.357 Magnum Ammo

This is a discussion on .357 Magnum Ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Rmac58 I'll suggest something in .38 +P as any .357 magnum round is going to have serious recoil issues. I had a ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rmac58 View Post
    I'll suggest something in .38 +P as any .357 magnum round is going to have serious recoil issues. I had a stainless steel 3 inch barrel and found a .357 magnum to be too much.
    I've found that has more to do with the gun (brand / model) and the grips. I have 1 with a 2 1/2 " barrel and ribber grips, that shoots fine with .357. I have one that has wood grips, and obviousliy there is more "felt" recoil.

    I have .357 HST and Hornandy for SD. What I'm needing is FMJ ammo for practice and my rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleks View Post
    I've found that has more to do with the gun (brand / model) and the grips. I have 1 with a 2 1/2 " barrel and ribber grips, that shoots fine with .357. I have one that has wood grips, and obviousliy there is more "felt" recoil.

    I have .357 HST and Hornandy for SD. What I'm needing is FMJ ammo for practice and my rifle.
    The only .357 HST ammo Federal makes is .357Sig...you'll probably have difficulties chambering that in your revolver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltyke View Post
    It's been a LONG time since I considered a .357 Magnum for SD, and I'm a little out of touch with the ammo available for this caliber. I'd like to hear some good SD ammo suggestions for shooting from a Taurus 617 (2" Titanium) revolver. I do prefer a heavy bullet in this caliber. TIA!
    Speer® offers the 158gr GDHP in two different loadings. The 158gr loadings do far less damage to the gun than full tilt 125gr loads. Using a mid range load with a 125gr JHP is the way I go in my Mdl 617SS2; specifically THIS

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    Another vote for Speer GDHP 135 gr. Short barrel.
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    I have a Rossi 461 .357 snubbie and use the Winchester 145gr Silver Tip stuff in it.
    I also like the 125gr Hornady XTP in it too.
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    I just bought some Winchester Q4204 110 gr. 357 ammo from LTD Ammo Sales. I first used this back in the late 80's in my S&W 66 duty weapon as it was a load that the Feds were using at the time. Light recoil, 412 ft. lbs energy and over 1250 fps from a 4" barrel. I will be using it in a SP 101 and then when I can find it I will use the Speer GDHP 135 short barrel load that Diablo suggested for carry.
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    .357 Magnum Ammo

    For me, .357 Gold Dot Short Barrel in 135 grain for a snubbie, but the classic 357B by Federal is the way to go for anything in 4" or more. I've also heard that Buffalo Bore is nice for snubbies.
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    I don't have a 357 snubby, so limited application. With that said I load either 145 Slivertips or BB 125 heavies in my 27, 3-1/2".

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
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    • Speer Gold Dot 135gr +P (53921), specially designed for snubnose guns
    +1 I use the same thing in my SP101.
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    Both the .357 and the +P load will not burn all the powder before the bullet has already left your 2inch barrel. .38 wadcutters for a 1 7/8" & 2" snubby,
    .357 and +P loads have better velocities with at least a 3inch or longer barrel.
    With that said, I still use a .357 125gr hollow for my 2 1/2" S&W Kframe". So who am I to talk.

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    Anyone know anything about the Corbon 125 gr DPX line?

    Is that considered a full house round, or somewhat lighter in the power dept?

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    Corbon has a reputation for loading their ammo hot, and I love the DPX for 9mm (115 gr. +p) and .40 S&W (140 gr.) I'll assume their .357 Mag. is loaded hot, too. However, for .357 Mag., I prefer a heavier bullet, so I'm looking at other brands. I'm hearing a lot of good about the Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel for this caliber. Buffalo Bore and Double Tap look good, too, as does the Win. Silver Tip.

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    125 grain golden sabre or buffalo bore is all I run

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    I meant the 158gr JSP loads that are common, not JHP. The Hornady XTP is one load I would expect to underexpand by design. It's made tough with a small JHP opening for that reason. I don't think there's a DPX that heavy, too long a bullet. I should have been more specific. All the Hydra Shok I tested in 158gr expanded and fragmented even through the clothing pad I used. I like the HS design in other loads, old tech or not. I think that once you get a 158gr JHP of any design to the speed it needs to expand, the recoil would get in the way of controllability.
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    The 125 grain Federal HS is still hard to beat. It expands very well and is predictable. For the short barrels, you might also consider a 158 grain SWC-HP (non-jacketed). No need to worry about leading for self defense.

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