38+P or .357 ?

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  1. Hobie Dog

    Hobie Dog Member

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    Took my new SP 101 out this weekend. I didn't have a lot of time so I only got to shoot 50 rounds or so but it hit everything I pointed at just fine. Now, for some advise from some of you more experienced guys....

    There wasn't major difference in recoil between .357 and 38+P but some. For CC is it better to be able to fire off more shots faster or recover from recoil? Trying to make best choice of ammo for my carry.
     


  2. mac79912

    mac79912 Well-Known

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    Shoot some more brands of ammo thru it until you figure out which one is best for you.You do not want something too powerful.A heavy recoil will cause a delay in reaquiring the target and you do not want that.
     
  3. idleprocess

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    .357 seems to have a wider selection and better price point than .38SPL +P - probably because there are more .357 revolvers out there than .38SPL revolvers rated for +P, and a .357 revolver can handle anything that a .38SPL revolver can.
     
  4. phatcyclist

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    Check out the Speer Gold Dot low recoil/short barrel .357 rounds, I put a few of these through an aluminum/scandium .357 and was pleasantly surprised. I remember the Federal low recoil were anything but, I wouldn't recommend them in a pocket wheelgun.
     
  5. jodevilgod1

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    At 5 yards recoil shouldnt matter, unless the gun if flying back over your head after every shot!
     
  6. Hobie Dog

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    I notice that this anonymous, unsourced author is a huge fan of the largely-discredited "fast and light" theory of ballistics. The author also argues that incapacitating an attacker (without killing them) is the goal of self-defense while skirting the obvious conclusion that death is the only surefire method of incapacitation when milliseconds count.

    I completely lost interest once I came across this gem:
    If there were a date on this article perhaps I could give the guy's article some credence for being obsolete, but 147gr seems to be the sweet spot nowadays on 9mm - be it Winchester Rangers or Federal HST's. All 147gr rounds I've used or seen used have caused no problems at all in any pistols.
     

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