Able to pick up a few new loads 357


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SHusky57
August 14, 2009, 05:02 PM
Still on the search for a favorite .357 loading but I am limited by what is commercially available, and waiting for some extra cash to bulk order buffalo bore or double tap.

So here is what I have now:
Speer 125 gr .38 +p gold dot
Speer 135 gr .357 magnum gold dot (for short barrel)
Blazer 158 gr .357 magnum hollowpoint

The gun they will be loaded in is a 6" Ruger GP100.
I had the .38+P 125 gr in there originally, but just put in the 135 gr .357 ammo that I picked up.
The hollowpoints look HUGE in the 135 gr, and I wonder if they will penetrate enough to matter.

Since I have a .45 auto I could also use, I want to maximize the effectiveness of the round while sticking with the revolver platform.

I know all with work with right placement, but which is going to have the best terminal ballistics?

Looking up data now, if anyone has gellatin, numbers, or personal experience, please share.

(May eventually just go all 125 gr Double-tap/Buffalo Bore, but this is what the store had on hand).

P.s. when one of the salesman started talking about how corbon's metal construction blah blah produced more hydrostatic shock I kind of tuned out. 357 is fast but from what I've read hydrostatic shock is a rifle thing, not a pistol thing. I just want penetration first and expansion next.

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kanook
August 15, 2009, 04:13 PM
remington 180grain hollow point seems to work for me.

buck460XVR
August 15, 2009, 07:06 PM
Is this SD ammo? All should work, but from my experience the Blazer is pretty mild. Killed a coupla deer with them so they should kill 2 legged predators. I don't use them anymore.If you're looking for a good factory SD load, you can't beat Remmie 125JHPs. Wallyworld has the 100 count boxes for around $36.


Nowadays, I load 158s over H110 for critters, and over Unique for plinkin'.

JAV8000
August 18, 2009, 02:34 PM
For a 6" GP100, get the Double Tap 125 gr. GDHP for home defense. These rounds expand EXPLOSIVELY (as in immiediately) to .70 caliber and penetrated roughly 13". They carry a huge amount of energy and shouldn't over penetrate like heavier .357 mag rounds will. Leave the heavier stuff for hunting.

Those Speer short barrel loads will work good as a low recoil/muzzle flash option.

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