Smartest ammo choice for S&W 340 snubby?

Smartest ammo choice for S&W 340 snubby?

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    Smartest ammo choice for S&W 340 snubby?

    What would you carry as a defensive ammo for this revolver?

    It's is an S&W 340 Airlite (scandium) .38/.357 snub-nose. I added crimson laser grips and carry it either in my pocket or in a Kydex OWB holster.

    I do not consider myself espically recoil sensitive, however I found the recoil of this pistol with factory .357 HPs to be stunning. It's by far the most kick I've felt with any firearm (much more than stainless .357s of the same size).

    My debate is whether is to go a more managable .38 round which I could probably place better, or to stick with the .357. I've always loved the .357 round and this gun is basically for use at very close range is a pointer.

    What do you guys think?
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    if the weapon is for very close personal contact (belly gun) without having to pass through a physical barrier, I'd go with the Glaser or magsafe pre frag load.
    357 if the recoil is manageable. It is completely devastating at almost contact distance.

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    Try Speer 135 gr 357 Magnum Short Barrel. Recoil is much less than full power 357 loads.

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    I have a stash of the old Federal 158 gr LSWCHP Nyclads in 38 +P that I love for my 60. I will be moving on to the 135 grain NYPD load though as the Nyclads are gone forever.

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    Try these

    The Remington Golden Saber 125gr load is a very controllable load. Although it's not advertised as such, it's a "medium velocity" load. I've not yet tried the short barrel .357 load but the .38+p worked good in wet newspaper. Not that it was a scientific test.

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    Cor Bon DPX 38+P.
    Keep the shotgun handy!!

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    Try Corbon DPX in 38+P (110) and 357 Magnum (125). This is what I use in my 340 PD. For me, the recoil is not difficult to handle. In my 340, the first 2 up are the 38+P and the last 3 are 357. For me, the recoil of both Speer Gold Dot Short Barrels, the 38+P and 357 Magnum had much more recoil. I know they are heavier than the Corbons, (both are 135 grain), but the Corbons are faster and the all copper bullet is supposed to penetrate better. In an emegency, adrenalin will take care of the recoil. The Scandiums are not meant for long days of shooting at the range. There are other guns for that. Just one man's opinion.
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    www.buffalobore.com has a couple
    of hotter 38pl +P loads.A 158gr
    LSWCHP @ 1000fps with 351ftlbs
    of energy or 125gr Gold dot @ 1050fps with 306ftlbs of energy.
    Velocity is from a J frame with a
    2" barrel.

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys.

    I have some good ideas about some new ammo to try. Of course, in MA, it's illegal to order ammo through the mail, so I need to hunt around at the local shops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KC135 View Post
    Cor Bon DPX 38+P.
    +1! That's what I now use in my S&W 640.

    If you need to use it, recoil will be the least of your concerns! Like you said: "it's a pointer".
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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