New 224-32 FA cartridge

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Freedom Arms are producing reloading equipment for what is probably the first new cartridge of 2009.

The 224-32 FA is a .327 Federal Magnum necked down to .224. The result is a high velocity rimmed revolver cartridge suitable for varminting. It is was not rimmed it would probably be classified as what are now called PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) cartridges (small and fast pistol cartridges).

The max load is a 40 gr. Blitz King or V-Max bullet pushed out the barrel at 2270 fps, generating 457 ft/lbs of energy.

The parent cartridge, the .327 Federal Magnum, was launched last year in January.

The first gun to chamber this round is a Freedom Arms Model 97. It can hold 6 rounds and is available in 4 1/4″, 5 1/2″, 7 1/2″ and 10″ barrel lengths. Retail price: $1840.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Ryan M Ryan M on Nov 07, 2009

    I just ordered one of the model 97s chambered in this round today. It should be about perfect for varmit hunting for me.

  • Keith Keith on Oct 04, 2010

    So what's this do that the Hornet hasn't done better for 80 years? Just got a Magnum Research 22 Hornet with a 7.5" barrel that throws a 45 grain bullet over the chrono at 2600 fps.