Best ammo for 357 Magnum???

Best ammo for 357 Magnum???

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    Best ammo for 357 Magnum???

    Hey all,
    Just wondering what the best ammo for 357 Magnum is,, and where to buy it. Is Federal HST the best out right now???? --- I have heard goof things about Corbon too... What do you think??


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    I use the "original" load that gave the .357 Magnum it's reputation.

    Remington 125 Grain SJHP or Federal 125 Grain JHP's. I shoot that load out of all my .357 Magnums that are carried for self defense. There's a lot of blast, noise and recoil, but the load works.

    Nothing against CorBon, I like their stuff, but it is a "mid-level" load.

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    I shoot Double Tap 125 gr. ammo right now. 1700+ fps from a 6". 1600+from a 4". 1400+ from a snubbie.

    The bullet is the well proven 125 gr. Gold Dot from Speer.

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    depends upon the gun being used in...

    old school K frames - 158 grn only bigger frames - newer guns any round I want to

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    Best ammo for 357 Magnum???

    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    I use the "original" load that gave the .357 Magnum it's reputation.

    Remington 125 Grain SJHP or Federal 125 Grain JHP's. I shoot that load out of all my .357 Magnums that are carried for self defense. There's a lot of blast, noise and recoil, but the load works.

    Nothing against CorBon, I like their stuff, but it is a "mid-level" load.

    Biker
    This is probably as good an answer as any, I presume you meant,
    Best ammo for 357 Magnum??? in relation to ccw.
    However, some .357's do not shoot 125's as well as heavier grain bullets; so try several.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    I use the "original" load that gave the .357 Magnum it's reputation.

    Remington 125 Grain SJHP or Federal 125 Grain JHP's. I shoot that load out of all my .357 Magnums that are carried for self defense. There's a lot of blast, noise and recoil, but the load works.

    Nothing against CorBon, I like their stuff, but it is a "mid-level" load.

    Biker
    I carry the Federal 125's, but I will be playing with Speer Gold Dot, and Buffalo Bore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    This is probably as good an answer as any, I presume you meant,
    Best ammo for 357 Magnum??? in relation to ccw.
    However, some .357's do not shoot 125's as well as heavier grain bullets; so try several.

    For CCW purposes one may find the 158 Grain Bullets to be too penetrative.

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    When I was an LEO we carried winchester silvertips for duty ammo shooting out of 4" 686 I believe the silvertips are a 145 or 147 grn bullet
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    158gr Remington HPT, I like the expansion and weight retention.

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    Speer Gold dots 125 grs for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marvin Knox View Post
    I shoot Double Tap 125 gr. ammo right now. 1700+ fps from a 6". 1600+from a 4". 1400+ from a snubbie.

    The bullet is the well proven 125 gr. Gold Dot from Speer.
    This is also what I currently load my .357 with for extra power! Speer Gold Dots are top quality bullets.
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    Is This What I Should Use For Sd???

    Hey all,
    It seems that the Double Tap is a favorite...

    I've posted a link to Midway where I believe I will purchase it from. Its a box of 50 cartridges for $42 (Including shipping). Its 125gr. that produces 710 ft lbs of energy from a 4'' revolver. Sounds pretty good is this a go??? Thanks to all whom have responded thus far... it would have been very hard to properly arm myself w/o the help of many people on this forum!!!!

    MidwayUSA - DoubleTap Ammunition 357 Magnum 125 Grain Gold Dot Jacketed Hollow Point Box of 50

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    SnubMan

    It's a little cheaper from here:

    osCommerce

    I don't have the shipping charges right in front of me. But they were $9 something. It was a little under $39 with shipping. Close. But why not save a little bit?

    It was shipped the next day and I had it in just a few days total.

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    I think you'll be happy with these.

    They use a "low flash" powder. I haven't thought that they had even as much flash as the MagTech's I practice with.

    The recoil is similar in felt recoil to other, lessor, rounds. It does have a different "sharpness" of recoil and bark than the MagTech's but no more in my estimation. (MagTech's, by the way, are 158 gr. at 1235 fps.)

    You probably already know. But you DON"T want any 158 gr. for self defense, particularly the Gold Dots. They need an awful lot of speed to open up and there are over penetration issues reported.

    125 gr. is what it is all about with the .357 for self defense. They open up fast and dump all that energy into the target without TOTAL penetration. 125 gr. is what the Secret Service and the Federal Air Marshalls use in their .357 Sigs.

    Accuracy is good.

    I did notice a little powder residue on my support hand after shooting a full box of Double Tap in one sitting. But then, I shoot a scandium snub with 1 and 7/8" barrel. I expected a little unfired powder. If it hadn't been so, there would be no way they could claim several hundred fps more from a 6" barrel.

    Anytime a guy can get "classic" .357 performance from a scandium snubbie without breaking either the gun or his hand, it's good ammo IMO.

    1600 fps out of a 4" exceeds by far the speed for 125 gr. bullets that gave the .357 it's stellar reputation as a "manstopper".

    MARV

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    The original question was "What is the best .357 Mag ammo?"
    To me the most effective "general" use .357 ammo remains the classic 158 gr Remington HPT.
    You get expansion and penetration from 4" bbl revolvers up to 18" carbines.
    Specific bullets might work better for a specific task, but for one bullet to work for all you can ask your .357 to do, the 158 gr pills are the most versatile in a very versatile cartridge.

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