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Old January 26, 2009, 07:27 PM   #926
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My 340 M&P went back to S&W for the cylinder freezing up. It got to where I couldn't even pull the trigger through it's stroke.
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Old January 27, 2009, 07:51 PM   #927
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Angel the 340 looks great with the Pachs. !!

Moccw-Welcome and thanks for the pics, look at that virgin beauty.

Dollar an Hour-You are tough on your toys! Let us know what your cryptic repair report says.

Guess I need to get mine out there and try to break it.
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Old January 27, 2009, 10:12 PM   #928
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Ammunitiontogo

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/catalo...low-point-ammo

Ammo to go has a pretty good selection right now and the prices are seemingly not much more than a year ago. The fact of the matter is at least they have some inventory and good variety...at least tonight. By the time I pay 9.7 percent sales tax it is about the same as the shipping. I can't find any of this "good stuff" ie PD around here.

For those of you looking to try some .357 Speer Gold Dot For Short Barrel in 135 gr + P they actually have it. They also have .38 spl +P SGDFSB, which many carry in their X4X J Frames.

I picked up some 50 packs of Remington 9mm Golden Saber 147 gr for a good price and.....a box of the ever elusive .300 Savage for my 99E.
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Old January 28, 2009, 01:06 PM   #929
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Dollar an Hour-You are tough on your toys! Let us know what your cryptic repair report says.
Will do... They never do tell you much.

I've settled on Remington Golden Sabre .357 as a carry load. Shoots real nice out of the 340. Tolerable recoil, and better-than-.38 ballistics. Nice balance for this wheelgun IMO.

+1 on ammo 2 go. Good service and prices. I order quite a bit of ammo from them.
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Old January 29, 2009, 03:18 PM   #930
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A Couple of Questions

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I've settled on Remington Golden Sabre .357 as a carry load. Shoots real nice out of the 340. Tolerable recoil, and better-than-.38 ballistics. Nice balance for this wheelgun IMO.

+1 on ammo 2 go. Good service and prices. I order quite a bit of ammo from them.
Don't have the time to research at the moment, what gr on the RGS .357 you carrying?

ATG is backed up about two weeks on delivery, that's ok unless something breaks out.

When I do my range qualification for the TN CCA, I am going to see if they will let me use the 340 for short range the the 686 for the 15 yard stuff, just to get some more rounds through the 340 I think I stopped somwhere around 250 rounds with no issues so I loaded it up with the SGDFSB and there for the Grace of God go I. Clinging to my gun and my bible.
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Old January 29, 2009, 05:11 PM   #931
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what gr on the RGS .357 you carrying?
That'd be 125gr...

Last time I checked it was pretty cheap at ATG... Much cheaper than .357 Gold Dots or DPX.
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Old January 30, 2009, 01:31 PM   #932
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Wow, FAST repair service from S&W! Sent the 340 Monday, and got it back Friday.

Cryptic note reads : "Customer complaint: end shake & cylinder cramping. Repaired yoke"

The trigger stroke feels very nice now.
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Old February 2, 2009, 07:47 PM   #933
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I just ordered 500 rounds of .38 special for 132.95 and 500 rounds of 45 at 174.95 for my kimber when it arrives. I saved somewhere around 14 cents for 38 and 28 cents for 45(per round). Thanks "DAdams" for posting, I thought I'd have to order from cabelas.
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Old February 4, 2009, 05:36 PM   #934
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Bought my M&P340 after lurking on this thread for quite a while. A Crimson Trace 405 came after I took the photo. The input on this forum provided me with valuable information (warts and all). Thanks!

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Old February 6, 2009, 09:38 PM   #935
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Guys, I thought i'd get the 340 for backup, protection and a little bit of everything. It fits my hand and is small enough to take anywhere. I do have a few questions though.

I have decided that the regular M&P 340 is the one to get because I like the night sight on it. Was gonna get the laser but the gun at S&W said it's pretty useless as it's hard to find that dot in an emergency situation.

Also, I asked about the moon clips (that someone mentioned here) and was told that it will only void the warranty on the cylinder if you do the moon clip mod which by the way seemed to be a cool as hell mod.

Anyway, my hands are pretty wide and my fingers short which is why I need something with a small grip. The standard grip is too short for me but the Crimson Trace LG-305 grip with the laser is a much better fit. However, I feel I could use just a little longer grip. Is anything else out there that would fit?

Also, my local dealer gave me a price of $690 plust tax I assume. I would like to support her because she's bought stuff from me but would still like to know what the lowest price out there is.

Thanks and I would appreciate links with any replies if possible.

