.357 Magnum ammo?

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    .357 Magnum ammo?

    What is your favorite .357 ammo for defense and also your favorite for hunting? It would mostly be a back up weapon when hunting unless I got a good pistol shot for a deer.
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    A good "dual purpose" round would be the 140gr Barnes X bullet.

    Other good ones--the 158gr Hornady XTP, or a 158gr HCSWC, a little more for hunting...on the defense side, my .357's are loaded with the 158gr Gold Dot.
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    I have always been a big fan of Federal Hydra-Shoks, and lately the updated Federal HST's. I use them in all of my wheelguns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielC View Post
    I have always been a big fan of Federal Hydra-Shoks, and lately the updated Federal HST's. I use them in all of my wheelguns.
    That's interesting; I coldnt find .357 Magnum (or any other wheelgun specific load) under the HST line.

    Are you sure you're not confusing Hi-Shok (different than HydraShok) and HST?
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    I carry the Hornady 357 Magnum 140 gr FTX LEVERevolution in my revolvers. It is much flatter shooting at longer distances where I carry a revolver in rural areas.
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    For SD I like the Hornady Critical Defense ( very available around here and not to badly priced so I can practice with it)
    For Hunting, I am a reloader and make my own load based upon what and where I am hunting. The rounds are tested out about a week or so before the hunt at a friends work place where they have an underground range with all the ballistic information on the screen. Lots of hunting with my 686 Smith & Wesson.
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    A good general purpose .357 Magnum round is the 158 grain HCSWC.

    More than adequate for eastern whitetail deer, it'll also perform admirably on two-legged threats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    That's interesting; I coldnt find .357 Magnum (or any other wheelgun specific load) under the HST line.

    Are you sure you're not confusing Hi-Shok (different than HydraShok) and HST?
    You're correct, I apologize. Actually, I have such a large stockpile of Hydra-Shoks in .357Mag that I haven't had to shop for SD loads in quite a while. I mentioned HST because that's what I use in some of my other guns. Sorry for the confusion.
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    For SD, I use Federal nyclad 158 gr. SWC-HP
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielC View Post
    You're correct, I apologize. Actually, I have such a large stockpile of Hydra-Shoks in .357Mag that I haven't had to shop for SD loads in quite a while. I mentioned HST because that's what I use in some of my other guns. Sorry for the confusion.
    Dang it.

    I was hoping they'd released HST in .38 and .357mag, and I'd just missed it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    Dang it.

    I was hoping they'd released HST in .38 and .357mag, and I'd just missed it...
    Got my hopes up, too.

    *sigh*
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    Sorry for my misinformation folks, that's what I get for surfing the forum while sitting in a boring company meeting. Maybe we all need to contact Federal and make this happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielC View Post
    Sorry for my misinformation folks, that's what I get for surfing the forum while sitting in a boring company meeting. Maybe we all need to contact Federal and make this happen!
    That's OK. The bill for my grief counseling is in the mail.
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    My all time favorite 357 magnum round is Winchester's 145 grain STHP. Next up would be the Remingtom 158 grain SJHP.
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