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Posted: 4/18/2016 5:51:21 PM EDT
What's your go-to defensive load? I'm looking for a good defensive load for my Colt MKIII 2.5" snub.
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What's your go-to defensive load? I'm looking for a good defensive load for my Colt MKIII 2.5" snub.
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158 grain gold dots.

In a barrel that short you are probably better off with the gold dot 135gr 38 spl +P.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 5:59:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:00:15 PM EDT
140 grain xtp.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:00:29 PM EDT
Reloads with Speer gold dots
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:00:51 PM EDT
.38 Special
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:01:23 PM EDT
38 special +p can't recall what grain bullet but I think around 150 grains.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:02:55 PM EDT
In that barrel length I would consider using .38 spl +P, maybe even the Gold Dot short barrel .38's.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:04:14 PM EDT
38 special.



Them 357s make my head hurt!
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:06:10 PM EDT
reloads with 158gr XTP
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:08:34 PM EDT
I like 158gr Gold Dots, magnums in larger guns and 38+p in smaller guns like yours.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:09:31 PM EDT
I load my bullets backwards; been doing it since W W 1.  Then I aim for the crotch.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:13:05 PM EDT
Timely subject!  I just picked up a S&W Model 19 Saturday.  I was looking for a Kahr PM9 or CM9 and saw this beauty in the case.  Can't wait to shoot it, I love old revolvers.  Thanks for the ammo suggestions!
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:15:11 PM EDT
180 grain Buffalo Bore .357 is definitely the way to go.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:16:33 PM EDT
Gold dots.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:18:09 PM EDT
I have a Rossi 357 Magnum R92 and Winchester 357 Magnum Model 94, and for those rifles I use American Eagle 158 grain jacketed soft point. I also have a Winchester 357 Magnum 1873, out of which I shoot only .38 Special; Winchester 130 grain full metal jacket.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:20:12 PM EDT
Hornady Critical Defense 125gr for 357 - when I fill it with 357.  In a 2" bbl you get 1200 advertised fps.

BUT, I stopped carrying 357 in a snub because if you look at the ballistics, you are already deading them good enough with 38 Special +P with FAR less blast (potential for hearing damage in a closed room), and quicker time to second shot.

I use 125gr 38 Spec+P all the time now.  Comparing velocities, they list Critical Defense 125gr 38Spec+P at 1090 in 4" so it will be about 1000 in a 2".  Plenty of dead and you won't permanently lose your hearing.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:22:02 PM EDT
Fed nyclad 38+p 158 swc-hp
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:31:15 PM EDT
Federal 125 grain Jacketed Hollow Points, 357.
 
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 6:33:57 PM EDT
I've been stuck on the .357 magnum 125 grain hollow points since 1981 or 82.  Got some in my Ruger Speed Six 2&3/4" on top of the clothes cabinet as I type this.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:22:36 PM EDT
The gold standard.

125grn JSP.

Probably would use something different for a short barrel, though. Mine has a 6" barrel, so I'm not going to lose any speed.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:23:41 PM EDT
Mainly because I still have half of box left, and because I do not normally carry a .357 revolver, I would use Winchester Silvertips.

Though in a shorter barrel gun, the people using .38 +ps do have a good point.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:24:40 PM EDT
http://www.bulkammo.com/bulk-357-mag-ammo-357mag158grjsppmc-50
Got a good deal on it and it goes bang.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:26:20 PM EDT
Remington 125gr JHP.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:26:56 PM EDT
.38 Special +P of some flavor or another.

I don't like the muzzle rise and flash of full house .357 Magnum in a short barrel.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:33:50 PM EDT
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Hey Elmer, they gots fancy open tipped bullets now.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:43:33 PM EDT
I carry 125 grain Gold Dots in mine, but none of them are shorter than 4 inch barrels.



For your gun, I'd look for and carry the 135 grain Short Barrel Gold Dots.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:46:40 PM EDT
125 Gr Gold Dot in 38 spl +P
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:51:11 PM EDT
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158 grain gold dots.

In a barrel that short you are probably better off with the gold dot 135gr 38 spl +P.
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What's your go-to defensive load? I'm looking for a good defensive load for my Colt MKIII 2.5" snub.


158 grain gold dots.

In a barrel that short you are probably better off with the gold dot 135gr 38 spl +P.


I don't often carry my Ruger SP101, but when I do it's loaded with the 135gr 38 spl +P Gold Dots.

Anything in .357 through that gun, and after the first round I'd just as soon throw the gun at the target.  Granted, since it is a SP101, the gun might do as much damage as the bullet would.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:51:57 PM EDT
I carry 180 gr Federal Power-Shok in a 4" S&W M28.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:52:07 PM EDT
whatever is cheapest to punch a hole in paper
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:54:28 PM EDT
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In a snub, if you miss, they will likely be blinded and/or singed from the muzzle blast.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 7:56:59 PM EDT
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.38 Special +P of some flavor or another.

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Dude, you are losing the flame thrower effect then...
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:21:33 PM EDT
125 grain Remington  HP is always the answer for a defense load in .357 Magnum.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:40:17 PM EDT
Ted Nugent 125gr UHP. The box alone causes liberals to drop in their tracks.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:40:59 PM EDT
Ted Nugent 125gr UHP. The box alone causes liberals to drop in their tracks.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:47:50 PM EDT
.44 magnum
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:49:18 PM EDT
If you were half a man, you'd use .308 in your .357. Candy-Ass.

Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:51:09 PM EDT
Black Talons
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^This^ Although I would say Handloads because I often use new brass.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 8:54:29 PM EDT
Gold Dot Short Barrel 357. Carry them in a SP101 with a 2 1/2" barrel, or a S&W model 65 with a 3" barrel.

The 357 load is driven a little faster than the 38 short barrel load, but not much. Some tests have seen the bullets on the 357 load come apart. Speculation is that since they are both 135 grains, that it might be the same bullet. But, a couple of sources say that isn't the case.
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This man speaks the truth.

 
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This.  Very hot.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 9:03:46 PM EDT
158 grain Sierra JHC over a stiff dose of H110, in new Remington brass. man, those bastards are loud
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 9:09:21 PM EDT
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There are a lot of gel test videos on youtube these days. Since conditions vary it pays to watch as many of them as you can find before choosing your defensive load.

As far as what you recommend goes…



And in a shorter barrel



So I’m not saying you have the best answer, but the 125 grain Remington load is a very good answer.

My choice is the 125 grain Gold Dot on account of that’s what I have and it’s a real good load too. If and when I go to buy more ammo for my .357 I would happily get that Remington load. Of course there are probably a half dozen other loadings that are just as good.
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Speer 357 Gold Dot Short Barrel is the answer you seek. [End thread].
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 9:13:30 PM EDT
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What's your go-to defensive load? I'm looking for a good defensive load for my Colt MKIII 2.5" snub.
158 grain gold dots.

In a barrel that short you are probably better off with the gold dot 135gr 38 spl +P.
This.  A .357 load can't use it's full potential in such a short barrel.
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Another vote for that.
Link Posted: 4/18/2016 9:21:08 PM EDT
Gold Dots.  I think I have a bunch of old HydraShoks around too.
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