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Posted: 7/21/2005 3:11:17 AM EDT
How much energy is lost using a 2"?
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 3:34:59 AM EDT
some, but now I believe that speer makes a gdhp specificially for the 2" barrel, supposed to help alot.

TXL
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 4:59:13 AM EDT
Why are you concerned with energy loss?
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 5:35:06 AM EDT
HUH? I'd like to know the real energy coming out of a 2".
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 7:28:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/21/2005 7:28:33 AM EDT by TxLewis]
from the speer website, the 125 gr gdhp from a 4" barrel

vel 1450 fps (muzzle vel.) energy 583 ftlbs energy

from the 2", using the short barreled designed bullet

135 gr bullet

vel 990 fps, and 294 ft lbp energy.

for reverence, the 124 gr 9mm, non +p gdhp from 4" barrel

1150 fps, and 364 ft lbs.

Hope this helps


BTW, the 2" version of the GDHP was SPECIFICALLY DEVELOPED for the short barrel to operate correctly, and open correctly.


TXL
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 10:03:57 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MeatGrinder:
HUH? I'd like to know the real energy coming out of a 2".



Why? Energy is a meaningless measure of a bullets ability to do damage.

TxLewis has pointed out two rounds for use from a 2" barrel. The 125 gr. full house load will most likely penetrate less deeply than the far less "powerful" 135. gr. load. Choose the latter, or the 180 gr. Winchester Partition Gold, and you will be fine.

Don't worry about energy. Bullet design is far more important than energy levels.
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 11:08:17 AM EDT
I say BS.
What the heck do we even have a 357 Magnum for? Why not just shoot a 38? The 125 JHP from a MAGNUM has always been one of the TOP fight stoppers. Why? Cuz its going fast. Sure, bullet design means a lot. But 20 years ago there wasn't a bunch of fancy JHPs out, and the friggin 357 Magnum still worked.
Higher energy is part of the formula.
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 11:15:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MeatGrinder:
I say BS.
What the heck do we even have a 357 Magnum for? Why not just shoot a 38? The 125 JHP from a MAGNUM has always been one of the TOP fight stoppers. Why? Cuz its going fast. Sure, bullet design means a lot. But 20 years ago there wasn't a bunch of fancy JHPs out, and the friggin 357 Magnum still worked.
Higher energy is part of the formula.



Yes, the .357 Magnum is the KING!!
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 11:38:12 AM EDT
Are you asking as a prelude to purchasing a 2" .357 J Frame Smith? If so please try before you buy.

They are pretty friggin' frisky to shoot. Especially to attempt to shoot well. The scandium ones are particularly snot flying fun in the recoil department. +one pull of the trigger = followed by once the pain subsides.

Best to you,
Cheesebeast
Link Posted: 7/21/2005 6:06:16 PM EDT
If you want lots of recoil, muzzle blast and flash, while gaining nothing over a .38 +P in return, then, by all means go with .357. If you want controllability, easier follow-up shots and good performance, go with a proven winner: the .38 158gr LSWCHP +P.

The Speer round shows promise...the above mentioned load, sometimes referred to the "FBI load" or the "Chicago police load" is a proven performer out of short barrels.
Link Posted: 7/22/2005 6:08:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/22/2005 7:19:37 PM EDT
YAHOO! Someone finally answered the question correctly.
Link Posted: 7/25/2005 11:43:54 AM EDT
I have one, a Taurus 605. I dont know how much energy is lost, but shooting .357 in it isnt fun. I recommend a .38 that is +P rated.

If you insist, shoot it before buying.
Link Posted: 7/31/2005 6:38:17 PM EDT
My SW 640 is a fantastic little gun and full house .357's are not to punishing at all out of it. You know something big just happened but its not bad. Good thread, was curious of this myself.
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