preference for carry ammo


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dagerv
July 27, 2011, 12:51 AM
I have a s&w 340 m&p and am debating whether to carry 158 gr or 125 gr loads. I am not recoil shy but wanted to hear from folks with many more years experience in the firearms world on their preference and why. Also as opposed to modern hollowpoints such as those in hornady's critical defense, how well do semi-jacketed hollowpoints fair?

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jgiehl
July 27, 2011, 01:40 AM
A department head I work with has this same S&W and I loaded some rounds up for him. I used 125 grain Speer Uni-Cor hollowpoints with 2400, he said he wanted them hot so I made them hot. He didn't like them hot. They ran up into his hand so bad he couldn't finish shooting them. But the boards he was shooting at were completely trashed. HUGE gaping hole out of the back of 3 2x4's. Now he shoots a mid-load 158 Hornady XTP.

Warp
July 27, 2011, 01:41 AM
There is no consensuses on 125 vs 158. It seems pretty well split.

Have you tried out any potential carry loads yet?

wlewisiii
July 27, 2011, 01:52 AM
158 gr. LSWCHP .38 special +P from Buffalo Bore.

Yes, even in my .357 magnum.

It's the best revolver load. Period.

dagerv
July 27, 2011, 10:37 AM
yes i've tried the hornady critical defense 125 gr .357 mag. I don't have a chronograph but in comparison to some of the other .357 ammo in 158 gr, it just doesn't feel like that same .357 oomph. I have heard of the 38 spl +p but i would like to find some good carry ammo. Also I do not have a reloading set up yet but plan too.

Lucky Derby
July 27, 2011, 12:49 PM
For snubbies I like the Speer 135gr +Pshort barrel load.
For longer barreled .38s, I like the BB 158gr LSWCHP+P.

Cosmoline
July 27, 2011, 12:54 PM
158 gr. LSWCHP .38 special +P from Buffalo Bore.

That one is tough to beat. Remington also makes a fine LSWCHP +p. They're soft lead, expand very well and have a long excellent track record.

mdauben
July 27, 2011, 07:27 PM
For a short barrel revolver like that, I'd go with Speer Gold Dot Short Barrel 135g in .357mag or 125gr +P in .38spl

glockky
July 27, 2011, 07:50 PM
i personally like 135gr gold dot 38 special+p's. They shoot great in my J-frame and the recoil is not bad.

dagerv
July 27, 2011, 09:03 PM
Thank you for all the responses. However, I like the idea of the 357 for the 357 and the heavier bullet. Has anyone tried the buffalo bore for short barrels?

wrs840
July 27, 2011, 09:10 PM
Remington also makes a fine LSWCHP +p. They're soft lead, expand very well and have a long excellent track record.

Remington R38S12 158gr +P is my choice for carry in .38 snubs, based on my research and the accuracy I'm able to get with it. FWIW.

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