Any source for 135gr "short barrel" .357 Gold Dots?


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gwalchmai
December 20, 2005, 09:02 PM
I'd like to load some of these, but I can't find them yet. Anyone see them?

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RyanM
December 21, 2005, 03:22 AM
MidwayUSA has them. http://www.midwayusa.com

gwalchmai
December 21, 2005, 07:09 AM
Thanks, Ryan. ;)

anonanon
December 21, 2005, 08:40 PM
I had to order mine in. No retailer carried them in stock. They won't stock them until there's a demand, and there won't be a demand until they're readily available, so what can you do...
I was pretty impressed with the bullet. The accuracy at 18 gr and 18.4 gr of H110 was as good as or better than the 140 gr bullets I've always favored...10 groups are not really enough to say for sure.
I tried the bullet because I was turned off by the failure of about 1/3 of the Hornady XTP 140 gr bullets to expand in a dirt berm. All the Speer Gold Dots, the old Speer 140 JHPs, and the old Hornady 140 JHPs expanded fully. The 135s expanded like you'd expect, but the surprising thing is that they retained so much of their lead after mushrooming.
When the weather warms up I will be trying some more tests, and plan to add the 147gr Short Barrel bullet to the test list.
I should mention that my guns aren't the least bit short barrel -- my "snub" nose is a 6" and my accuracy gun is a heavyweight 8".

gwalchmai
December 21, 2005, 09:49 PM
That's interesting anonanon. I'm going to use them to work up some loads for my Taurus 85.

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