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Old 02-21-2009, 02:43   #1
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Calling all S&W 340 owners- Chime in

Well, I've been carrying my 340SC now for several years as a pocket gun, and just this week picked up a set of LG-405's (CT Lasergrip), and I must say this is one of my favorite, lightweight, throw in my front pocket and forget about it guns I have. For me, this is a "better than nothing" gun, as if I can carry and effectively conceal my Glock 27 (or larger gun) that goes with me first. My 340

My question to all the 340 owners is this- Do you really load the .357 MAG round when you carry it concealed? I know everyone bought this gun because of the .357 capabilities (otherwise you could have bought the 642 and saved some $), but perhaps after firing it decided that was not the way to go, so that's why I ask. And most important- BE HONEST! Don't let your ego or pride get in the way, some people may have a hard time admitting that they can't handle the round or don't like it.. after all it is a brutal round to fire out of the scandium framed gun!!

Me personally, I first had a 642 for many years, and enjoyed carrying that... but after the 340 came out in .357, I sold my 642 and bought the 340 figuring I would just have more options, and worst case scenerio just download to .38 rounds (and effectively admit that I just wasted several hundreds of dollars upgrading to the .357, lol!).

I'll admit that when I first bought the 340, I was pumped to have a full power .357 gun until I shot the .357 rounds out of it... and went back to loading it with .38 special rounds (I have always liked the Nyclad in .38). The .357 at first was VERY painful and uncomfortable to shoot.... but over time, I have fired it enough to adjust to it and now carry full .357 loads for personal defense.

I will also say this- on my range trips, this is the LAST gun I shoot as I know my hand will swell and perhaps become numb... and I don't shoot a lot of rounds out of it. But I am comfortable enough with this gun that I think I could do whatever was needed in a high stress situation.

For those who just bought the gun, or have had it a while.... give it some time! Work your way into the .357 rounds and you'll be glad you did. If they just don't work out for you, I'd still feel comfortable with the .38 rounds.

So lets hear from the 340 owners....
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:13   #2
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I practice with .38 but carry .357 Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel loads. I'll also shoot 5 or 10 once in while just to be familiar with the difference. I have a 340 M&P that I really like.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:07   #3
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I carry WW Ranger 357's in mine.
It's alot more fun to shoot with downloaded 38's.
But "When you care enough to send the very best"...357 says it so very well.
I'm not so familiar with all of S&W's product line, but for me, the 340Sc offered features I wanted- replaceable front sight(mine is now a X/S Big Dot), blast shield protecting the frame just above the forcing cone, lanyard loop( I carry it fishing and swamping)and of course, it's light weight( cell phone in 1 pocket and 340Sc in the other and my jammies don't fall down on the morning trip to the mailbox!)
I DID stay at a Holiday Inn last nite...
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Old 02-21-2009, 09:43   #4
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My 340 PD is loaded with
Buffalo Bore 125 grain 38 +P's.
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Old 02-21-2009, 15:21   #5
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Remington Golden Sabre 125gr .357... I'll shoot 2 or 3 cylinders worth each range trip. Also practice with .38 FMJ anywhere from 25 - 50 rounds per session.
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Old 02-21-2009, 18:32   #6
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I shot mine for the first time today. WOW NOT PLEASANT!! my hand really hurts. and I am a big guy and not at all a recoil sissy I think I will carry it with .357 but am dang sure not gonna be practicing a whole lot with .357 which kinda bothers me since I like to be extremely proficient with what I carry but this thing is just NASTY!
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Old 02-21-2009, 20:23   #7
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340 PD/with Night Sight on front.

On order in Austin, Texas.

Lots of money!

Hope I can hang on to it.

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Old 02-21-2009, 21:19   #8
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When the Ruger LCR comes out,put an order on it. then you wont have to worry about the .357 biting you in the Buttooooooteeeeee. Or on Monday,call Bill Laughridge at Cylinder and Slide and ask him about when he shot it at the shot show range. 17z
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Old 02-22-2009, 00:25   #9
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How much extra power do you really get out of a .357mag in a 1 7/8" bbl? If the .38spls are not burning all the powder, can the mags really give you anything?

