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.357 Magnum recommendations?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Glock19Fan, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Glock19Fan

    Glock19Fan Cool Guy

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    I recently bought a .357 Magnum revolver with a 6 inch barrel. This is not my primary self defense weapon, and with that in mind, I have decided that I want a high velocity, fragmenting 110-125 grain bullet for self defense. JHP or SJHP are fine.

    I plan on doing a ballistic gelatin test on this also.

    Any recommenations? I would prefer the highest velocity ammunition. Something the creater would be proud of.
     
  2. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Why do you want it to fragment? Any old cup and core bullet should do nicely if that's what you're after...
     


  3. Kentguy

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    Try the Hornady LEVERevolution 140g FTX round.
    The box states;
    Ballistics Information:
    Muzzle Velocity: 1440 fps
    Muzzle Energy: 644 ft. lbs.

    I have shot these out of my S&W 357 mag. w/6" barrel - I think you'll find what you are looking for with these. Powder Valley has them for slightly over $18 for a box of 25.

    Good luck.
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  4. PghJim

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  6. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    either the Federal or Remington 125gr SJHP rounds. Both are very street-proven. :cool:
     
  7. 9mm +p+

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    This, I've seen both used and they are extremely effective.
     
  8. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    I have wondered what barrel length the .357 Magnum has made its reputation in? 4-inch, 6-inch?
     
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    4" 125's were designed for police use in the late 70's.
     
  10. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

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    The holsters for 4-inch revolvers were less expensive than those for 6-inchers.
     
  11. PghJim

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    You are kidding right? The barrels were 4" mostly because they were a little lighter, they did not get in the way when sitting or getting in and out of a car and they were faster to get into action. Remember that a the barrel on a revolver is measured ahead of the cylinder, so a 4" barrel would actually be 5+ inches. Pistols are measured from the end of the barrel hood. A 4" revolver would probably be longer than a G17, or close.

    I would suspect with the OP's 6" barrel he would get over 1,500fps out of these 125gr loads, assuming a tight cylinder gap.
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012
  12. SCmasterblaster

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    makes sense. The six-inch revolvers and their holsters were likely too big. :cool:
     
  13. rv4driver

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    Whatever you choose, you might try TargetSports USA. They usually have a pretty good selection and good prices. I've been getting some wicked deals on 9mm and .40S&W lately.
    Like 11.99 a box for Remington Golden Saber hollowpoints! Free shipping on cases of ammo. Better than WWB at Wally World.
    I roll my own .357 and .38spcl though.
     
  14. Glock19Fan

    Glock19Fan Cool Guy

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    Just my opinion, but I am thinking that the 1500-1600FPS that can be delivered from a 6 inch .357 magnum barrel are enough to make fragmentation effective.

    I am going to do some ballistic gelatin tests soon to see if this is correct. There just arent too many gelatin tests out there with this style bullet from a 6+ inch length barrel.
     
  15. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

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    For what the OP wants, he would be hard pressed to find anything better. This is one devastating load!

    +1 :thumbsup:
     
  16. PghJim

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    Maybe I am off base, but I do not see why bullet manufactures cannot make a 0.355" SJHP in 125gr for the 357 Sig. I can feed empty cases in my 357 sig gun so I am pretty sure a little exposed lead would not make a difference. After all, you are feeding 0.355 into a 0.400 hole.
     
  17. CanyonMan

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    For two legged critters, I've always favored the Federal 125gr, and I do like the 158 gr in a 357mag as well, probably more.. Both my 4" Smith and the 3 1/16" SP101 are very accurate with these loads.

    The SP101 really likes my 180gr HC hand loads and shoots some real small groups at pretty fair ranges. makes for a fun 'small package' for culling smaller deer on the ranch, with the heavier HC.


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  18. meatloaf samwich

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    Can't comment on sd ammo but i know freedom munitions has inexpensive range ammo for this caliber.
     
  19. kmrcstintn

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    Fiocchi also makes a 125gr semijacketed hollowpoint which looks like the Federal round...just mentioned as another source in case getting either Remington or Federal is difficult