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135gr Speer Gold Dot, Short Barrel - .38 Spl.

My understanding is that a .357 Mag out of a snubby at best has the same performance as a 9mm. I find the 9mm much more manageable recoil-wise when wanting that kind of energy.
 

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I have a Ruger GP100 with the 2-inch+ barrel and rounded concealment grip. Not a true "snubby," but my carry round is 125-grain hollowpoints.
 

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135 Gold Dots 38+p

I would also carry 125 Sabers if I could find any.
 

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135 Gr Speer Gold Dot for short barrels
+1 very well thought out and engineered round. I carry GDHP in all my carry guns.
 

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Most often I carry the Federal 125 grain ammo, but occasionally I'll carry the Federal Nyclad .38 spl rounds that I always carry in my .38 snubbie.
 

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I carry the same load in all my .357 Magnums for defensive purposes.

Black Hills 125 Grain JHP or Remington 125 Grain SJHP. If I had a J-Frame .357 Magnum I'd consider a second load, as the recoil is a bit much in that platform/load, but the guns I have aren't J-Frames and I can handle the recoil.

They don't call it the "Lightning Bolt Round" for nothing.

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135gr, Speer Gold Dots in .38

Shoot that .357 load at night from a snubbie and see if you still have your night vision after that flash. I tried it and stayed with the .38 load. Ballistics are great and I've got better 2nd shot follow up.
 

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Although my S&W 340PD J-Frame is rated for .357, I carry Hornady .38+P Critical Defense for the advantages that round brings to penetration through any clothing. If Hornady ever makes a short-barrel (less flash) .357 in Critical Defense, I'll switch to that.
 

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I am another that trusts the 135gr Speer Gold Dots, they were engineered for snub nosed guns!!

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I am another that trusts the 135gr Speer Gold Dots, they were engineered for snub nosed guns!!

NCH
I believe the 135 gr. Speer Gold Dots were engineered for the .38 spl. snub nosed guns, not .357. I guess I should have asked what .357 round do you carry in your .357 snubby.
 

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I carry .357 130gr hydrashoks in my S&W 340 M&P and while the recoil is stiff its controllable. I'm going to give the .357 135gr gold dots a try this week as well and maybe some corbon DPX's if I can find them. I also have used federals new 235gr nycad round in .38 special as well when I've been out of .357 magnum ammo,thats another thing I love about this little gun is the ammo versitility.
 

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Always 125 grain 357 mag Gold Dots.
 

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Right now I am carrying 125 grain Gold Dots, but I am considering a switch to a heavier bullet, not sure which one yet.
 

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I keep two .38 spcl +p glassers in my k frame model 66 followed by 125 gr. rem Gold saber and a speedloader of gold saber and another speedloader 130 gr. low recoil hydroshoks. The glassers are used for in house only and get replaced if I carry this gun.
 

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Speer Gold Dot, 135 gr. for snubbys.

If we know that snubbys diminish the power of a given .357 round, why go even weaker by starting out with a .38?
 
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