Ammo for 2" .357MAG

Ammo for 2" .357MAG

This is a discussion on Ammo for 2" .357MAG within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I recently purchased a Taurus CIA Model 2" .357MAG but I really don't know much about revolver ammo and ballistics. I've always shot semi-autos. Any ...

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    Question Ammo for 2" .357MAG

    I recently purchased a Taurus CIA Model 2" .357MAG but I really don't know much about revolver ammo and ballistics. I've always shot semi-autos. Any info on defense loads, i.e. .38+P or .357, bullet weight, preferred manufacturers, etc., will be appreciated. Thanks.
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    I carried a CIA for 2yrs at work . I personally carried Federal hydro-shok .357 & Speer god dot .38spl . At close range either one will have the same ballistics .Good choice . It was perfect for the restaurant biz .

    IMO you should put a Hogue grip on it .

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    I'd go with a lighter load that'll develop more energy in a short barrel.

    There's a 110gr JHP .357 Mag load, as well as a 125gr loading. If you can comfortably control the recoil of full-house .357 loads, carry these. If they're a bit wild for your snubby, find some hotter .38 +P loads.

    Whatever you choose, practice with it a bit before carrying it.

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    I carry a Taurus 605 with Speer GoldDot 125gr 38spl +P designed for short barrelled revlovers.

    Buffalo Bore has the old FBI load of 158 LSWCHP 38spl+P

    Both are solid rounds designed for snubbies. I only carry full power .357 loads in my 605 when backpacking. Then it is loaded with Buffalo bores 180gr HCLFN .357's
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    I've always like Winchester 145gr Silvertip in my .357mags.

    With the shorter tube, you might check out Speer's .357mag Short Barrel load or their .38special 135gr +P round. Also, Buffalo Bore and Double Tap load some pretty decent .38special loads for short barreled guns.
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    My wife's 357 is loaded with Gold Dot Short Barrel 135 grain .38 +Ps - They are just right for the scandium/titanium guns and her grip strength. I would look at the Short Barrel 357s that Speer has also. I've heard good things about them but haven't tried them myself.

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    +1 on the Speer GD - I carry the .357 for short barrel...

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    +1 for the Gold Dot Short Barrel 135 grain .38 +Ps - they work just great!

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    Spend some time trying different ammo to see how it works for you.

    I don't like "full house" .357 loads out of anything less than a 3" Barrel due to the excessive time required for follow up shots and inability to shoot accurately one handed.

    With that said, I would look at Black Hills .357 Magnum 125 Grain JHP's, CorBon . 357 Magnum 125 Grain DPX JHP and the new Gold Dot 135 Grain .357 Magnums (short barrel load) if it were me. Personally I carry a 38 Special in a 2" Barrel and my .357 Magnum is a 3" Barrel with the Black Hills load.

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    I carry my 640 (2 1/8 barrel) loaded with Win ST 145 grainers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    Check out the offerings from Buffalo Bore Ammunition.
    A big +1 to the Captain.

    Any company devoting that much time to flash suppressed, lowered recoil, specialty ammo - tested by the owner in his own gun - gets my dime. Or at least my time to test what they offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aus71383 View Post
    My wife's 357 is loaded with Gold Dot Short Barrel 135 grain .38 +Ps - They are just right for the scandium/titanium guns and her grip strength. I would look at the Short Barrel 357s that Speer has also. I've heard good things about them but haven't tried them myself.

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    Also good for the 642/442 (.38) series. Exactly what's lurking in mine.

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