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My EDC is a snubnose 357. Opinions on best SD ammo?

Discussion in 'General Firearms & Ammo' started by iGun_TX, Jul 12, 2018 at 10:59 PM.

  1. iGun_TX

    iGun_TX New Member

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    Yes, I know there are better guns, but for my specific day to day activities (and need for deep concealment), I have gone from carrying a subcompact 9mm daily, to having a 2" snubnose as a backup...but now my backup has become my main gun and my 9 is usually my backup.

    Anyway, back to my original question..does anyone have any opinions on the best ammo for self defense in this type of gun?

    I'll be perfectly honest, I don't trust several of the "premium" brands. Am I the only one who puts this much thought into this?

    Some of the premium hollow points I've seen gel tests on YouTube, you might as well be shooting a FMJ for half the price. Zero expansion, over penetration, etc...Needless to say, if I am ever faced with a threat in real life, I need better results than that.

    Granted, I understand that YouTube gel tests are only as reliable as the person making the video, among other factors.

    But for example one brand that I just do not feel confident with at all anymore, is pretty much anything by Federal (Hydra-Shok, etc..). I've seen enough to know that this is simply not a good option for me in any caliber.

    I have been carrying 38+P in Remington Golden Sabre for about a year now, but am having a hard time finding those in quantities less than a few hundred in that caliber. I switch out my carry ammo usually at the end of each summer.

    So I'll probably be switching to Critical Defense in 357 in a few months.

    But to be honest, I don't know if it is worth it to carry a magnum caliber in a snubnose, because you are not going to get anywhere near magnum velocities in a revolver less than 4". I'd rather stick with 38+P, if possible.

    Speer Gold Dot is usually my go-to for any self defense ammo but I can NOT find it anywhere in 38+P.

    Yes, I sit around pondering things like this for days at a time haha.

    Pretty sure there are other threads on this, so feel free to point me in the direction.
     


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    I carry Barnes 125gr TAC-XP in my Model 60.

    Regarding the .357 vs .38 in a snubbie debate, take a look at Paul Harrell's video:
     
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    I carry the .38sp +P Buffalo Bore 158gr semi wadcutters- sure hope they'll work :)
     
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    I carry a S@W 686 plus 7 shot 357! I use Remington 125 Grain Jacketed Hallow Points! I also like Federal Personal Defense 158 grain JHP! Hornady has some good stuff as well!! There may be better guns but the reliability and firepower of a magnum revolver is a huge sense of security for me personally! Good Luck sir!!
     
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    ZX9RCAM Over the Rainbow bridge... TGT Supporter

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    Can't hardly beat a 686....
     
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    While I agree with your assessment that you won’t be getting Magnum velocities from a snubby, I don’t understand your reasoning for using anything slower. Let’s look at it this way. Instead of 357 Magnum velocities, you’ll be getting 38 +p or 38 spcl velocities out of your revolver. If you start with 38 +p ammo, you can expect to drop to 38 spcl velocities or maybe even lower.
     
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    Paul doesn't shoot ballistic gel, which is why I like his reviews. He shoots meat targets which much more simulate shooting a body of any animal than the gel does.
     
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  10. iGun_TX

    iGun_TX New Member

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    Wow, thanks for all the feedback. I didn't think I'd formulated my questions very well, but I think I got all the answers I was looking for.

    Mine is a 2.25" Ruger SP101.
     


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