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Which .357sig Gold Dot?

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by unit1069, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    Speer offers two premium rounds for .357sig; product #54234 featuring a six-petal shallow cup Gold Dot and product #53918 featuring a "limited penetration" 5-petal shallow cup Gold Dot.

    The #54234 velocity is given at 1375 fps and #53219 is given at 1350.

    The six-petal bullet is available for reloading but the five-petal bullet is not.

    What other information about these two rounds is available and is there any advantage of selecting one over the other?
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013
  2. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    You are looking at around 16"-18" penetration with the 6 petal 234. With the 5 petal 918 expect 3"-4" less penetration. The 5 petal opens up quicker thus limiting penetration some. Expansion diameter between the two ends up about the same. For a shoter barrel 4" or less IMO you are better off with the 918 and 4"+ barrel start considering the 234.

    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013

  3. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    Always favor penetration (within reason).
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013
  4. Tiro Fijo

    Tiro Fijo

    May 31, 2011

    Because six is an even number and the Gods favor as such. They frown upon odd numbers. :whistling: