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Favorite 357 Mag Factory Load?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Corpral_Agarn, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Corpral_Agarn

    Corpral_Agarn Member

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    Now that I have purchased a sweet 357 Mag (vintage 586), I need to pick a box or two of some sweet 357 Mag ammo.

    Looking for a factory load that I can get off the shelf (not reloading 357 yet).

    I plan to use this for woods carry.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Jonesy814

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    I like the Federal 158gr JSP ammo or the American Eagle 158gr JSP which is the same thing. Rated at 1240fps from a 4 inch barrel I believe. Available pretty much anywhere including Walmart in my area
    My no dash 686 likes them
     
  3. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    I like Jonesy814's advice. Only thing I'd recommend is the 110 grain winchester HP load, I've gotten several one shot stops on deer with them.
     
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  4. 460Shooter

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    I've always liked 158 gr Speer HPs, but the recent Luckygunner tests did not reflect good expansion. So I'm questioning that.
     
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  6. skeeterfogger

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    Yep, the 158gn JSP
     
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    As far as I'm concerned the Federal 125gr JHP's are gold standard which others are judged by.

    I prefer 158gr, but that particular 125gr load is what made the 357 famous in LEO circles.
     
  8. 351 WINCHESTER

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    For self defense the 125 jhp as loaded by Remington & Federal are hard to beat, but muzzle blast is bad.
     
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  9. Garandimal

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    Have Four(4) primary .357 Mag. Handgun loads:

    FM 158 gr. T-FP - Range
    AE 158 gr. JSP - Woods
    HDY 158 gr. XTP-HP - Hunting/Woods
    Barnes 140 gr. XPB - Hunting




    GR
     
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  10. .455_Hunter

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    Another vote for the AE 158 gr JSP. Powerful with full penetration, plus relatively low cost with high availability.
     
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  11. Speedo66

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    For woods carry, Buffalo Bore makes a wide flat point hard cast 180g. solid which would give you serious penetration.
     
  12. 9mmepiphany

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    What I used to carry as a duty load (not even sure they make it anymore) was the Speer 140gr JHP (the cavity was a pentagon). It was much more accurate in my 4" Python, with it's faster twist, than the 158gr slugs. The slower barreled S&W seemed to stabilize the 158gr slugs better.

    There is no arguing that the 125gr JHP had a better track record of stops on the street, but it was vicious in blast and recoil...and wasn't all that accurate
     
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    That's the opposite of what one might expect. Faster twist rates seem to be better with heavier/longer bullets in rifles.


    That probably depends on the gun and bullet. The most accurate 357 factory load I've tried from my Ruger is the Remington 125 SJHP. 24 shots in under two inches at 25 yards is hard to beat.
     
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  14. HamSlamma

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    You should buy a few different brands and see what the gun likes. Shoot the one that's most accurate...…..
     
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    DoubleTap makes good ammo but my favorite .357 Magnum factories is the Winchester 145gr Silvertip ammo. My second choice would be the 158gr Speer GDHP ammo.
     
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    How do those Barnes bullets perform? Good penetration? THey hold up when they hit bone?
     
  17. Armored farmer

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    I like the 125gr jhp in my revolvers...and carbine.
     
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  18. Garandimal

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    They are energizer bunnies. Run them in my carbine as well. May lose a peddle now and then, but probably not at pistol velocities on game. At 140 gr. they are fast and hit hard, expand and retain their weight, and really burrow through.

    Spendy though. Mainly use them out West, in the Soviet Provinces.

    Very pleased w/ the XTP-HP at pistol velocities (6.5" BH).

    The AE/JSP is a good common round for both pistol and carbine, but try to put them into the off shoulder.




    GR
     
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    I see you are in Northern CA. I dont know what you mean by a sweet load. But if you are doing factory ammo only. I myself would carry 158gr semi wadcutter ammunition. It will work just fine for plinking, black bear or cougar if needed. And of course for the 2 legged dangers as well it will take care of. Federal 1st choice followed by Remington.
     
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    Anything 158gr.
     
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    I have a 357 mag with a 2.75" barrel w/a 1/18.75 twist barrel. It seems to prefer a 158gr bullets over 180 ish bullets. My carry load for camping and hiking is a 158gr Hornady XTP FP with Accurate #9 or 2400, or a 140gr XTP HP with #9. I haven't found any factory ammo that I cared for in this gun.
     
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  22. Bfh_auto

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    I'm with the try multiple brands and bullet weights people.
    I've killed one bull with a 110 jhp, so I know they work. My preferred bullet is a 158 JSP.
    Sellier&Bellot makes one that did very well for me.
    On a side note, doesn't CA mandate non lead bullets now?
     
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  23. CajunBass

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    The only factory 357's I've ever bought was American Eagle 158 GSP.

    They did a good job on the B-27. :)
     
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  24. 9mmepiphany

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    Not that I've heard. Where did you read that?
     
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