SP101 2.25" = Hornady & Win STHP Loads

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    SP101 2.25" = Hornady & Win STHP Loads

    Given the fact that I am having problems locating a source of the Speer .357 Mag in the 135gr Short Barrel load I have turned to Winchester & Hornady since they are available from a number of sources. Can anybody tell me if they are adequate in a 2.25" Snub such as the SP101. Will the hollow points open up effectively? I am looking at the 145gr in the Win Silvertip load and the 140gr XTP Hornady round.

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    Dave, I was just on the Buffalo Bore website, and you might want to look at their offerings in .357 mag. They list one for short-barreled use which they state also uses a low-flash powder, and is listed for CCW use. I have not actually used this particular load, but I have used their other .357 loads and have found them to work exactly as represented. Yes, they are a little "pricey," but buy a couple of boxes for an acclimatization load, and then decide for yourself. As with the weapon you pick to defend you and yours, your ammo needs to reflect the same care and forthought. Use the cheap stuff for practice, but don't go cheap on the "life insurance."

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    XTP

    Just a thought, the XTP was designed to limit the amount it opens up. Even the TAP opens less than other bullets of the same weight and velocity. I like the Silvertip and think it's an under-appreciated load. I'd use that from the two choices, especially if you're looking for expansion.

    If you were looking for other options, try Federal's 110gr JHP, 125gr Gold Saber (a medium load), one of the aftermarked Gold Dot loads like Buffalo, or maybe a good +p or +p+ .38spl.

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    145-grain Silvertips have a good reputation when used in snubby barrels.

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