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=""]Speer Gold Dot 357 Magnum 125 Grain Clear Gel Test - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=""]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.
  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


    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.

  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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