What do you load your 357MAG with?


August 5, 2006, 01:51 AM
What premium JHP do you load in your 357MAG, and why?

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Stephen A. Camp
August 5, 2006, 01:58 AM
Hello. For protection, mine is loaded with Corbon 125-gr. DPX. My reasoning is that it is relatively easy to control in the SP101 I carry it in and has grouped quite well. Cases extract easily as well and it appears to be a consistent expander.



August 5, 2006, 03:20 PM
I run Speer Gold Dot "Short Barrel" 135 Grain JHP in my lightweight snubbie. They are much more manageable than regular loads since the pistol weighs under 1lb!

August 5, 2006, 04:09 PM
Winchester white box 125 grn. JHP. Cheap, but they do the trick.

Cousin Mike
August 5, 2006, 04:25 PM
... I've got 8 rounds of CCI 158gr. JHP's on tap in my new Taurus.
Not the best stuff in the world, but I'm sure it'll get the job done.
They actually look like some pretty mean rounds.

Why: The place I bought it didn't have anything hot that was heavier than 110 gr., and The CCI was $10 for a box of 50. The range I went to didn't sell anything but reloads, and didn't allow "full-house" .357 Magnum to be fired on their range. :banghead: Full-house was anything other than their reloads. :fire:

Needless to say I was shooting .38spl today. :cuss:

August 5, 2006, 04:39 PM
Remington White Box. Cheap, and available from where I work--saves me gas money, which I then use to buy more ammo:D .

August 5, 2006, 04:40 PM
great for deer, should work on people too if it has to.

August 5, 2006, 04:43 PM
Remington 158 gr semi jacketed hollow points, handloaded to +p specs.
Some times 3-158 gr sjhp's followed by 3-158 gr semi jacketed soft points.


August 5, 2006, 04:46 PM
great for deer, should work on people too if it has to. their 125,s get 1700fps and the 180's get 1400fps. both around 800 ft/lbs energy.:neener:

August 5, 2006, 05:20 PM
Other: 145 gr Winchester Silvertip

August 5, 2006, 07:46 PM
Corbon 110gr. Probably won't buy anymore once I finish it off. I voted for and have many boxes of 158 gr Hydrashok and Federal Classic 125gr JHP.

August 5, 2006, 07:58 PM
Other: Rem 158 SJHP's is my load of choice, though I'll load 180's when I can find them.

Practice with Independence and Aguila 158 SP's as the Remington stuff is not cheap.

August 5, 2006, 08:26 PM
My .357 is a "bush" gun-Ruger flattop I carry out at the ranch. I load 180 gr. CP gas check cast bullets to 1250 fps. Enough penetration to stop a nutso steer, in a handy package.

August 5, 2006, 08:29 PM
My .357 is an Sp101 with 3" barrel. It is loaded with 135 grain Gold Dot short barrel loads, so I can't vote for any of the options in the poll. :p

August 5, 2006, 08:54 PM
158 grain lead hollow points I load myself.

Brian Williams
August 5, 2006, 08:54 PM
165Gr LSWCGC of my own reloads.

August 5, 2006, 08:58 PM
180 grain Hornady XTPs

August 5, 2006, 09:08 PM
135gr Speer GD in my 4" M65.

August 5, 2006, 10:19 PM
I prefer 158gr soft points or swc's.

August 5, 2006, 10:26 PM
110 grn. JHP (aka) man stoppers!

Semper Fi!

August 5, 2006, 11:43 PM
Other: 165gr Core Lokt (http://www.remington.com/products/ammunition/handgun/core-Lokt.asp)

Taurus 66
August 6, 2006, 01:15 AM
Winchester 125 Gr Super X JHP for when I'm outside or on the road, and some kind of .38 Sp 158 Gr JHP in my 66 for home defense. I don't know the name of these .38s. Sorry.

Redneck with a 40
August 6, 2006, 01:20 AM
My 357 is not my primary self defense gun, that duty goes to my XD40.:p I primarily use my 357 on camping trips, protection from both 2 legged and 4 legged critters. I load 158 grain JSP's in mine. Its a taurus tracker 4" stainless.

August 6, 2006, 01:25 AM
158 Federal HS... I tried some of those 125 gr Remintons... damn things are too hot for me out of my Colt snubby. Downright uncomfortable to shoot.

You gotta hit what you are aiming at, and to me those 125's were a sure fire trip to flinch city.

August 6, 2006, 02:18 AM
Double Tap Gold Dot 125's cranking 1600 fps, or their 158's doing 1400 from a 4" GP-100.

August 6, 2006, 09:40 AM
Winchester 145gr silvertips in my 3"'65-3,low
flash and shoots to POA.

Federal classic 357mag 125gr JHP's in my 2"
640-1 for the same reasons.

August 6, 2006, 02:24 PM
Speer 125 JHP bullets on top of an undisclosed compressed charge of H110. Winchester small rifle primers, and Winchester cases.

August 6, 2006, 02:29 PM
Since I never carry a .357 for personal defense, I most load with my 180 grain hot handload in my Ruger. I intend to use it again on deer. My favorite general purpose load is a cast, gas checked SWC from a Lee mold. It's my all around for both my revolvers and my carbine. It's accurate and powerful. The 180 grain is a little too hot to be fired in anything, but my Blackhawk.

If I carried a .357 for self defense against humans, I would prefer the 125 grain load. The great thing about this caliber is the huge selection of loads, even light .38s, that the guns will shoot. I don't limit myself to one load in any of my .357s, shoot more .38 wadcutters than anything else out of 'em.

August 6, 2006, 04:19 PM
My SP101 gets stoked with hand loaded Speer 125 gr at about 1200 .
My Blackhawk is loaded 180 RNFP gas check if Im using it for deer or 148 hollow base wadcutters loaded backwards if Im going after muscrats.

one shot one kill

August 6, 2006, 05:16 PM
158 grain fiocchi sjhp's. I hit good with them and they seem hot. I admittedly dont know the velocity of them in different barrel lengths, I'd like to chrono them and find out particullary in short barrels. I carry a 2" sp101 and a 3" gp100

August 6, 2006, 05:17 PM
P.S. I like to stoke my 6" gp100 with 190 grain winchester partition gold.

August 6, 2006, 10:40 PM
The vast majority of bullets that have been fired through my 357s have been reloads with Hornady 158 XTPs.

August 6, 2006, 11:14 PM
Federal American Eagle 158gr JSP. Accurate and makes a nice "bang" when I squeeze the trigger.:cool:

Ala Dan
August 7, 2006, 09:17 AM
Federal Nyclads

August 7, 2006, 02:56 PM
Georgia Arms 158 Gr. P+ Deer Stompers.

I live in the boonies with black bear around the house. It's either carrying the .357 or carrying the S&W 629 when I am out and about the yard and property. I prefer the .357 because I can control shot placement better. If I go deeper into the mountains, .12 ga. shotgun with slugs.

August 8, 2006, 08:37 AM
Since the load I actually carry was not listed I chose the Federal HydraShoks. I, in reality load my .357mag's with 145gr. Winchester STHP's. (Silver Tip Hollow Points).

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