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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:26 PM   #1
 
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With the 3" barrel do I still have enough velocity to make it worth it carrying full-house loads (buffalo bore 125 grain, Federal 125 JHP)? In other words, will I still get the stopping power that makes the .357 legendary? I guess I don't want to carry it much unless I have a decent advantage over my G19, with corbon +p. In all honesty the sp101 if my wife's house gun loaded with the .38 FBI load, but I'm trying to find an excuse to carry it too, since I do like the gun a lot and she doesn't carry.

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I would like to see Crono results from the SP and the Glock 19, I bet they would be very close.
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If you want to carry a revolver----- yes.
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I chronoed some Remington 125 SJHPs from my 3" SP101 and got over 1300 fps out of it.
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If you go to the library, you will find a post called "Ballistics by the inch" it explains what the velocities of different barrel lenghts are. Good reading
Sorry SUNDEVIL, I didn't notice right away. You have to have 10 posts to get into the library. Well worth the wait. There is a lot of great info in there.

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Muzzle velocity of a 125gr .357 JHP round from a 3" barrel is 1450 ft/sec. delivering 588 ft/Lbs of energy. A 9mm 115gr JHP round runs 1225 ft/sec with 383 fl/Lbs of energy. Round for round, the .357 has a huge advantage in stopping power. The G19 has the advantage in capacity, but shot placement is everything - if you can deal with the threat in 5 shots, the SP101 wins hands down.
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With the 3" barrel do I still have enough velocity to make it worth it carrying full-house loads (buffalo bore 125 grain, Federal 125 JHP)? In other words, will I still get the stopping power that makes the .357 legendary? I guess I don't want to carry it much unless I have a decent advantage over my G19, with corbon +p. In all honesty the sp101 if my wife's house gun loaded with the .38 FBI load, but I'm trying to find an excuse to carry it too, since I do like the gun a lot and she doesn't carry.

Thanks in advance for your input.
I have both the 2 and 3". 3-4fps difference. Not enough to sneeze over.
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I carry the BB in 180gr
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So, I'm assuming the general consensus is "yes"?
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Sundevil357,
I found this some time back, it's a pretty good endorsement:
Sarges Roll Call: April 2008
And here's the relevant bits:
"I took along my .357 Mag SP101 and my old 1911A1. Don't worry about ammo...you can find seriously-heavy handgun loads at the local WalMart. I grabbed an 18-pack of “Alaska Backpacker” .357's using a 200 grain hard-cast, gas-checked LBT. Upon returning home, I chronographed a few and found them to produce 970 fps from the 2 ¼” SP101. Recoil was noticeable but not unbearable. The load's velocity didn't impress me much- until I started shooting things with it. It easily bored through a 3 inch seasoned oak limb, digging an inch groove in the trunk behind. It shot through an old mower deck- that .45 hardball only dents. This load grouped into about 2 ¼ “ at 25 yards, and the point-of-impact with the little Ruger was only 3” high at that distance. I do believe Alaska Backpacker's 200 grain .357 would shoot through a bear's noggin' and that's about all you can ask of a pocket gun.
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So, I'm assuming the general consensus is "yes"?
Yes
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Good info! Thanks fds5116. I guess the power difference is enough to warrant carrying the sp101 instead of my G19. I have a simply rugged sourdough holser on order, which should hopefully arrive soon. Can't wait!
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Actually it's the silver dollar...oops.....it's just the smaller version of the sourdough.
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I have both the 2 and 3". 3-4fps difference. Not enough to sneeze over.

Is this a misprint? If you aren't getting about 50 to 80 FPS more in a three-inch bbl. than from a snub with .38 ammo, something is odd.


.357 ammo will also show a considerable difference with a three-inch bbl. and the guns are easier to shoot well than a snub.

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SUNDEVIL357 mentioned .357 loads then wife's .38. My comment was based on .357
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