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    Ammo Recommendations for my new .357?

    I just acquired my first handgun, a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum Revolver (Pro Series). I have always been a long gun man so this is a big step in my gun owning career! I am wondering if anyone can recommend what ammo I should use? There was a lot to pick from at the gun shop and I didn’t know what would be the best.

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    target/range or self defense? no real reason to stay away from any commercial ammo - your gun will eat it all..

    I personally like the hornady branded defense ammo - I have a case of their 125 gr hollow point xtp, shoot it in my 19 snub and couple of other 357s.

    for target I like to use fmj - 158 grain if I can find it, but mostly anything goes..

    no real reason to run lead round nose or even jacketed soft points in a modern 357 unless you are reloading or hunting.. although it will certainly digest them..

    you can also run 38 +P in it if you want a bit less of a thump, I run that in the smaller frames..
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    Any 357 will be fine. Any 38spl as well. However there are better options for self defense but as far as function. ...as long as it says 357 mag or 38 special you're good to go

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    Which Pro series 357 did you get? They make 2 different 686 models as well as a model 60, 640 and 627, all in the Pro series. Which gun you have could influence which ammo you select. The 60 and 640 are 23oz J-frames which will have significant recoil with full house loads and the 627 is a 41oz N-frame which would be quite pleasant to shoot even with some fairly hot ammo. What would be the purpose of the ammo? I wouldn't spend the money on self defense ammo to make holes in paper.
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    Thats a sweet 686 and is capable of handling any 357 ammo out there. I prefer 158gr jacketed ammo in my 686.

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    I prefer 158 grain ammo in .38 special and .357. Just my personal preference. For .38 Special personal defense I like Hornady 110 grain FTX. I don't buy any specific .357 personal defense ammo, just 158 grain jacketed hollow points. Just what I prefer.

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    I would try a variety of different loads from a range of manufacturers and find what you like the best and what your revolver works best with.
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    Just ordered mine today. Can't wait, good luck!
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    What ammunition you are going shoot and how much you will shoot is to a certain existent of how deep are your pockets or if you have the capability to reload. I use to consume substantial amounts of W296 and W231 in the reloading of 357Mag and 38Spl equivalent loads in my examples of the M19, M27, M28 and M66. I never really got into the L-frame series of revolvers.


 
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