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I just bought a snubnose .357 Magnum and was planning on using Federal 125 grain jacketed hollow points, but I then read that that ammunition was overkill in a revolver with a barrel shorter than 4". Can anyone shed some light on this topic as to its' validity, and maybe suggest what ammunition would be best for self defense? The revolver is an
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Get some 38 special and shot those. 357 packs a wallop and is a real wrist twister. Try some 357 and see what feels right. The 357 is by some measures the best man stopper but you have to be able to handle it or it will do you no good. 9mm is kinda close to 38 SPL and stops a lot of bad guys. 125, 158, 148 really makes little difference at 10 feet.
 

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I have 2 38 specials. I'll try the .357 125 gr. I've read for years that it is the best man stopper. Thanks.
 

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here is an older thread discussion......with a link to "Lucky Gunner" testing with pics of the 38 vs 357 thru 2" and 4" barrels.

std gel/jean testing with some interesting results. https://www.nationalgunforum.com/revolver-discussions/107258-38-special-vs-357-2-inch-vs-4-inch-testing.html

the 357 is hard on the gun as well as the shooter..........and my magnum days are behind me so i stay with the 38... .currently carrying winchester pdx1.....subject to change when i run out eventually...probably will go back to the remington golden sabre since i was gifted some recently.......i like to ask for ammo for my birthday and Christmas......then again, if they give me Hornady or Federal then i would likely eventually carry that as well.

once upon a time i use to be very brand and load specific loyal.........the 38 Federal Nyclad 125 gr hp.......been out of production for years......
 

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Two choices, use 38 special safety ammo, or ditch those boot grips and get a real handle on that thing. Companies like Altamont have larger grips, which make shooting .357
almost fun. Almost . . .
 

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No 125 magnums in a snub for me; my wrist yells NO!
 

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Hollow points are speed dependent. I love my Ruger snub nose and used a lot of different cartridges. Paul Harrel is one other very good commentator on youtube and does a great job with 357 Magnum, 38 Specials, and 9mm testing and comparison. I've been using 135gr Speer Gold Dots short barrel or the 125gr Remington's GS 357 Magnums now for a long time, for my carry cartridges. The Gold Dots have less recoil.




My thoughts on the vid...the guy above I never really relied on his findings seeing he is based and has admitted to it in some vids. The 9mm gr for gr with the 357 magnum is not pretty much identical like he says or is it a "lot" louder and recoil is subjective. You wont "probably get about the same ballistic performance out of a 9mm" gr for gr. Loudness like I said is not very much if at all noticeable 164 avg for 357 and 159 avg for 9mm. Anything over 85 90 will damage hearing so his point is mute imo. And here is another super hero flash talking about split micro seconds to get back on target after firing a shot. I only see fan bois play with this notion like its the end all of all arguments. A ten of a sec faster? Are people really going to stand there while shooting firmly believing the target will not move and will not shoot back? I'll leave that up for people to talk of.

Sorry for the semi rant. Just I'm tired of these pointless caliber fan bois making up excuses - not towards the OP or nyone here, the guy in the vid. If you like your cartridge and firearm then shoot it. Train with it, practice with it, get to know your cartridge and firearm. Is one cartridge better then the other (357 vs 9)? Yes and no. Power wise, definitely the 357 Magnum. Capacity wise, definitely the 9mm (though some pocket 9's do have five, six, seven, or eight rounds). What one can handle and shoot accurately, depends on the shooter.


 

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I still carry 38 Nycad hp in summer and +p semi wads in cold weather or the +p 125 jhp/sjhp in all 38 snubs
And carry any 125 jhp/ sjhp 357mag in the 357 mag snubs.I try to avoid.any.ammo in boxes of 20 to 25 rds as a general rule.
 
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