Airweight S&W...What Ammo?

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    Airweight S&W...What Ammo?

    I have not owned a small .38/.357 in several years. Just purchased a S&W 360ss and would like to know what everyone is using for carry ammo in these little weapons.
    What's your choice and why?

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    If you plan to shoot .357's you should have gotten something heavier. I have an SP101, and .357's (imho), are a bear through it....and it's considerably heavier than the airweight....I would maybe go with .38 +P in whatever weight you like.....

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    I have a 637 Airweight.

    .38spl +P Speer Gold Dot 125gr.

    Makes for a great pocket carry when running to the corner store or such. The GF loves to carry it in her purse too.
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    S&W Mod 638

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    If I may be nosey, what did you have to give for that snubby? New or used?

    I would not suggest using the 125gr Gold Dots, as has been suggested. I know you will find the recoil much more manageable with the 135 gr. .38+P Gold Dot Short Barrel cartridge. It will also give you better mushrooming and less muzzle flash.

    In my opinion that gun is entirely too light weight to shoot .357ís out of unless you eat a handful of Percocetís first!
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    You might try a box of Rem 357 125 GS. They kinda mid-range 357 load and chronographed just under 1200fps out of 2" barrel. Still better have rubber grips!

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    +1 on the Speer Gold Dot 135 grn.

    The round is designed to be used in Snubbies. It's what I carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outlaw_6 View Post
    +1 on the Speer Gold Dot 135 grn.

    The round is designed to be used in Snubbies. It's what I carry.

    i agree on the 135 gr short barrel gold dot , i use the short barrel ammo in my snubbies , it's great and performs as advertised...

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    Another vote for the Speer Gold Dot short-barrel load. If you change to the grips that have a gap between the gun and the backstrap .357 are much more tolerable.

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    I can vouch for the fact that the 125gr Gold Dot +p loading is quite a handfull. At least they are in a 638 airweight! The wife gave up on it and I carry something a bit larger, but less punishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZW17 View Post
    I have a 637 Airweight.

    .38spl +P Speer Gold Dot 125gr.

    Makes for a great pocket carry when running to the corner store or such. The GF loves to carry it in her purse too.
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    .38 special+p Federal Hydrashoks in my SW642.
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    In my S&W 442 Airweight, I typically carried the Remington Golden Saber JHP 125gr +P. Had enough power to matter, IMO, and enough speed to fairly reliably expand, but not too much power to kick (in the 15oz package of the 442).
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    S&W 642 loaded with Speer 38 spl+P 135 gr. short barrel for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outlaw_6 View Post
    +1 on the Speer Gold Dot 135 grn.

    The round is designed to be used in Snubbies. It's what I carry.
    I agree 100% After looking at all the ballistics I could find, I went with the Speer GDHP, 135 grain. Designed for short barrel snubbies.

    For what it's worth, I own/carry either a Kimber Pro CDP 45, a Taurus PT99 9 mm, or the SW 2 inch snubbbie. The snubbie is the only gun I feel that I can truly carried concealed, regardless of the type of holster.

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