The most powerful FACTORY .357 Magnum?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by Jade Falcon, Mar 4, 2013.


  1. 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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  2. 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.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmhh9C5UjDM"]Speer Gold Dot 357 Magnum 125 Grain Clear Gel Test - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT-ogVAqFCQ"]Speer Gold Dot 357 Magnum 125 Grain Stress Test - YouTube[/ame]


    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.
     

    #22 Ljutic, Mar 6, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2013
  3. 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?
     
  4. Sorry to ramble, I see you don't reload yet. Again, the advice above is solid for an all-arounder. Check them out.
     
  5. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    I have always liked the 125gr SJHP in .357 Mag. It rocks!
     

  6. 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.
     
  7. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Great propellant! It isn't the best at powder flow. but the loads hit very hard.
     
  8. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    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
     
  9. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    Yes, it does have a lot of flash. :supergrin:
     
  10. 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.
     
  11. Warp

    Warp ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    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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  12. Wow! Is that factory loaded from Barnes?
     
  13. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

    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. :supergrin:
     
  14. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    What a tremendous blast!
     
  15. I meant the OP, it even said FACTORY in the title. Somehow overlooked it. :embarassed:
     
  16. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    I have a S&W 586. I am going to get it out and shoot it!
     
  17. Barrel length? Pre-lock?
     
  18. SCmasterblaster

    Millennium Member

    6-inch barrel, and I got the revolver back in 1986.
     

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