.357 Magnum

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by Thomas_1, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. Thomas_1

    Thomas_1 New Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Fenton, Missouri
    I have a S & W Model 28 Highway Patrolman .357 magnum. It’s a great shooting gun, but I wouldn’t use it for home defense because of the muzzle flash and loud recoil. But I just realized I could run .38 rounds in it (I’m a little bit slow, don’t know why I didn’t think of it before).
    What ammo would you use in this pistol for home defense? I heard that Glaser and Hydro Shock or good? Can I use +P in this gun?

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  2. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    If it's a .357 gun, I'd think that .38 +P loads would be OK in the gun but that's just an opinion and not verifiable fact. Given that, the most effective .38 Spl. +P rounds I've read about and use are 125 gr. .38 Spl. +P Speer Gold Dots. You can buy them packaged from Speer (for a LOT of money) or get them much cheaper at http://georgia-arms.com/38special.aspx

  3. A .357 will fire .38 +P just fine, no problem.

    That is a nice looking Model 28 too.
  4. No problems with +P .38 ammo in the Mod 28, Thomas. Any .357 pistol is rated for much higher pressures than any .38 cartridge will produce, even +P+. In fact, you will find the Mod 28--which is an N-frame, the same one Smith used for the Mod 29 .44 mag--handles like a kitten with .38s in it due to its weight.
  5. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Sweet pistol Thomas.
    Ditto everyone's answer.
    I have a 4" M-27-2 and I love it.

  6. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Stoked with the +P loads it should be a fine home defense tool. Practice with them to be sure you hit where you aim and sleep tight.
  7. Thomas_1

    Thomas_1 New Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Fenton, Missouri
    Thanks, I'll look for some good +P loads and use them.
  8. Oneida Steve

    Oneida Steve Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Upstate NY
    That's a beautiful Model 28, the first one I've ever seen in a case.

    The Model 28 is one of my all time favorite revolvers. The old "FBI load", 158 gr. SWCHP +P .38 is a good choice for indoor use. Your revolver will handle it with ease.
  9. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    That was what I was thinking as well. That is what I stoke my 357 with for defense in the home. Outside the home I use 357 loads.
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