357 snub nose ammo

This is a discussion on 357 snub nose ammo within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Has anyone used Speer gdhp- sb 357 ammo which is designed for snub nose. They are 135gr,294ft/lbs,990 ft/sec. Just would like to know the recoil....

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    357 snub nose ammo

    Has anyone used Speer gdhp- sb 357 ammo which is designed for snub nose. They are 135gr,294ft/lbs,990 ft/sec. Just would like to know the recoil.
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    Have not tried that one but have carried snubs for years really like buffalo bore low flash in .357 or .38 also use their 9mm penetrator great stuff
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    Have not tried that one but have carried snubs for years really like buffalo bore low flash in .357 or .38 also use their 9mm penetrator great stuff
    Agreed...Buffalo Bore produces some very high quality ammo, and their 357/38Spl loads are superb. As far as the Gold Dot load you mention is concerned, it is a low recoiling load. In fact this load is only a bit faster than their 38 Special +P load. I have posted the link to their ballistics tables below for your review. A Speer Gold Dot 38 Special +P 125 grain clocks out at 945 FPS and yields 248 Foot Pounds. So as you can see the 357 load you are looking at is a +P 38 in a 357 Magnum casing.

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    Agree.

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    Thanks, I will also look at buffalo bore.

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    I carry Corbon DPX in my LCR.

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    That is a pretty mild load. If you can find them Winchester STHP are about perfect.
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    Another vote for Buffalo Bore. Good stuff!

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    I only have a 442 right now, but before I gave my Model 60 to my father, I carried Gold Dot 135+Ps. Never though it was anemic.

    I carry the same stuff in the 442.

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    If I'm going to step up from the .38 Special +P 158 grain load it'd better be meaningful .357 Magnum ammuntion. Something having 158 grain bullets with a full charge of 2400 powder behind it or else the factory equivalent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    If I'm going to step up from the .38 Special +P 158 grain load it'd better be meaningful .357 Magnum ammuntion. Something having 158 grain bullets with a full charge of 2400 powder behind it or else the factory equivalent.
    I agree sir. You get a whole lot of "thump" down range from a properly loaded 158 grain. Since I entered law enforcement during the days when the revolver was king I have been a long-time fan of the 38/357 sixguns. In some of the reference/data material I have collected I have load information for a wide range of power levels. A load like the one you mentioned, as Skeeter Skelton put it, "Would do to ride the river with.". A solid center-punch from a load like that would definitely be a thumper.
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    Don't waste your money shooting mag ammo out of a snubby. Stick with 38spl, 158gr HP's.

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    How bout the Buffalo Bore full hardcast full wadcutters in .38?

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    I have some Remington 125 gr standard leadless for range and found a box of the Speer gdhp-sb 357 to try. Next is the buffalo bore sb in 38. Thought I would give these a try and see which works best for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by all357mag View Post
    Don't waste your money shooting mag ammo out of a snubby. Stick with 38spl, 158gr HP's.
    If you can control the recoil, I think the .357 is superior. I once carried a 642 with the old "FBI Load," 158 grain .38 Spec +P LSWCHP, and felt well-armed. My son-in-law wounded a 100-lb whitetail buck that headed into the swamp. I trailed it, relying on my snub, due to the extremely limited visibility (couldn't see to shoot more then 25 yards, max) and the ease ofmovement as opposed to carryingmy rifle through the brush, vines, briars, etc.

    Spotted the deer lying in some brush, and placed a round right through the heart, at about 10 yards. The li'l buck leaped to its feet, and my son (who was right beside me) anchored it with a .45 230 grain Federal HP.

    I was ... not impressed.

    Immediately graduated to 125 gr. .357 JHPs in an SP101.

    I know this is just anecdotal, but I was seriously underwhelmed with the terminal effect of that round on the deer. There ain't no such thing as too much power, as long as it's controllable, and the .357 generates significantlymore than most .38s, even from a short barrel (although I grant its a lot better from a longer tube).

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