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357 mag vs 38+p in a snubby

This is a discussion on 357 mag vs 38+p in a snubby within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I have to agree with RSSZ's comments. No kind of 38 Special ++BOOM is going to equal a 357 from the same gun. Gunthorp, you ...

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    I have to agree with RSSZ's comments. No kind of 38 Special ++BOOM is going to equal a 357 from the same gun.

    Gunthorp, you have the correct idea here. Low pressure, no big BOOM, (Folks if you've never shot a full house 357 light bullet round without hearing protection, keep up the good work. It is quite painful.:-(

    I think that the ideal round for a revolver, for self-defense, is a 45 Colt. I think it's the S&W MOD 25? If I'm wrong it will be corrected quickly by my fellow board members. Again low pressure, big heavy bullet.

    Now your Python is a great gun. I've had both a 6" stainless and a 4" 1970's make blued one. They performed very well with the Hornady XTP HP's i tested in them. If I were you and I insisted on carrying the Python I would load it with the hottest +P 125gr HP load I could find. If you hit your target properly, they will do the job as advertised.
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    Hmmm... call me crazy, but I shot (for the first time) WWB 110gr .357 out of my new (to me) 2.75 inch Speed Six this weekend.

    I was sitting on a bench (just had a spinal fusion so I don't balance on my feet very well) but was otherwise unsupported. I really shouldn't have been out and about yet but I had to test the new toy, right?

    Anyway, there was consierably more fireworks than my issue M9, but it didn't seem unreasonably bad. I used to own a S&W in .45LC that I shot an an indoor range, so maybe I'm immune. The weight of the Ruger might have helped, too.

    I plan on carrying 158 gr when all is said and done, I figure it's a good compromise round for both the revolver and the carbine I plan to buy... though I intend to test 180gr softpoints out of it when I get the chance just for fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunthorp
    Call me crazy.
    Crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by tanksoldier
    Hmmm... call me crazy
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    I use Remmington 125gr JHP in my 3"SP101, there is a noticable recoil difference between those and the 145gr +P's I tried. All in all I figure if you have a 357 and thats what you carry, you should carry 357 loads in it, you just have to practice, practice, practice after a while you will be proficent with a follow up shot with the mag loads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruces45
    practice, practice, practice
    like crazy
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