Here's the deal, Corey. Some Eagle shot (stamped magnum) is OK, most is as soft as it gets.
At 27 you need all the pattern density you can manage. There's no argument about that. Most of your competitors will be using hard shot and so will have an advantage over you from the start. Those are the facts. How you solve that problem is up to you. Hard shot may not be local but that doesn't mean it's unobtainable. It's a cost/benefit tradeoff that only you can decide.