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Old December 4th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #1
 
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recommended ammo for GP100

I was thinking I should get 500 rds of .357 range ammo for a new GP100 before Christmas shopping blows the ammo budget. .357 is new to me. What would you suggest as a good range round and where would you get it? So far 40 cents/rd delivered seems to be average for PMC Bronze and Fiocci in 125, 148 and 158 bullets. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks



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I like shoot Fiocchi 125 gr Hollowpoints since I usually find them at the same price or cheaper than what I would typically use at the range. $18.49 for 50 when my LGS and Walmart are 25.99. Since they are HP's, you can also use them as defense rounds in a pinch.

55985 - Ammo .357 Magnum Fiocchi Pistol Shooting Dynamics Semi Jacketed Hollow Point 125 Grain 1450 fps 50 Round Box

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IMHO, can't really go wrong with any .357 load. But I carry Remington UMC 125 JHP cause its relatively cheap and my Wal-Mart always has plenty of them!
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158 grain 357.

That is the bullet weight the 357 was designed for.
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158 grain 357.

That is the bullet weight the 357 was designed for.
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I buy MBI brand factory reloads from bulkammo.com. 158gr FMJ flat nose. I like em and they shoot pretty tight groups for me (notice the nut shot )

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I have tried two walmart 357

First was Rem UMC 125 JSP - Didn't like this, multiple misfires in my GP.

Second was Federal 158 GSP - Shot great, and cheaper. I'll stick with that till I venture into reloading for .357. I shoot mostly 38s for now.
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I would recommend a 158 grain bullet and magnum loads for that revolver.
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Thank you all. I ordered Herter's 158g JHP Select grade .357 magnum from Cabelas. Comes out to .36/delivered with a plastic dry box. From what I learned, Herter's .357 Select Grade is made in Ozark, MO by Fiocchi.

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i like the buffalo bore loads they shoot really well and are some steamrollers. Of course they are hunting loads.
personally i shoot the 180 gn
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Thank you all. I ordered Herter's 158g JHP Select grade .357 magnum from Cabelas. Comes out to .36/delivered with a plastic dry box. From what I learned, Herter's .357 Select Grade is made in Ozark, MO by Fiocchi.
I was wondering who made it when I saw the "Loaded with pride in the USA" on Cabela's. That's good to know. I like Fiocchi products ... and the USA jobs.
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If you want a great 357 load at a good price I use american eagle 38 and 357. They are 20 or so dollars for 50 and are accurate and claen burning. For home defense in 357 I use corbon powerball 38 special as hollowpoint ammunition is problematic legally in nj.
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How about $4.15 /50?

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I was thinking I should get 500 rds of .357 range ammo for a new GP100 before Christmas shopping blows the ammo budget. .357 is new to me. What would you suggest as a good range round and where would you get it? So far 40 cents/rd delivered seems to be average for PMC Bronze and Fiocci in 125, 148 and 158 bullets. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks
Reloading with bullets I cast myself, brass amortized over 5 reloads (most lasts more, mid level loads).

Downside: It takes time to do and is a whole 'nother skill set.

Fun and satisfaction IS a factor, also being able to adjust loads to desired levels, experiment to optimize accuracy, create small lots of specialized loads...pays for itself too, basic kits to start are 100-150 if you buy bullets.
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