Also, what's the absolutely hottest load out there that the gun will safely handle for say Bear (emergency and not hunting) and is there something that will penetrate a bear skull?

By the way, Ruger just came out with a Polymer revolver in .38

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Old February 7, 2009, 10:05 AM   #936
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Dollar An Hour, repair report from S&W:

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Cryptic note reads : "Customer complaint: end shake & cylinder cramping. Repaired yoke"
Cylinder cramping Eat More Fiber.

Glad to hear the turnaround was rapid, who knows, maybe you got a free action job for the trouble.

guiri-

They may not be your ultimate and long term option for all pocket carry but certainly IWB or OWB, the Hogue Monogrips (for usually under $20 and usually available at well stocked LGS) are just the ticket.

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Was gonna get the laser but the gun at S&W said it's pretty useless as it's hard to find that dot in an emergency situation.
I say "bunk". Laser dot may be hard to find at High Noon in Tombstone, AZ but I assure you that in moderate to very low light it will serve you better than the night sights. Snubs are point and shoot, the chances you will use the sights other than at the range are slim to none. Practice point and shoot, the CTs are a great aid to this drill. Go to CTs web site and order the free DVD.

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Also, what's the absolutely hottest load out there that the gun will safely handle for say Bear (emergency and not hunting) and is there something that will penetrate a bear skull?
Bear skull? Pehaps the small guys like we have here in TN. Brown, Kodiak, Griz...note to self, get .45-70 copilot rifle.
Go to the Buffalo Bore website and read up on their .357 offerings. There are no restrictions on commercial .357 loads for the 340

1. 3 inch S&W J frame
a. Item 19A/20-180gr. Hard cast LFN = 1302 fps

Try some of this and let us know how they shoot would you please?

http://www.shootersjax.com/search.as...+Wesson&page=5

typically these guys have had the best prices, but I haven't done a detailed search lately.

They are at $640, plus, 55 transfer fee, then another fee on your end..Bud's is at $690 and this includes shipping, then you have your local transfer fees...but they are out of stock right now.
http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/i...cPath/21_39_72
They do have a 340 with that worthless CT grip (405) in stock though.

I think your local person is giving you a reasonable price based on what I am seeing.
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Old February 7, 2009, 03:44 PM   #937
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Thanks for the quick reply, anyway, this leads me to mo questions.

First, IF I get the laser as you say, then I would have to get the regular 340 and slap the crimson grip on it as the grip that comes with the 340 is too short for me.

Now, you didn't seem to like the crimson grip, what then are my other options for a laser on the gun?

Yes, the local price seems good compared to others and for a few bucks difference, I'd rather buy it from her.

On the buffalo site, how come the same load is listed with two different muzzle velocities? http://www.buffalobore.com/ammunition/default.htm#357 item #1 says 1302 and above that in the table, it says 1400?

So, I assume that as long as the gun is in ok condition, ALL the loads they sell WILL be ok?

If I DO get one, I'd be happy to comment on different loads and stuff.

How about magnaporting and how about sending it off to get someone to make me a little longer barrel for better accuracy? An inch of so more shouldn't affect the size much.

Thanks

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Old February 7, 2009, 06:15 PM   #938
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S&W may install a longer barrel for you. If not, sell it and buy a different one.

If I may, I will suggest a completely different revolver for bear protection. Besides, I cannot imagine shooting a Buffalo Bore round out of a Scandium J-frame. How well could you shoot that little gun, with those BB loads, while in an awkward field position (think backpeddling or even being on your back)? How about one-handed? It's something to think about, IMHO.
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Old February 7, 2009, 07:28 PM   #939
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See what you think.

Bear with Handgun.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=425057

Here you go.

Seems like you might be looking for something a bit different than a 340 by the time you port it. Do some searching on ported snubs, I see S&W has a couple J frames from the factory this year.

I have CT 405s on my 340 and they are a decent grip, (not great) but with the laser and correct size for my pocket carry purposes, they serve my adequately.

Do indeed try the Hogue Monogrips on a 340 or other frame size. I have them also on my 686. Lots of grip to get hold of, non slip rubber material, great padding for recoil reduction.

I'm not certain why the velocity discrepancy, but having read more in detail:

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We donít recommend this ammo to be fired in super light alloy revolvers as bullets may jump crimp under recoil, but the ammo itself wont hurt these super light weight revolvers. These revolvers are simply so light that the recoil is severe enough to cause crimp jump.
If you do try this round you may find the crimp jump locks it up. Think I would stick with something a bit lighter. As you read down, you see the caveats about the .357 load in something lighter than 16 ounces.
If you get the gun, pick up some .357 and give them a try, see if you can tolerate the recoil and if the gun jumps crimp.
Perhaps others can comment on their .357 experience.

