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Posted: 1/10/2006 3:02:27 PM EDT
I took My GP100 with me elk hunting this past weekend and had some thoughts when I saw my stand by ammo for it was 125 grain Hydrashocks. Not only is the ammo kind of outdated, its not very universal either. If I wanted a factory JHP for all around use, hunting or defensive what would it be? I use Gold dot 124+P in my 9MM, and 230 Rangers in my .45's. It has been forever since I bought factorys for my .357 revolvers. Whats out there? Whats best all around?
Link Posted: 1/10/2006 4:02:19 PM EDT
Heavier grain would be better for 4 legged animals, 158 or 180 grain. I would probably also use a jsp. I like 125 grain ammo for a self defense round (jhp). I have american eagle 158 grain ammo for when I am in the woods. 125 grain Rem GS for defense.
Link Posted: 1/11/2006 5:41:28 PM EDT
I like the Winchester 110gr Magnum JHP's. Box of 50 is around $12.
Very controlable & accurate out of my 4" 686.
Link Posted: 1/16/2006 5:26:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 9:10:28 PM EDT by Unicorn]
For people just about any 125 grain JHP or SJHP (semi jacketed hollowpoint, they look like a softpoint that has a hollowpoint), or maybe the Win 110, when I'm being a pussy about the recoil, as the 110's are easy to shoot.

I'd use someting heavier and deeper for animals. The 158's, or maybe a 180. Depends on what I was worried about. Couger/mountain lion would still be a 125 grn HP, deer a 180 soft point.
Link Posted: 1/17/2006 3:16:55 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/18/2006 5:18:20 PM EDT
Geez man, total no brainer. The 125 grain 357 semi jacketed hollow point has been the most effective fight stopper for one Hell of a long time. Use Remington or Federal, they are equally good. I run the Rems in my Ruger SP101 and they are accurate as Hell too!!! If I could pick only one round, this would be it!!
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:37:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By seeyouinvalhalla:
Geez man, total no brainer. The 125 grain 357 semi jacketed hollow point has been the most effective fight stopper for one Hell of a long time. Use Remington or Federal, they are equally good. I run the Rems in my Ruger SP101 and they are accurate as Hell too!!! If I could pick only one round, this would be it!!


I vote the same. 125 Grain, semi jacketed HP does just about everything, although, it's not the best for big critters. My opinion is if you gotta face them, you need a larger caliber.
For everything else, from rabbits, men, coyotes, deer, mountain lions and the like, 125 grainers !
Link Posted: 1/31/2006 11:30:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gunmonkey:

Originally Posted By seeyouinvalhalla:
Geez man, total no brainer. The 125 grain 357 semi jacketed hollow point has been the most effective fight stopper for one Hell of a long time. Use Remington or Federal, they are equally good. I run the Rems in my Ruger SP101 and they are accurate as Hell too!!! If I could pick only one round, this would be it!!


I vote the same. 125 Grain, semi jacketed HP does just about everything, although, it's not the best for big critters. My opinion is if you gotta face them, you need a larger caliber.
For everything else, from rabbits, men, coyotes, deer, mountain lions and the like, 125 grainers !



Is this what you guys are talking about?

357 MAGNUM 125 GRAIN J.H.P.
BEST 357 ON THE MARKET FEDERAL MANUFACTURE ( 357B )

www.ammoman.com/webstore_357.htm
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 7:25:45 AM EDT
Yep, that's the stuff. Apparently, Federal now calls it the" Hi-Shok" hollowpoint instead of "semi-jacketed". They have used that term for the 9mm stuff for 20+ years, I guess they figure it works for revolvers, too.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 2:19:21 PM EDT
I really like the 125gr hornady XTP loaded right at the max load level for my Ruger Security Six.
Of course it ain't for everybody, flames shoot out the barrel and the sides, a thunderous boom and a pretty nasty kick. Not something I want to shoot all day but I am damn sure it will work fine if needed.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 5:13:15 PM EDT
Most 125gr .357 loads will have a bit more energy/velocity out of a 2" revolver than

9mm standard loads have out of a 4" auto.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 5:57:59 PM EDT
158gr JSP
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 6:38:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GaryM:
I really like the 125gr hornady XTP loaded right at the max load level for my Ruger Security Six.
Of course it ain't for everybody, flames shoot out the barrel and the sides, a thunderous boom and a pretty nasty kick. Not something I want to shoot all day but I am damn sure it will work fine if needed.




pics!!!! whats the matter with you!?!? tease


appetizer:
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 7:01:41 PM EDT
General carry 125jhp.
I have to go the other way if you are hunting,I like the deep sure penetration of a 158gr lead semi-wadcutter (kieth type) cast bullet. Hopefully you have a 6" or at least 4" to get full power.
Check your sights at different ranges as going from a 125 to a 158 is going to shift your impact a bunch.
Link Posted: 2/3/2006 8:12:10 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/5/2006 1:53:22 PM EDT
Speer makes a 158 Gold Dot, that is what I keep in my Python for "all-around" duty. Don't know how well the Gold Dot would penetrate versus a soft point or hard cast.

Nick
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 4:26:14 PM EDT
Speer gold dots are some of the best Gen 4 HP available. I also tend to carry the 158 grn GD when I'm carrying a .357. For hunting or dangerous critters like mountain lions I think a 180 grn Hornady XTP might be a better choice though.
Link Posted: 2/12/2006 4:40:01 PM EDT
Federal Hydrashocks with 158 gr bullet and 125 gr hollow points.
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