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.357 Factory Home Defense Load

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by neilin, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. neilin

    neilin New Member

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    Can someone recommend a .357 Magnum factory load that will not over penetrate, which would make a good home defense round?
  2. res45

    res45 Member

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    Any of the factory SD 110 to 125 gr. HP offerings would do the job,Speer,Hornady,Federal,Cor-Bon,Glaser etc.
  3. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

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    I use the old FBI load in mine at home, a 38 Spl +P 158 gr LSWC-HP.
  4. old semperfi

    old semperfi Active Member

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    i live in southern indiana,old country boy at hear
    you need to be aware that there is no guaranteed round that will not penetrate a wall.a lead projectile will even penetrate brick if hit right.if you have too slow a round a hp will not expand.a solid lead round will not open either under low velocity.i do know you can purchase rounds that are lead free and will not over penetrate but i dont think components are available. old semperfi
  5. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Active Member

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    Over-penetration is a real problem with most .357 loads used indoors.

    +1 to Terry P on recommending the .38 +P FBI load. Remington makes a good one. If you must have magnums, then Winchester's 110 grain JHP rounds are not too bad.
  6. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville New Member

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    I have a few boxes of Norma .38 special with half jacketed 158gr HP's
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