Concealeable revolver ammo choices

Concealeable revolver ammo choices

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    Concealeable revolver ammo choices

    What are the common types of rounds in small revolovers, and what are your opinions of each, and which do you prefer?


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    Most common rounds for a revolver for carry are going to be .38 Special and .357 Mag. Both are good carry rounds, the .357 being the better of the 2 IMO. In a .38 revolver I would make sure it is rated for +P ammo and carry that. All of your major ammo manufacturers make high quality defensive rounds in these calibers. My favorite is Winchester Silvertips, but the price of them have gone sky high. Federal HydraShok are good as well. Not sure if Winchester Ranger and Federal HST are available in .38 and .357.

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    So what is normal? A Smith and Wesson 642 in .357?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGators10 View Post
    So what is normal? A Smith and Wesson 642 in .357?
    The 642 is .38+P, not available as .357 Mag. That being said, it is extremely popular and an exceptional value. Do consider the model 642 with Crimson Trace grips--my wife carries one and finds she is proficient with the CT grips and very confident in her ability to shoot that little 15 ounce critter!

    S&W model 36 on left (.38+P, 20 ounces empty), on right is her S&W model 642 with CT grips (.38+P, 15 ounces empty)


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    Walmart has some Winchester 125 grain JHP Personal Defense loads on 50 count box for $17 or so. They will suffice in the lil' woman's until I get my hands on some of the new Nyclads for her. The Nyclad is a standard pressure round, not a +P so recoil is manageable yet penetration is impressive and on par with hot +P.

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    135 Grain +P Gold Dot

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    110 Grain +P DPX from Corbon.

    In snub nose .38 Special revolvers, nothing else comes close.

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    I carry 135gr Gold Dot .38 +P in my S&W 340CT .357
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    When ammo is engineered for a specific gun it is usually a good choice. Thus, Speer Gold Dot in 135 grain is my choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    When ammo is engineered for a specific gun it is usually a good choice. Thus, Speer Gold Dot in 135 grain is my choice.
    x2 on the Gold Dot 135gr +p in my 642. The two preferred loads in a .38 snubbie are usually the 158 gr +p LSWCHP (Buffalo Bore, Remington, etc.) known as the FBI load, and the 135gr +p Gold Dot, known as the NYPD load. Both are excellent choices, but experience tells me that the Gold Dot is a little easier on recoil.

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    Model 49 & 442:
    Buffalo Bore Standard Pressure 158's.
    Product Line Listing
    Model 640 (38):
    First 2 are BB Standard Pressure 158's
    Last 3 are BB 158 +P's.
    Model 340 PD:
    Buffalo Bore 125 +P's.
    Product Line Listing
    Prior to Buffalo Bore,
    all were loaded with Corbon DPX 38 +P's.

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    I like the Corbon DPX for a snubby. I'd only use .38+P in a 340PD or 340 M&P though.
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    And don't forget the good ol' *Warning: This is a real mouthful to say at the FLGS and could very well just get you a funny look from the person at the counter* 158gr Lead Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point +P. This loading has been taking down badguys for many moons from both standard length and snubbie barrels. It's got a long and illustrious track record of stopping power behind it from both barrel types as well.

    All the major manufacturers make it, so you can pick the one you like.

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