Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by dog gone it, Mar 26, 2016.
A few other revolver cartridges interchange as well. Wheelguns don't care so much about cartridge length like auto loaders do.
Just curious, what were your concerns with shooting .38 Special ammo in a .357 Magnum?
I was thinking of buying a LCR .357 and practice with .38 ammo but carry it with Self Defense ammo load for .357
I did recently however notice the price increase for the .357 compared to .38 so Im thinking about just going with the .38 from the beginning as this will work just fine.
The .357 has a heavier frame than the .38, to accommodate the additional power.
Remember, when it comes to recoil, weight is your friend.
I loaded up a Ruger Security Six last week with three 38s and 3 357s so I could let someone see the difference in the two. They knew what was coming on the 4th round but were still surprised at the difference in recoil and that's a pretty heavy gun.
It's a little lighter than I'd prefer for alot of magnum usage. In the past I used a 686 and currently a 627 for my heavy loads.
Although I may work up a warm 158gr SWC Magun load for deer in it and use it as my back up deer pistol to my 5" 629. Maybe.
I should have mentioned that this weapon will be carried by my wife in her purse.
Ever fire a short barreled .357 without hearing protection? Very rough on the senses.
Sounds smart to me.
Im getting closer to a half-way educated purchase.
For carry off the body, I'd think a model 60 (stainless steel 5 shot, fixed sighted J frame) with grips picked for comfort not concealment would be just the ticket.
Heavy enough to help dampen recoil, big enough stocks to help control it through the muzzle flip and should still be small enough to disappear in all but small clutch purses.
Too light of a gun with too small of grips can be pretty harsh to some shooters.
I hope no one fires any gun (except in a defense situation) without hearing protection! I put foam earplugs in when I go hunting. That .30-06 is brutal on the ears without protection. I have tinnitus now. Most likely from not using hearing protection when younger and dumber. My ears ring constantly.
Earlier this month I acquired this new Model 60 (-15). I installed a Hogue Monogrip, but didn't like how bulky it was so I swapped the factory S&W rubber grip back on the gun, then shot it with .38 Special, .38 Special +P and .357 Magnum loads. The gun felt good in my hands with all loads, if a bit snappy. I've settled on a .38 +P defensive load; either the Remington or the Speer. They both shoot to the same POI (as well as can be expected, offhand).
I'm fortunate that in my regional market (the heavily restricted Los Angeles) to have found these two cartridges available.
Offhand, target placed to 7 yds. 30 rounds of .38 Special +P Remington SJHP and Speer GDHP to the head, 5 rounds .357 ball to the body
I mainly target shoot a 5" steel Springfield 1911, with a Kimber Ultra CDP II serving as a carry gun (where allowed, out of town) and purchased the Model 60 at first as a plinker, only to dispose of a mountain of .38 my Marlin 1894CS357 won't digest... but now I have another backup gun.
Just wanted to post that I too use a .357 to shoot .38s. It's nothing new.
If I had one pistol to handle "everything short of deer hunting" it might be one of those. They seem so handy and versatile.
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