What do you carry in your short barreled .357 mag?

What do you carry in your short barreled .357 mag?

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; I was wondering what everyone is using in their snubbie .357 magnum? I have always used the Winchester Silvertips. I get good accuracy and the ...

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    What do you carry in your short barreled .357 mag?

    I was wondering what everyone is using in their snubbie .357 magnum? I have always used the Winchester Silvertips. I get good accuracy and the recoil isn't as bad as some others out there. However, my last .357 was a rather heavy, steel framed Ruger SP101. I am now carrying a Ruger LCR .357 mag. Due to the light frame, just about anything kicks, but I can still hit what I need to rather well. I was just wondering what other good accuracy ammo is used that may not buck so hard?


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    Hornady 158 grain XTP.

    And I am not concerned with felt recoil. I learned how to minimize it with the heavy load. One handed, tight grip, soft elbow.

    Revolver is a S&W 360.
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    I took my .357 to the range a while back and did side by side with .357 158 gr, .357 125 grain, and .38sp +p 135 grain. There was no mistaking the fact that I was more accurate with multiple shots with the 38's, and that's usually what I carry (Hornady or Gold Dots). I do like the lighter .357 rounds out of the snubbie, and save my heaviest rounds for the Smith 686 with the 6 inch barrel (where I can actually get advertised 1500 fps)

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    Corbon 110gr DPX .38+P. Great round.
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    Speer short barrel 357, 135 gr. Low flash, not hard to handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zacii View Post
    Golden Saber 125 grain JHP
    Ditto

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    The Gold Saber 125gr .357 is my preferred light .357 load.
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    I carry Winchester Ranger SXT 130gr. .38 spcl +P in my model 66, with a speedloader full of Buffalo Bore 158 gr. low flash tactical .357 mags as my reload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAm_Not_Lost View Post
    Corbon 110gr DPX .38+P. Great round.
    This.

    Another 38 special option: Buffalo Bore 38 special with 125 gr Gold Dot bullet. Pretty good substitute for Speer short barrel 135gr 38 special +p (which seems to be sold out everywhere) -- very similar terminal characteristics, just a bit more recoil than the Corbon.

    For outdoor carry, the Speer 357 135gr gold dot and the Corbon 357 125gr DPX are good choices.

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    158gr Gold Dots.

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    BB 125gr, Heavy .357 Mag, or Win 145gr Silvertip ,357 Mag.

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    158 Grain DoubleTap 357 Mag. http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/cat...products_id=49

    Deadguy got it right on recoil control... firm grip & wrist, soft elbow... S&W 360 (13 ounce weapon with 1 7/8" barrel.)

    I always use the heaviest grain weight available....

    The recoil junkie above would look for a 357 magnum +P+P+ if he could find one... I think I saw Deadguy once holding a round in his bare hand and tapping the primer with an icepick....
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    In a suitable revolver (N frame, GP100, etc) the recoil of full power .357 Mag loads is not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    In a suitable revolver (N frame, GP100, etc) the recoil of full power .357 Mag loads is not an issue.
    OTOH, a 357 magnum fired indoors can wreak havoc on unprotected ears. According to this site a typical 357 blast is 8db higher than a 38 special -- which, based on +3db being double, is approaching 8x louder (higher spl). If you can stop the BG with less, you might want to consider it.

    Then there's the question of where that 357 bullet will end up when you miss. Quite possibly in your neighbor's house.. or in his neighbor's house.

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