I need some advice from the collective. I recently picked up a Smith Model 19 w/ a 2.5" barrel. I do not know what type of self defense ammunition to use. I have a Smith 586 6", Smith 686 6", Smith 686 + 4", and a Model 19 4". If I carry them on my property or put them on the night stand I use. 357 mag 158gr Gold Dots. In the short barrel 642 and 442, I use 135gr +p Short Barrel Gold Dots. The 2.5" Model 19 might be. 357 magnum, but it still has s short barrel. Which of the two above loads would be best? Will a .357 magnum load even expand out of a 2.5" barrel? Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!