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Old February 1st, 2020, 09:56 AM   #1
 
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I'm curious- .357 magnum ammo for SD...

I've used Remington, an' sometimes Federal or Winchester, 158gr SJHP/JHP's fer years an' years. That was out of early Blackhawks, through GP100's. Now, retired, I've given my other guns to my kids. Down to but two, an' both are Super GP100's in .357 magnum. I've just purchased 500rds of Magtech 158gr SJSP fer practice an' proficiency. Likewise, 500rds of Remington HTP357M2, 158gr SJHP fer "serious social difficulties."

Now some folks use different guns fer practice an' target, while havin' others fer self defense. Me, havin' only one type/one caliber, I practice like I'll fight- somethin' Uncle Sam taught us a half century ago.

Have NOT been considerin' goin' light an' fast, bullet wise. No penetration, an' no weight retention. Likewise, don't wanna get too heavy... Think I'll only go as high as 180gr, instead o' goin' higher... Lookin' at Remington's 180gr HTP SJHP, fer a change up. Likewise, Buffalo Bore an' Double Tap in 180gr., Hard Cast... Figure the Remington fer expansion an' penetration. Buffalo Bore an' Double Tap fer penetration...

If you was gonna go heavy, what would yuh use?

My guns, one on each side, are Super GP100's in .357 magnum...

In advance, THANKS!!!

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P.S. This is fer self defense an' if possible, if the wheels fall off, hunting...



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I've used Remington, an' sometimes Federal or Winchester, 158gr SJHP/JHP's fer years an' years. That was out of early Blackhawks, through GP100's. Now, retired, I've given my other guns to my kids. Down to but two, an' both are Super GP100's in .357 magnum. I've just purchased 500rds of Magtech 158gr SJSP fer practice an' proficiency. Likewise, 500rds of Remington HTP357M2, 158gr SJHP fer "serious social difficulties."

Now some folks use different guns fer practice an' target, while havin' others fer self defense. Me, havin' only one type/one caliber, I practice like I'll fight- somethin' Uncle Sam taught us a half century ago.

Have NOT been considerin' goin' light an' fast, bullet wise. No penetration, an' no weight retention. Likewise, don't wanna get too heavy... Think I'll only go as high as 180gr, instead o' goin' higher... Lookin' at Remington's 180gr HTP SJHP, fer a change up. Likewise, Buffalo Bore an' Double Tap in 180gr., Hard Cast... Figure the Remington fer expansion an' penetration. Buffalo Bore an' Double Tap fer penetration...

If you was gonna go heavy, what would yuh use?

My guns, one on each side, are Super GP100's in .357 magnum...

In advance, THANKS!!!

OldPaladin1949

P.S. This is fer self defense an' if possible, if the wheels fall off, hunting...
I think you're all set with your choices. I don't think you can go wrong with them.

I use BB 180s and DoubleTap 180 Hardcasts in the woods for my Ruger Redhawk 5060. GPs are tanks as well. I also run the Underwood 140gr Xtreme penetrators.... probably the most powerful I've fired through mine. I also shoot a steady diet of Federal 158 hydrashoks.

I have some high power 125s, in the 800 ft lbs, but I shoot those mainly for fun. lol Talk about a hand cannon. For 2 legged, I'll stick to the 158s. My SP101 also runs the Fed Hydrashoks all day long without any issue. It will fire the BB and DT 180s, but you have to have something to poke the casings out if you need to reload right away. I just avoid using those in the SP101.

For my light weight J frame, I use Hornady FTX 125s... not as bad as most would think in a scandium frame.
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LuckyGunner has great gel testing information that may help you make a selection for your particular application:

https://www.luckygunner.com/labs/rev...llistics-test/

Based on this testing, the Hornady 158gr XTP would be my choice for a deep penetrating field load.

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I think your choice with the Remington 158 grainers is a good one. TNoutdoors9 on youTube did a ballistic test with that round. It didn't expand as pretty as an HST, but it got 13.25" penetration on the gel block with good expansion.

Here's TNoutdoor9's video:
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My carry choice is the Remington HTP in 158gr. I saw the same video as Red9 and a ton others. Its a very good round for social work and not priced like boutique ammo so if you wanted to practice with your carry ammo more you can. Its not the easiest stuff to find but there are few things that wont stop when hit by that round.

When my gun goes to night time mode I load it with

https://www.underwoodammo.com/collec...18785707524153

Much less noise and flash and I live in a small home and have other guns available near by if needed.

When I go desert hiking and animals may come into play .. I go up to 180 gr but in 10mm
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Thank-You All for your rapid responses. Makes my next acquisition selections much easier!


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