This is a discussion on What do you carry in your short barreled .357 mag? within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by a__l__a__n Then there's the question of where that 357 bullet will end up when you miss. Quite possibly in your neighbor's house.. ...
Thank you for your concerns.
My hearing is already in the crapper, partially from shooting people indoors without hearing protection, so that is not a concern of mine.
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Hornady Critical Defense, works great! Killed a brush wolf with it in one shot (it was going after my uncles chickens, didn't do it just for fun)
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I haven't said anything about difficulties with accuracy and training on 357. You must be thinking of someone else.
And as far as I know, those WW2 vets were firing those 30.06 rounds outdoors.
I use the Buffalo Bore Tactical Short Barrel Lower Recoil Low Flash .357 load in 158 gr. Great round that is very accurate out of my S&W 640. I've also used and liked the Hornady Critical Defense load.
The Gold Saber 125gr
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The issue with penetration is the safety of the neighbors. I wouldn't be too appreciative of my next door neighbor firing a 357 magnum inside his house in the general direction of my house. I doubt he would appreciate my doing the same in his direction. People ought to pay some attention to over-penetration. At least in Georgia, despite the Castle Doctrine laws on the books, the shooter is still liable for collateral damage to innocent third parties.
In my 3" sp101 my town load is buffalo bore + p 158 grain LSWHP. My woods load is fed..357 mag. 158 grain hydra-shock.
As for hearing damage, I fired 4 rounds of 9mm off inside a closed structure...... so according to your chart... 9mm 159.8 dB I have permanent hearing damage, although my yearly tests indicate otherwise. So I will take what you say with a grain of salt, duly note it, and tell you again that if big bad wall killing .357 scares you because of the loud boom or you cannot handle it adequately enough to shoot it proficiently, you are welcome to carry .38 special without penalty..... others choose to ignore internet myths however and carry the best performing round they can carry proficiently.
My 9 mm kicks and booms louder than my .357 does, well except for one .357 I have.
I have never remembered anything about the loudness of a round, when I was shooting at someone who was trying to kill me. Odd, that it happens that way, isn't it.
So, if I meet a BG who wants to kill me, I should say "can you hold on a second, I need to put on my hearing protection" ?
Maybe some need to return to the baseball bat mode of defense, as long as they don't scream too loud.
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125 gr hydrashok .357
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In .357mag 125gr Golden Saber these have been the most controllable for me in either a snub or full size Ruger wheelgun.
Or for .38spcl 135gr+p Gold Dot Short barrel. Exceptionally controllable and I do not feel under gunned in any way.