These days some so-called 357 Magnum ammunition is downloaded due to the proliferation of tiny, lightweight revolvers like the S&W J-frames. You could use that sort of load or any 38 Special +P.
For anything you’re considering, go to the manufacturers’ web sites and see what they claim for muzzle velocity and bullet weight. It used to be that 38 +P was a real step down in power from anything labeled 357, but although there are still full power 357 loads available, the way to tell is to look at the factory ballistics. (If you have any question that the factory data is correct, which is often inflated, check the YouTube videos that will usually show what actual chronograph data people get.)
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Our department used to issue the 125gr +P JHP .38SPL for our K-frames magnums...they are not as hard on the forcing cone as the same bullet loaded to .357Mag pressures. The stuff we were issued was from Winchester as part of the State purchase....CHP used the same ammo.
At the time, I preferred Federal Hydra-shok...which I guess has now evolved into HST.
If I was looking for a current .38SPL round that was kind to my gun, accurate, and offered decent street performance, I'd look at the Speer 135gr +P Gold Dot
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Posts: 13406 | Location: northern california | Registered: February 07, 2003
I'll third the Golden Sabre 125 gr .357. I used it in my Model 19, 13, and use it in my Python as well. No need to step down to a .38 and deal with the extra carbon buildup in the cylinder. It's pretty tame as far as Magnums go.
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