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Heavy Frame Short Barrel .357 question

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by Chonny, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. Chonny


    Mar 30, 2010
    Edmond, OK
    Hi I was curious about heavy frame short barrel snubbies. Ive shot a 340 and Id consider it annoying. How do the larger frame short barrel revolvers handle? Something like a 686 with a 2.5" barrel?
  2. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    Even the snubby L frame in a steel gun will be easy with .357mag. I had a 2.5 K frame (model 66-3) years ago that had some snap with magnum loads, but the extra 6-8oz of a similar L frame will absorb quite a bit of recoil.

  3. Chup


    Feb 11, 2008
    N. Ohio
    I have a Ruger SP101 and have only shot 125gr. 357 HP from it and it handles just fine.
  4. adv


    Oct 2, 2009
    Houston, TX
    +1 for the SP 101 (with a set of Pachymar grips)
  5. .357Jedi


    Feb 27, 2010
    +2 for the mighty SP 101.
    I have cut loose with 158 JSPs out of it. You sure know the thing went off but its not self toture eather. :cool:
  6. Chup


    Feb 11, 2008
    N. Ohio
    I forgot about my 617 Taurus. 7 shot 357. Excellent DAO trigger. You can shoot 357s out of it all day long. This has to be my favorite Revolver for IWB Carry.
  7. TAC 1

    TAC 1

    Jul 16, 2010
    W. Pa.
    Go for it. I love my primary carry piece. An Sp101 in 357. Ladies have borrowed it to take my basic handgun class,and shoot very well. They are using Remington 38 specials that I provide them. It does in fact shoot a trifle low with the specials. Maye an inch and a half to two inches. The 158gr Blazer HPs I carry in it are dead on. I'm not exactly a Blazer fan,but the price is right. I also believe in carry ammo that doesn't bring any baggage with it. Generic,over the counter,non threatening name,and no loop hole for the prosecution. Should one ever need to (heaven forbid), have to use it on another human.
    As strange as this sounds,my 3" S&W 29 44 mag carried quite nicely. Very comfortable in fact. A little on the hard to cover side,but the DeSantis pancake holster worked well. Now there is a handfull! My handloads with 240 XTPs over H110 were less than enjoyable to shoot. A prettier piece there never was though.
  8. Chonny


    Mar 30, 2010
    Edmond, OK
  9. stumpjumper


    Feb 5, 2007
    I just took my new 2 1/4" SP101 to the range- fired everything from 38 110 gr. to 357 158 +P . I could definitely tell the difference, but it wasn't as bad as I expected.
  10. MinervaDoe


    Jan 26, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    +1 on the Pachmayr's for the SP101.
    The stock grips beat my hands up.
    The gun is downright mellow to shoot with .38 Special.
    Typical Ruger; I find it more accurate to shoot it double action.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2010

  11. REAL funny you should mention Blazers. The 158 .357 round shot POA in my SP 101, the recoil was easily manageable and the stats on the Blazer website indicated a beefier +P .38 spl round - something along the lines of Buffalo Bore's FBI round. I think the JHP in it is...what? Gold Dot?

    So a quality bullet in a cheap, accurate, controllable package. Seems to be flying under the radar when compared to name brand SD .357 ammo , but I've always considered it a REAL viable load for my SP 101 - indeed even for my 4" bbl 686+.
  12. Buckeye63


    Jul 24, 2004
    East TN

    Taurus 608 DAO SS 3inch barraled 357 mag...8 shot
  13. Great Googly Moogly

    Great Googly Moogly Shiek Yerbouti

    Jul 15, 2010
    Uncle Bernies Farm
    2.5" model 66 with big hardcast loads for my woods gun. No issues at all.
  14. 219paul


    Sep 16, 2002
  15. MajorD


    Aug 16, 2010
    considering how small the velocity increase is from +p 38 to 357 out of short barrels the question you might want to ask is if you need to be shooting 357's in a snubby at all. If you can chronograph some loads out of 357 snubbies- the diff in my experience out of a snubby is 200 feet per second or less often much less.