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Old 03-06-2013, 20:54   #21
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Sweeeet. I really should get into reloading. As of right now, however, I haven't the space nor money for even the most basic of sets.

Any more suggestions on factory ammo matching the above requirement(s) is appreciated.
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Old 03-06-2013, 21:39   #22
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It might not be the most powerful, but I was impressed by the good 'ol run of the mill Gold Dot. It will well in bare gel and stress test.




I have a box of BB Heavy 125s, but not sure when I will have a chance to test them. Underwood 125s ride in my Weigand Combat ported 2.25" SP101. Even with the porting they still make 1200 fps.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:24   #23
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If I had to pick an all 'round .357 Mag. load for every possible scenario I would carry the Barnes 140 gr. Solid Copper HP as it has all the great qualities and none of the bad. Just my 2 cents.
I agree. That's what I keep in a 3" 686+. Nothing has been more accurate, it's a great mid-weight bullet. It's long for it's weight and may have something to do with very little 'blast'.

Other than those, I like 158 GD's and they are easier to find. IMO, 125's in a 357mag (especially a sub 4") is a waste of case space and has too much blast and unburned powder. Plus the fact it's very light. 140-158's are what I prefer. I'd like to see a hot bonded 135. Maybe the 135 SB GD loaded hot (1300-1400) would work well if you want something explosive?
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:32   #24
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If I had to pick an all 'round .357 Mag. load for every possible scenario I would carry the Barnes 140 gr. Solid Copper HP as it has all the great qualities and none of the bad. Just my 2 cents.
Sorry to ramble, I see you don't reload yet. Again, the advice above is solid for an all-arounder. Check them out.
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Old 03-07-2013, 13:04   #25
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I have always liked the 125gr SJHP in .357 Mag. It rocks!
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Old 03-07-2013, 19:31   #26
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Sorry to ramble, I see you don't reload yet. Again, the advice above is solid for an all-arounder. Check them out.

I've reloaded since the 70's. I merely selected that round as an over the counter item as it's apparent that 99% of shooters don't.
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Old 03-08-2013, 13:25   #27
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For those that reload and are after this effect, or if you want to kill some critter and cook it at the same time:

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Great propellant! It isn't the best at powder flow. but the loads hit very hard.
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Great propellant! It isn't the best at powder flow. but the loads hit very hard.
I know a lot of guys that like it. I bought a pound back in 2008 and still have half of it. I get better speeds and accuracy with 2400. BUT - if you want a huge fireball and massive blast wave blowing your hair back, this is the powder for you.


By the way, since this is a .357 mag thread, Alliant pulled their data for BD and 125's.

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901029
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I know a lot of guys that like it. I bought a pound back in 2008 and still have half of it. I get better speeds and accuracy with 2400. BUT - if you want a huge fireball and massive blast wave blowing your hair back, this is the powder for you.


By the way, since this is a .357 mag thread, Alliant pulled their data for BD and 125's.

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=901029
Yes, it does have a lot of flash.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:02   #30
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I recall BB 125gr doing 1500+fps in a 4" Sp101 and 1300+ from the same gun using 158gr . Pretty decent in a small frame revolver. Even their 158gr .38sp was pushing 1100fps. This was on the Gunblast site.
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I don't have a chrono yet, but the 125gr Barnes .357 is HOT. It's noticeably hotter than Hornady 125gr XTP, which is noticeably hotter than Remington 125gr SJHP.

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I don't have a chrono yet, but the 125gr Barnes .357 is HOT. It's noticeably hotter than Hornady 125gr XTP, which is noticeably hotter than Remington 125gr SJHP.

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Wow! Is that factory loaded from Barnes?
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Warp, I don't doubt they're hot, but more flash and boom and felt recoil don't necessarily mean it's going faster than another load.

See my previous post about blue dot.
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I don't have a chrono yet, but the 125gr Barnes .357 is HOT. It's noticeably hotter than Hornady 125gr XTP, which is noticeably hotter than Remington 125gr SJHP.

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I've reloaded since the 70's. I merely selected that round as an over the counter item as it's apparent that 99% of shooters don't.
I meant the OP, it even said FACTORY in the title. Somehow overlooked it.
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I have a S&W 586. I am going to get it out and shoot it!
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I have a S&W 586. I am going to get it out and shoot it!
Barrel length? Pre-lock?
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6-inch barrel, and I got the revolver back in 1986.
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