators.