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.357 DPX Questions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Robert B, Apr 23, 2014.

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  1. Robert B

    Robert B Member

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    First, with Corbon 125 grain DPX being so popular, I am surprised there are no gel tests on youtube.

    Second, which is better? 125 gr or 140 gr X bullets out of a snub?

    Thx
     
  2. redbullitt

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    I like the heavier weights in shorter barrels.

    Speer makes an excellent 135g short barrel bullet. The front is VERY open. It looks like a flying trashcan. If you want some sort of expansion from a snub that is where I would look.
     
  3. lefty60

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    I've shot lotsa' .357's in 2 1/2", 4", and 6". I prefer a 140gr. HP in what ever brand.

    I've shot a lot'a critters with the above and I see no practical difference (inside of 25 yrds) in expansion between 2 1/2", 4", or 6" barrels. A 140gr. HP works very well indeed.

    Not to heavy, not to light a 140 will get you through the night. (sorry could not resist) :D
     
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    I don't have an answer for you regarding the Corbon ammo. I use 140 grain XTP bullets at the moment, but I have started to transition to the 158 version. I also agree with Redbullitt about the Speer bullets. Very open design, when you can find them.
     
  5. Tony_the_tiger

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    I talk about the 140 Buffalo-Barnes XPB load a bit in this thread:

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=729484

    It is the same Barnes bullet as used in several 140 grain .357 mag XPB offerings. I don't think the DPX line uses the 140 grain bullet. However, you might make a direct comparison to the Barnes VOR-TX load of the same bullet, which is advertised at <1200 ft/s out of a 4" barrel. The BB version I talk about matches these velocities out of a 2.25" barrel. Federal loads it hotter. Buffalo has a hotter version as well, but I like the reduced velocity low flash version.

    I prefer this load to the 125 grain bullet, and believe it will do well in a snub if you are looking for penetration and expansion > 16".

    Barnes will tell you that this load, as with all the XPB line, was engineered for hunting purposes. It is my belief that this is a branding decision. It should be useful for a variety of purposes, but would not be my first choice for hunting.

    It shoots a couple inches high in my Sp101, but is more controllable than the 125 grain .357 version.

    A couple videos with the 140:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAAYUIbAMgw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l6vrb4Z-Lk

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