I am seriously asking not being a smartass. I have heard that there are certain loads that are designed for a snub nose .38 like the Cor-Bon. The idea is that they burn more of the powder in the short bbls than a normal load. Is there a similar load for the .357mags? Most people don't have mag snubbies so I wonder if they ever made a load for them.
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Old 03-06-2009, 03:23   #10
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When I first bought my 340PD I would practice once a week with .357 - an entire box.

I actually did this for almost a year. But as my collection grew I found myself shooting the 340PD less and less.

The funny part is nowadays I shoot about 10 .357 at a crack and I'm done. Switch over to the .38 after that.

So I got worse over time rather than getting used to it!
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Old 05-02-2009, 16:03   #11
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I carry a 360ss daily. I hardly ever shoot .357 ammo in it. My carry load is 125 gr. Corbon DPX. Stout but you can control it.
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Old 05-02-2009, 16:06   #12
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How much extra power do you really get out of a .357mag in a 1 7/8" bbl? .
A mere 300-400 fps greater velocity.....
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Old 05-09-2009, 18:01   #13
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too light for me, but I got such a deal on it I had to buy it

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Old 05-12-2009, 21:06   #14
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Love the little Pig

I bought mine about a month ago. I have over 300 rounds of 357's 158 LSWC out of it now. I work as a carpenter and my hands are pretty tough. If you are a desk dude, the thing might hurt your hand, but come on, some of the posts I read are like little girls crying about how bad is hurts. Buck up. You are shooting a 357 Magnum ya know, what did you expect. If you bought it thinking it was a plinker, then WTF were you thinking. Hold on to the thing with a tight grip, keep your thumb away from the cylinder release or it will bite.

Great weapon, great sights, and great caliber.

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Old 05-24-2010, 11:50   #15
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Sold my SW 340pd.
Like the way it looks and feels in the hand , below

Range report:
shot 357 mag 180gr JHP Remington from it 2 rounds (never again!!! I thought it will jump out my hand)
shot 357 mag 158gr GDHP Speer Gold Dot, about 15rds (didn't care much for it)
shot 357 mag 125gr GDHP Speer Gold Dot, about 25rds (not to pleasant)
shot 38+P 125gr JHP Magtech Guardian Gold (IMHO it is one of the best personal defense round for this revolver )
shot 38spl Winchester White Box (good training round)

I am 5'8'' and 185 pounds. Worked all my life with hands. My hands are large.
Now I want to get SW MP340.
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Old 05-24-2010, 19:14   #16
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340SC daily with .38SPCL Nyclad 158gr SWCHP, shoots well, carries like a dream. I want a M&P with a big dot front sight. I perfer the darker finish on my carry guns, maybe I can slip one past the wife.
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Old 05-26-2010, 15:04   #17
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I have an M&P340 with the stock grips on her and I have always shot it with full house .357 magnum rounds. This is carry and range trips. I knew it would kick when I bought it but I have never had a problem with recoil. I also have a PM40 that no one else seems to like. Everyone seems to go to the PM9 because of the harsh recoil.

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Old 08-05-2010, 18:09   #18
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QUOTE=pstmstr;12349998]I practice with .38 but carry .357 Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel loads. I'll also shoot 5 or 10 once in while just to be familiar with the difference. I have a 340 M&P that I really like.[/QUOTE]

My thoughts exactly except here recently, I've been carrying
140 gr Hornady LEVERevolution rounds in my 340PD. I'd carried the Speer
Gold Dot Short Bbl loads for a couple years but picked up a box of these
and liked the way they shot better in my gun so I've switched. The .44mag
version shoots real well out of my 4" m29 and out of my Ruger m44 Carbine

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Old 08-13-2010, 00:23   #19
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Originally Posted by pstmstr View Post
I practice with .38 but carry .357 Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel loads. I'll also shoot 5 or 10 once in while just to be familiar with the difference. I have a 340 M&P that I really like.

+1 I do the same
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Old 08-17-2010, 15:24   #20
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I carry Winchester Supreme SXT 130 grain .38 +p rounds. Donīt really care about the magnum loads.

WHY a 340 PD ? it was to be originally a 340 M&P, but I got a chance to buy a spanking brand new 340PD from a friend that no longer wanted it for a little less. The super light weight at 11.4oz. takes the prize in my ankle bianchi holster.

Iīm honest in saying I canīt really handle the full house magnum loads in this revolver.
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