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The 130 might be a little quicker in the velocity department. The 158 would have more mass, for a little deeper penetration. I also carry in the woods for protection, so I would choose the heavier bullet (158). Bob
 

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For self defense I personally prefer the 158 gr. in .38/.357's.

But...will stick to my standard response for this question...

"Carry what you shoot the best in your gun."
 

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Bob,
I think that's why gun forums exist in the first place, isn't it? To exchange information and opinions and ask questions?
 

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How about a 38 +p 129gn Hydra shok? :D Sorry, I had to add more confusion didn't I!

The lighter the bullet the faster it will go. So to maintain velocity (if you desire this) then choose a lighter bullet. Moon likes the old police load, which he is accustomed too.
There is no wrong answer. A bullet will only work if placed on target at the right spot. A 500 mag miss won't save you, but a 22 in his eye will stop the fight...

Remember, a 357 is going to ring your ears big time.

Anybody's got popcorn :mrgreen:
 

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Either one should work great. .357 is a potent caliber with either weight. I agree with the advice to load what you shoot best and practice. I have heard of anybody, criminals included, that wanted to get shot with any bullet. ;)
 

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My primary is a Gov't model in 45acp but, my 66 snub is loaded with 357 equivelent to the FBI-load, a Speer 158LSWCHP at 950fps. It'll put an eye out!
 

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Yep. 158 grain will do the trick. Haven't shot any of the 130 grain, but I have fired a lot of the 125 Federal out of my duty issued model 66 4 " and they were kinda of snappy.
 
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