357 and 38 special Ammo Recommendations
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    357 and 38 special Ammo Recommendations

    I just purchased a 686 4" 357 and would like to get recommendations from the forum on type of ammo to shoot just for target shooting. The 357 is pretty "stout" for me so I am changing to 38 special on occasion (and cleaning well after every outing). Any recommendations on these two types of rounds is appreciated - there are so many variations, my head is spinning - LRN, WC, JSP, SP, etc...

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    Re: 357 and 38 special Ammo Recommendations

    For target shooting or just plinking, it really doesn't matter. Use what ever you prefer and/or is cheapest. Different loads will shoot to different points of impact but that is negated in the 686 by the adjustable sights. Myself, as a reloader, a rarely vary from a hardcast 158 grain semiwadcutter (SWC) or a 148 grain wadcutter (WC).

    Just be sure to thoroughly clean the cylinder chambers once you are done firing 38 special. They are a bit shorter than 357 and you can get a carbon buildup in the chambers that if not cleaned, can make it difficult to load and extract the 357 rounds.

    If you are looking for a light factory load, check in to the 38 special cowboy loads offered by several manufacturers.
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    Re: 357 and 38 special Ammo Recommendations

    SWC- 158 gr.Semi-wadcutters are perfect for anything , in my opinion. For target they cut a nice clean hole, but they are also good for deep penetration for hunting. I like them as an all around bullet. The .38/.357 is the perfect all around caliber. I like "all around", useful in any situation, type of things.....as is refected in my small arms collection....of useful guns.....in useful calibers. Pracitical Bob rides again!!!!
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    Re: 357 and 38 special Ammo Recommendations

    Thanks for your feedback. The forum has been very helpful on every post I've made so far - great information for a revolver newbie.

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    Re: 357 and 38 special Ammo Recommendations

    I agree with Shaun/Forester. Cheapest that shoots well in your firearm. If .357 Magnum is getting stout the Winchester 110 grain JHP is pretty easy shooting, and so are the midrange and short barrel loads in that caliber.
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