.357 defense ammo


January 25, 2003, 02:53 PM

I recently acquired Smith Wesson Performance Center Model 627 revolver
Can you guy's recommend good defense ammo for it

Thank you :)

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January 25, 2003, 03:22 PM
Remington 125gr SJHP has a good history

January 25, 2003, 03:31 PM
I think any of the 125JHP Mag. loads from the major manufacturers would be fine; I prefer the Federal. I have heard, but have no personal experience, that the Cor-Bon 125 loads are a wee bit too hot and may have sticky extraction.


January 25, 2003, 04:56 PM
I like Federal Hydra-shok JHP.

Baron Holbach
January 25, 2003, 05:19 PM
Today, I ordered a box of Gold Dot 158 grain JHP for my 4-inch Ruger GP100.

January 25, 2003, 05:34 PM
Thank you guys for you suggestions

January 26, 2003, 01:36 AM
I too would go with the 158 grain Gold Dots

January 26, 2003, 02:49 AM
If you find the full-power 125 gr. a bit much then try the Federal 110 gr. JHP. It has good expansion and sufficient penetration. Another good load is the Winchester Silvertip 145 gr. JHP. I used to load a Ruger GP-100 with the latter because it has good expansion and good penetration.

January 26, 2003, 03:33 AM
I've used GoldDots in all of my carry arms with good results, but I recently changed over to CorBon 125's in my Taurus 650. They seem to be a little more accurate, but as has been mentioned above, they are HOT and take some getting used to.

January 26, 2003, 03:42 AM
my .357s seem to like the Silvertips

January 26, 2003, 05:47 AM
My KGP-141 and SP-101 both like the 145gr Silvertips. Other good rounds are the Fed and Rem 125gr loads, Win. and Rem 110gr loads and the Speer 125gr Gold Dots.

3 gun
January 26, 2003, 07:03 AM
My .357 is loaded with the CCI 158gr Gold Dot HP.

January 26, 2003, 07:29 AM
I've got Georgia Arms Deerstoppers in my PC627.

Of course, 158gr @ 1475fps might be a little excessive unless you've got two or three bad guys in a row, but it was what I had lying around...

January 26, 2003, 11:03 AM
125gr corbons,125gr from winchester,remington or federal,145gr silvertips,150gr starfires.Try a few different ones and see which works best for you.

January 26, 2003, 11:21 AM
I second sevenshot's recomendation. If they are to stout to handle, the WInchester 145gr Silvertips would be a good alternative.

January 26, 2003, 02:35 PM
Any high-quality 125g JHP.

Jim March
January 26, 2003, 03:47 PM
The good news is, all of the above will prolly work :). Especially since we're talking about a 4" barrel versus 2".

I'm impressed by what I'm hearing about the 158 Gold Dot projectile. It's being loaded by several companies, I'd cross-compare for accuracy. The Proload may or may not be the fastest but might be the most accurate.

If a 158 will reliably expand, the extra momentum may be of advantage if you ever have to try the "break the pelvis" shot, which can stop a charging knifer/club-armed assailant quicker than anything this side of a headshot or lucky spine hit.

Jason Demond
January 26, 2003, 05:09 PM
I like 158gr Gold Dots for my 686.:)

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