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38 Special 18 12.24%
38+P 26 17.69%
357 Magnum 96 65.31%
Other 7 4.76%
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Old February 5th, 2012, 02:20 PM   #1
 
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What ammo do you use in your 357 Magnum?

The advantage of the 357 Magnum is the ability to use 357 Magnum, 38 special, 38 +P, etc.

What do you use for Home defense/self defense?



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Old February 5th, 2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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Wouldn't want to deal with the concussion, muzzle flash and penetration of a 357Magnum indoors, especially without ear protection.

Keep Speer Gold Dot 135 gr +P in my LCR & SP101.

They will do the job. http://www.speer-ammo.com/products/bullet_tests.htm
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I use Buffalo Bore 38 Spl +P 158 gr LSWC-HP/GC.
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For inside the home my wife and I are loaded with 148gr HBWC in .38, Outside the home, depending on where we are going, could be 180gr, 142 gr, or 158gr, or Hornady XTP all in 357.
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Well that depends, In the wifes "J" frame we generally stick to a +P 158 LSWCHP, in my 3" I use the same load, In a 4 or 6 inch "L" or "N" frame or GP100 I tend to go with a 158 SJSWCHP full .357, or a 135 JHP, whichever the gun prefers, unless I am "In the Bush" in which case I like the Remington 158gn JSP load, Now in my 4' "K Frames" I tend to go with a 145-158 gn bullet in a magnum loading as the gun prefers. In the wifes Taurus Tracker and my newly acquires Security Six we are still experimenting, but I suspect, since they are "off road" guns we will probably go woth a good 158 gn bullet.

There, was that easy enough to understand?
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What is "other" in that poll?
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I hunt with mine, and really like 158 grain Hornady XTP loaded on top of 18 grains of
H110. It makes a pretty decent deer round out to 50 yards or so.
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In my 357 GP and Security Six I only shoot 357 Mag cased ammo. Now that doesn't mean it's all full power stuff, I reload and have cooked up a number of loads for 357 mag cases that would be considered middle of the road 38 spls, in the neighborhood of 850 fps. Nice easy plinkin but they don't leave that nasty hard to clean carbon ring in the chambers that shooting 38 spls will.
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I use mostly CCI Blazer 158 hollow points-they're mild for 357's, cheap, and are fairly clean.
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What is "other" in that poll?
That is what I was wondering. I reload, so I shoot them all, but mostly 357 magnum.
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My 4" gp100 sits in my house with .357 CCI Blazer 158 hollow points for self defense. But too be honest most of the shots through it are .38 special bulk 158gr solid lead round nose rounds. Prolly fired 150 .357 bullets out of the gun and like 600 .38 special rounds.
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You need an all of the above with such a braod question. I own 2 357s. In my LCR, I shoot 38SP+P in practice and Hornady CD 357 in CCW. My wife carries Hornady CD 38SP +P in CCW. In my 686, I will shoot 38SP +P in practice. I carry either the Hornady CD 357 or Golden Sabres. I also have some Remington fullo bore 357 for my SHTF plan. No, I will not shoot this last one in my LCR, EVER.
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depending on which .357 gun, i shoot all that stuff except for the "other" ( is it maybe 9mm in the convertible guns?)
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As an Illinois resident (no ccw yet), I am protecting my home. I use 158 gr standard pressure jhp in my GP 100. My daugher's room is directly across from our bedroom doorway, and over penetration is definately a major concern. I bought the GP 100 more for it's ruggedness, reliability and versatility than the fact it was .357. My opinion only.
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For self defense against human predators, I'll use either 38 +P or off the shelf 125 grain 357. For range work, my GP-100 loves standard 158 grain 357 loads - inch groups at 25 yards easy. For the few weeks in spring when the black bears are out and hungry, I'll use one of the souped up Buffalo Bore loads for self-defense, if and when. Some of these get you close to 41 magnum country.
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