What .357 Magnum SD rounds for a SP101?

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    My SP101 gets Hornady 'Critical Defense' .357 Mag 125gr FTX...plenty of knock down power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleipnir View Post
    Clocked at 1200+ fps from the SP101 2.25" .357. This stuff is hot!
    Really wonder what it's doing out of a 4" or 6" barrel, somewhere close to 1400 fps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightrider View Post
    I carry Fiocchi 158gr in my model 19. I would love to go the 125gr route but can't since it would break my gun :(
    That's the main reason I bought the overbuilt little tank called the SP101!


    Quote Originally Posted by chiboxer View Post
    Really wonder what it's doing out of a 4" or 6" barrel, somewhere close to 1400 fps?
    Remington test data was out of a 4" barrel at 1450 fps. I've seen data from a 6" barrel that put it into the 1600 fps range and an 18" 1894C Marlin it hit close to 2100 fps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I carry .357 Magnum Gold Dot 158 grain JHPs in my SP101.
    This is what mine is stoked with as well. Shoots to POA at 25 yards and I don't think the recoil is bad at all, even with the factroy grips.

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    My Smith 65 4" is stoked with Magtech .357 158gr SJSP rounds. They are laser accurate and don't thump too bad.

    I'm planning on getting a SP101 sometime this year, and it will be carrying Speer Gold Dots. Not sure if it will be 135gr .357 Short Barrel or 135gr .38+P.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Thunder View Post
    Remington Golden Sabers 125 Grain Pills. They work period.
    F.B.I ammunition tests data: .357 magnum 125 grain Remington Golden Saber, test gun S&W M19 4" barrel (this test was done 1993)

    Velocity 1220 f.p.s, bare gel-penetration/expansion-----------Clothed Gel-penetration/expansion
    14.40" - 0.56" 20.55" - 0.48"

    I just practice with and carry Remington EXPRESS 125 gr. SJHP R357M1. I dont mind the recoil, I shoot hot loads with bigger calibers fine.

    Golden Sabers should do the trick though.

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    It didn't turn out right but penetration and expansion data did come in correct order

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    Remington Golden Saber 125Gr JHP is my preference for all my snubs.
    I run these as well.
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    Given that, it is sometimes hard to accommodate bulky speed loaders in tight pant pockets. At lease I know I can't.
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    Any 125gr JHP .357mag will be good. The Corbon DPX are worth a look. (http://www.chuckhawks.com/cor-bon_DPX_pistol.htm).

    Do try shooting a magnum in the dark to prepare yourself for the muzzle flash out of a short barrel.

    For revolver carry, I use speed-strips for spare rounds. Easier to conceal although slow to reload.

    Consider a Glock G32 .357Sig instead of a short barrel SP101. Similar ballistics to a .357Mag 125gr JHP out of a 4" barrel, similar size, lighter gun, and 14rd capacity. Prices should be close to the SP101. It took the place of an S&W M66 and is a big brother to my G19. If you have a G19, gun is same size and familiar to you (and holsters can be shared too). You can also go to a .40SW with an extra barrel.

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    Hands down Speer Gold Dot 125gr. Excellent numbers, bonded bullet.
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    I'd go for speer gold dot "short barrel" 135 grain:
    Gold Dot Short Barrel Ammo 357 Mag 135 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 20

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    CORBON 125g. JHP

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    Shoot 125 grain Golden Sabers in both my Colt and S&W snubbies. I am satisfied that they will perform and I know I can hit with them.

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    HST or Hyrdo-shok here.

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