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Old 06-30-2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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What's your choice for snubbie PD ammo?

Just bought a S&W 637 for ccw. Curious as to what ammo you all are using for PD in your snubbies.
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Old 07-01-2017, 04:12 AM   #2
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For my Smith 642 I use 140 gr JHP over 6.0 gr of Power Pistol handloads. They should be moving @ 950 fps. For the SP101 (357 mag) I use Buffalo Bore 38 Spl +P 158 gr LSWC-HP/GC's. They are plus P rated but are like a 357 mag light. The 158 gr hunk of soft lead chrony's an average of 1,037 fps out of my 2 1/4" SP.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:54 AM   #3
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My SP101 gets .38 Special Hornady 125 grain XTP. Rated 900 fps and 225 ft lbs of energy with a 4 inch barrel, so my 2.25 inch would lose a little.

I've read several tests where it's down to about 850 / 200 in a 2 inch barrel. At seven yards penetration is about 8 inches, and expands to .45. Not great performance, but not a bad compromise. Too much expansion hurts penetration, and vice-versa. Eight inches is about right.

Too many extol the virtues of .357 for SD. I think it's too likely to pass through your intended target, or a wall, and hit someone else.

I practice with Federal 130 gr FMJ. I get the same POA and POI as the XTP.

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ran across this testing.......yep, i know, more jello and jeans.....but still found it interesting.

They tested a lot of various 38 special and 357 magnum loads and ran them thru 2" and 4" barrels. Also a nice touch was the photographs of the recovered bullets for each load. Click on the pics to enlarge. Some of those bullets looked almost pristine and could be reloaded again.

the article also goes into some other aspects and since you are shooting an air weight, recoil will definately be a consideration......which is why my wife's snub is loaded with target wadcutters. while i have 125 gr remingtons on board..

i use to run 38 +p 158 LSWCHP across the board in my snubs......but have changed. They were too rodeo to hang on to anyways as i get older.

http://www.luckygunner.com/labs/revo...istics-test/8/

anyways........some very interesting pics.the article was more directed at the 38 vs 357 argument.......but still informative.

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......... since you are shooting an air weight, recoil will definately be a consideration......which is why my wife's snub is loaded with target wadcutters. while i have 125 gr remingtons on board...
Plus one.

Recoil is worse with lighter guns, and with heavier bullets, so I went with 125 gr .38 in my .357 LCR. The LCR is gone, but I'm keeping my XTPs. The heavier SP makes the recoil even nicer. Shoots lower, but that's not hard to compensate for.
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If that's your load BC then take a little off the front sight and cold blue it. My SP was shooting 158 gr 357's low at 25 so I took off a little and it brought it up close enough. At 7 yards it was tough to tell it was low.
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I've never bothered with filing front sights. It's only good at one distance, so you have to compensate for other ranges anyway. At 30 feet with my SP, base of neck aim gets me center of chest hit. About six inches off. If I filed for that, the blade would be gone.......... At 60 feet, I'm only about 3 inches low. My ex-LCR did the same.

I normally shoot my Bearcats at about 60 feet. A twelve o'clock hold gets me right with them.

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You only need minute of crack head. Just keep squeezing until you don't see anything standing.
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You only need minute of crack head. Just keep squeezing until you don't see anything standing.
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You only need minute of crack head. Just keep squeezing until you don't see anything standing.
I think those new guns are making you a bit feisty.........
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Remington Golden Saber HPJ 38+P (GS38SB) 125 grain.
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