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If you had a Ruger GP100 with a 4.2 inch barrel, what weight bullets would you choose?
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158 grain. Should shoot to point of aim.
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For just "shootin' stuff", any good 158gr load should work.
For SD/HD I would go with a good 125gr JHP load.
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That is my choice also.
I don't think I have anything other than 158gr for my Rugers.
I only shoot 158 grain because I have a Model 19. I think 158 is plenty of penetration for SD/HD. I honestly would worry about overpenetration with 125 grain out of a 4-6" barrel.
I have a security-six and use the 158 grain. Have always been a good performer for me.
I use 125 JHPs for HD and 158s for hunting. 125 JHPs are a proven HD round. I look for any good quality loads at 1450 fps or greater.
Any of the 357 loads can have a lot of flash and are loud as hell. I've got a 6" 686 and a 6.5" Blackhawk and both handle any of the hot 357 loads easily as can the GP100.
Look up the FBI data on shootings with the 357 and you'll see that its stopping power is well documented.
GP100 and 158gr go together very well at the range. This has been a good combination for a lot of years for me.
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I like the 158 grain Federal semi jacketed flat points. Lots of boom, lots of go.
Federal's website says they go 1240.
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For inside like 125 weights. Prefer the old school Remington JHP with the scalloped jacket. With .357 velocities from a 4" barrel just about any hollow point will expand...
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Federal 125 JHP are hard to beat for SD purposes. Famous manstopper round that is well-documented.
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What is the concern about a bullet with *less* momentum (125) penetrating more?
Higher velocity HPs compared side by side with their lower velocity counterparts usually end up testing with less penetration. (like +P vs standard loads in semiautos)
The OP could split the difference and get 145gr Win Silvertips.
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125 grain have a higher FPS than 158 grain. My worry would be overpenetration, going through walls and hitting targets you're not planning on shooting at.
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