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See thread above about a bear gun.
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Old February 7, 2009, 08:54 PM   #940
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Thanks guys. First, the bear comment was just that, a comment. I plan on one day getting some property up north but first of all,that's very iffy and second, I guess IF it happens and there IS bear around there, I can just get another gone so no worries there. I prefer something small and without a hammer but that still packs a punch.

The magnaporting would be nice I guess but again, I'm not really scared of recoil and right now, I'm 320lbs so I think I'll stay on my feet. Bottom line is, this is for emergency only and worst come, a .38 will do the trick for most emergencies.

So, no longer barrel and why not?

No magnaporting and why not?

Get the crimson grip with the laser or is there another grip WITH laster I should consider or skip the laser altogether?

The crimson fits me fine but then there is the issue of getting or not getting a laser.

Thankya

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Old February 8, 2009, 10:17 PM   #941
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Neat fix for black touch-up

I've read a number of comments on this thread about actually putting a scratch on that diamond black finish. While taking the cylinder off my 340 I (gasp!) nicked the screw head. Nasty white spot! I had an old bottle of a product made by Birchwood Casey called "Brass Black" that I thought I'd give a try. the stuff blackened the screw head nicely, so I thought, why not see what it does to a tiny blem on the gun itself. Wonder of wonders, it covered the spot and blended right in. If you have a mark on that tough finish, give Brass Black a try. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Old February 8, 2009, 11:01 PM   #942
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Welcome and thanks for the tip.

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Go to the S&W website, take a look at the revolvers by caliber and barrel length and see what you think. The Night Guard series may interest you.

As soon as you get into the longer barrels you tend to get into the stainless and blue steel revolvers and the weight goes up quickly...not that there is anything wrong with that.

I think you will find that most 340 and pd series owners like the J Frame Centennial but wanted something lighter for pocket carry.

Again,,the Hogue Monogrips are great larger lots to get a hold of and might work in a pocket carry mode for some pants, jackets, certainly OWB.
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Old February 8, 2009, 11:31 PM   #943
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Thanks but the night guard series all have exposed hammers and I don't want that.

I'm thinking the 340 with a different grip.

So, laser or not?
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Old February 9, 2009, 10:18 AM   #944
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Here are my two J Frames. 340 and 642. I have CT grips model 405 (the small ones) on both. I purchased initially for the 642 to try them out. I liked them so well that when I purchased the 340 I bought them preinstalled.

I would probably like the larger grip (CT 305) better but I pocket carry and after trying the Hogue Monogrips which are about the same length as the 305 the butt would expose from my pocket occassionally and in FL (where I lived at the time) that could be considered "brandishing".

At any rate, I can live with and do train with the the pinky under grip.

Hence, including recoil mitigation (air pocket and extra rubber on the backstrap area) with the benefit of point and shoot laser guidance, yes, I like them.
I am considering an S&W auto and would probably put them on that too.

If you go through the 642 Club thread and do a Crimson Trace "search" you will find plenty of evaluation and opinion.

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Old February 9, 2009, 10:40 AM   #945
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Old February 18, 2009, 10:01 PM   #946
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Old February 19, 2009, 04:16 PM   #947
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Anyone in the Charlotte, NC area?

So, if I decided to buy one, is there anyone in the Charlotte, NC area that would let me test shoot their 340?

Thanks

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Old February 20, 2009, 01:49 AM   #948
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Well, I finally found my dream subcompact auto.

Three guesses what I still carry 97% of the time...

Love my 340 w/CT!!!
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Old February 20, 2009, 09:36 PM   #949
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Gladd to have you stop by, we miss you. But I see you around the participant lists.

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Ok, I'll bite, what is it? Did you get a Seecamp .380 or a Rohrbaugh 9, or a PM 9?

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Love my 340 w/CT!!!
Me too. And it holds true two years later. I can't stop buying SGDSB .357. 135 gr.

Thanks for dropping in.
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Old February 21, 2009, 10:34 AM   #950
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Nah, I didn't mean a micro subcompact - for that work I do have a Ruger LCP freshly back from its recall.

After trying a Glock 27, 26, Sig P239, PX4 Storm SC, I have now settled on an HK P2000SK DA/SA 9mm.

I carry it in a CTAC and really, really like it, but I still pocket carry the 340 much more often!

I miss THR, but a new job just keeps me hopping... I read it from time to time on my Blackberry, but posting is a pain!

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