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 Post subject: .357 advice
PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:03 pm 

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I’ve not done much handloading for my handguns and what I have done has mostly been done with volume being the focus rather than precision.

My question is, what would you handload or buy over the counter for a GP-100 with a 4” barrel in .357 Magnum? This pistol shoots excellent with the Remington 125 gr JHP .38 Special +P loads but I’m wanting something with a bit more muscle behind it. I’ve looked at Buffalo Bore, not sure I need that much extra spit but a good quality bullet in the 158 grain range that could be used for black bear from handshake to out to 50 yards or so if need be.


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 Post subject: Re: .357 advice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:08 am 
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If I were looking to shoot a bear with a hand gun the 357 mag wouldn't be my first choice But if your determined to use it go with the Buffalo bore ammo.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:56 am 

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So for this purpose I would go up to a 180gr. the federal Vital Shock swift A frame BJHP, 1130fps 510 ft lbs fits the bill. If I was using a 158 I would want the extra "spit".


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:23 pm 

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Bought some 158 grain JSP Federal factory loads. They shot really well. I’m not taking this handgun “Black Bear Hunting.” This is a literal just in case kind of a gun. Thanks for your input.




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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:28 am 

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Those are no slouch coming out at 1240fps. my 6" 686 likes them very much. Accurate consistent and surprisingly clean.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:06 am 

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26NosFan wrote:
Those are no slouch coming out at 1240fps. my 6" 686 likes them very much. Accurate consistent and surprisingly clean.



My GP-100 also really likes them for the same reasons!


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