Short barrel ammo for 2.5" M19?


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random_rest
February 15, 2011, 12:17 AM
Has anyone out there chronographed the Speer short barrel 135 gr 38+P or .357 and compared it to the 125 grain +P from Speer or other makers? I'm trying to figure out which is better from that barrel length and don't own a chronograph. Looking for the best energy I can get with reasonable blast. I don't deal well with full .357s in that gun. They don't hurt, but the blast it ridiculous, at least for me.

Thanks for any info!

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Sleipnir
February 15, 2011, 12:25 AM
Use a heavier ammo to reduce the muzzle flash, roar, and recoil. It's my opinion that with the velocities that you get with the short barrel gold dot you'd be better off with a similar velocity 9mm pocket gun that can hold more ammo, but then again it's just my opinion. I'm a little gung-ho in my choice of ammo...full power 125 grain .357 in my 2.25" SP101, so I might be a little biased!

Here's Speer's official results (set the usage to Personal Defense) (http://www.speer-ammo.com/ballistics/ammo.aspx) for both the standard gold dot line as well as the short barrel line. The revolver round in the standard line are tested out of a vented 4 inch barrel, while the short barrel flavor is tested out of a vented 2 inch barrel.

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