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Old 11-17-2011, 13:00   #26
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Okay.

Best wishes for your wife's speedy recovery.
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Old 11-18-2011, 17:15   #27
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Okay.

Best wishes for your wife's speedy recovery.
Thanks.
She is feeling stronger by the day, and I just might pop off a few cylinders of .38 and .38+P this weekend.
not enough for a full work out, but just to give it a function check, and see about how it feels.

I have been carrying it in a Remora holster (just to get used to it...but cannot rely on it for protection...as I have not even fired it yet!), and truly feel that it is the most comfortable gun I have ever carried.
Looking for more good IWB holster ideas...
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:57   #28
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Finally got a chance to pop off a few cylinders of ammo through my new 340.

Not a range report by any means, but I did walk out into the woods and fire off enough rounds to verify that my 340 works, and get a feel for it's general accuracy and recoil.

I fired off: 158 gr .38 special: felt very "cute" and accuracy and time back on target was outstanding.

130gr .38+P Winchester PDX bonded: recoil was very manageable and time back on target was great. Firing a ton of these at the range would begin to hurt the hand after awhile...but for defensive purposes...this is very quick back on target for follow up shots.

135 gr .357 magnum Speer Gold Dot (short barrel): This round does produce a bit of hand slap, but I found it to be manageable when doing focused "defensive drills", and time back on target was fine (would improve with more practice). I was surprised at how well I handled the .357, as the internet chatter would have you believe that it would feel like "an aluminum baseball bat smacking your hand".

Granted...for extended range sessions..the .38 or .38+P is the way to go.
I probably will carry with Buffalo Bore .38+P LSWCHP in 158 gr.
(didn't fire any today, as the BB ammo I have is in my safe, but have had good results when shooting BB ammo in my Ruger SP and S&W 66 snub.)

Will give better range report and carry info after I actually get more experience with the 340.

For now...loving it. Never had an easier weapon to carry!
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Old 11-27-2011, 13:16   #29
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Good to hear.

While I have little problem running fast shot strings with doubles & triples using Magnum loads in my M&P 340, I did find that after shooting 50 odd rounds of Magnum loads that my hand did feel like it had been hammered by an aluminum bat, to some degree.

I've also noticed that the heavier the bullet weight, the more recoil force hits the web/palm of my hand (not surprising or unexpected, though).
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Old 11-27-2011, 17:22   #30
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Good to hear.

While I have little problem running fast shot strings with doubles & triples using Magnum loads in my M&P 340, I did find that after shooting 50 odd rounds of Magnum loads that my hand did feel like it had been hammered by an aluminum bat, to some degree.

I've also noticed that the heavier the bullet weight, the more recoil force hits the web/palm of my hand (not surprising or unexpected, though).
Yes Fastbolt,
I hear ya on the "after 50 odd rounds"..My hand used to be sore after a workout with my Ruger SP snub...and I must be cocky because I only fired a few cylinders full!
For carry, it will be .38+P
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Old 11-27-2011, 17:31   #31
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Yes Fastbolt,
I hear ya on the "after 50 odd rounds"..My hand used to be sore after a workout with my Ruger SP snub...and I must be cocky because I only fired a few cylinders full!
For carry, it will be .38+P
Same here. I keep my 340 P.D. loaded with .38 Gold Dots. I tried the Full Load .357's in it after I bought it. I'll pass on them.
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Old 01-20-2012, 20:39   #32
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I had a 360 M&P and it was definitely a handful when shooting warm .357's. I liked the u-notch rear sight better than the one on my new 442. I like the idea of having a night sight, but in all honesty, it's a close up "point and shoot" weapon and I have yet to really get on board with the front night sight only idea, probably because I'm so used to having a set in the rear in order to get true a sight picture. It was nice though and if I ever got another, it would be a 340 instead.
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Old 01-23-2012, 17:08   #33
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Old 01-23-2012, 21:21   #34
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Good to see this subforum get some action...
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Old 01-29-2012, 21:38   #35
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Looks nice

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Old 02-10-2012, 05:33   #36
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There good to shoot 38 target wadcutters out of. There hard to shoot with anything more powerfull . A 15oz. no lock 442 with full power 158lswc-hp is hard to shoot and its a tad more weight. You need at least 20-25 oz. of weight to shoot 357 mags out of to even think think of shooting repeat shots accurate. You trade off to much and loose.
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Old 06-09-2012, 20:38   #37
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Remember this thread!
Thanks to WhiteCoyote for originally inspiring me to get one!

Went shooting today: some .38, some .38+P, and some .357 magnum.

I like shooting .38+P the best, and can never decide on what to carry for self defense loads: Speer Gold Dot in 38 or .357?

I like the +Ps for easier ejecting of spent casings, although I would hate to have to reload a snubbie under pressure!

I love the 340, and carry in a Remora holster.
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Old 07-26-2012, 18:18   #38
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Does anyone have info on where I can find one of these (M&P 340 with no internal lock)? I have looked everywhere and was wanting to use it as a back up gun. Any help in the right direction is appreciated!!!
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Old 07-28-2012, 22:37   #39
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Does anyone have info on where I can find one of these (M&P 340 with no internal lock)? I have looked everywhere and was wanting to use it as a back up gun. Any help in the right direction is appreciated!!!
S&W 340PD 357 17/8 SCCEN NL Black $814
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/70714

You can get a 642 38 +P no lock for ~1/2 the price.
I can't imagine firing a 357 Mag from an AirWeight.
That's just brutal IMHO.

I've got an 11.1 oz 342 ti.
It's 13.5 oz with 38 +P Speer GDHP Short Barrel 135 gr rounds.
And kicks plenty hard with that.

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