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Gold Sabers JHP 158grn, if it doesn't kill the BG, he won't like how it feel!
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Buffalo Bore makes a really HOT .38 special +P load that I really like in my 3 inch Sp101,it's a 158 grain LSWHP close to a full hose magnum round but much easier to control & with a all lead bullet it expands well.
There are a lot of good .357 mag loads out there Guess it boils down to whatever gives you the most confidence.
Back in the 80's when we carried 357 duty guns,my department issued 145 grain winchester silver tip hollowpoints,Apparently IIRC it has an aluminum jacket that allowed for better expansion than other loads at that time
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I have a 357 Colt Python 4, a S&W 19-4,a S&W 28-4 and all have
been shot a lot. Great guns, love my 357's,,,, 125 gr Hydra-Shoks
are what I carry,,,, but I do not carry these much,,,, just shooting;
I will burn what ever is on sale and keep the brass.
To OP: What length of barrel is your .357?
.357 velocities are of little import if you don't have at least a 4" barrel.
Any well designed bullet put in the right place will get the job done.
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Golden Sabers in 125Gr in my 6 inch Colt Python. Bought the gun right after the movie "Magnum Force". I thought the 4 inch barrel guns in the movie were a bit short. I have a really nice leather shoulder holster it resides in that when wearing a nice fall or winter jacket that covers it nicely. I also carry 3 reloads, two in a Dade Speedloader rig (just like in the movie from Dade Screw Machine Products Corp in Miami Fl) with the third in the left pocket of the coat to move it out of the way when drawing. Yes if the speedloader hits the ground the bullets fly out, unlike the current push and twist loaders on the market now. These are push and go.
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There is a 30-40fps loss of velocity for every inch of barrel you lose. Not much difference between a 3 and 4 inch tube.
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It's a .357, any one will do if you hit him in the right place. He won't be in a hurry to go anywhere and if he can he will be screaming like a girl.
I have a 6.5" Rossi and I bought 4 boxes of Remington UMC 125gr JHP 100 round value packs to get started with. It's a big bang and flash for sure. It's only $44/100 at Wal-Mart when they have them in stock. I'm sure there are better ammo choices but these will work fine. Selection of best ammunition for a defensive handgun shows Non-Golden Sabre Remington 125gr 357 ammo at 96% one shot stops.
Granted, I have a full sized revolver, so I get a little more out of the rounds I choose than shorter barreled revolvers.
I chose to go with the 140 grain Hornady LeveRevolution rounds. It's a deer hunting round that was the predecessor to the Critical Defense line. Hornady developed a powder load for the .357 mag ammo line that burns with less flash yet still has the same power behind it. It's a lower recoiling full load round.