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Old October 1, 2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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what is your carry load for home defense or self defense

I carry a taurus 605 (357) my carry load is the Buffalo Barnes 125 grain hollow points very amazing bullet expansion is perct from personal ballistics testing I manage to get 1505 fps 630 lbs out the muzzle from a 3inch barrel not bad if I say so myself has a kick to itvbut I'm already use to it..

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Old October 1, 2012, 01:54 AM   #2
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1500+?/3"?

I smell a hand loader.

Or you need to recalibrate your croni.
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Old October 1, 2012, 03:03 AM   #3
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Ruger LCR .357 magnum. 158 Grain Gold Dot Personal Protecion. It's a real thumper in that little revolver but...I use a lesser load when I practice at the range, then put 5 thumpers through it at the end. Too many rounds of the SD ammo makes my hand hurt for a couple days.
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Old October 1, 2012, 05:08 AM   #4
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Out and about SD = G26
Home defense-what ever gun I'm
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Old October 1, 2012, 06:17 AM   #5
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No I do not hand load
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Old October 1, 2012, 07:01 AM   #6
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Nothing special here I suppose. I welcome suggestions. My daily carry is .45 Federal 230 gr. Hydra-Shok JHP (Wilson Combat Ultra Light Carry).

I don't pay much attention to the performance details of ammunition. I buy what's available at a small LGS and our nearby Gander Mountain or sometimes from Lucky Gunner in large quantities (usually a purchase of 1,000 or more each shipment) of various practice and practice SD ammunition.

I do practice with some of the SD ammunition and especially with the semi-automatics to be sure they are always ready to go without an issue. Each semi gets its rounds run through, cleaned and loaded about once a month.

I practice with the Python using mostly the cheap aluminum Blazer .38 Special 158 gr lead and American Eagle 158 gr .357 Magnum JSP. I try to practice with the Python several evenings a week on a home range usually running 100 rounds of the cheap Blazer .38 then 50-100 of American Eagle 158 gr .357 Magnum JSP - then after cleaning loading with 357 Magnum 158 gr. Hydra-Shok JHP.

Loaded and Ready Right Now:

Back Door: 9mm Hornady 124 gr. XTP (Sig Sauer X-Five)

Bedside [1]: 9mm Hornady 124 gr. XTP (DW Guardian with those glow sights for the dark).
Bedside [Back-Up 1]: .45 Remington Golden Saber 230 gr JHP (Sig Sauer C3).
Bedside [Back-Up 2]: 357 Magnum 158 gr. Hydra-Shok JHP (Colt Python 6 in.).

Home Office Desk: .380 Federal 90 gr. Hydra-Shok JHP (S&W Bodyguard 380).

Other Back Door & Every Day Carry on Way Out: .45 Federal 230 gr. Hydra-Shok JHP (Wilson Combat Ultra Light Carry).
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Old October 1, 2012, 07:10 AM   #7
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I have to really wonder if you're getting 1,500 fps out of a 3" tube, too.

Those speeds normally come from 6 to 8" barrels, or from pressure test rigs.

If you really are getting speeds like that out of a 3", I'd love to know what Buffalo Bore is loading...


Whoa...

Son of a gun...

Buffalo shows the test velocities and the guns and barrel lengths used to achieve them...

BUFFALO-BARNES LEAD-FREE HEAVY 357 Mag - 125 gr. Barnes XPB, fired from a 3" Smith Model 66, 1507 fps!

I definitely want to know what powders they are using!
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Old October 1, 2012, 07:51 AM   #8
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Yes I was pretty impressed too of course I had to test it myself just in case they weren't false advertising sure enough it stands true
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:15 AM   #9
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What is the muzzle blast and flash like? It has to be impressive.
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:21 AM   #10
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The muzzle flash to me is normal just like any other 357 load. You would actually think the flash would be more blinding for such a hot load but surprisingly not
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:25 AM   #11
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In the two wheelguns a LCR (mine) and a 642CT (wife's) we carry 125gr Remington Golden Sabers 38+P
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:46 AM   #12
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Old October 1, 2012, 11:18 AM   #13
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Depends on which gun I'm using.

.22 Long Rifle- CCI 40gr Velocitor
.32 Auto- Fiocchi 73gr FMJ
7.62x25 Tokarev- Winchester 85gr FMJ
.38 S&W- Handloaded 200gr LRN
.38 Special- Remington 158gr +P LSWCHP
9mm Parabellum- Winchester 127gr +P+ Ranger T-Series
.357 Magnum- Remington 158gr SJHP
10mm Auto- Winchester 175gr Silvertip
.44 Magnum- Remington 240gr SJHP
.45 ACP- Federal 230gr +P HST
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Old October 1, 2012, 11:50 AM   #14
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For CC and home defense, standard .44Spec loads (hand loads of course) in CA Bulldog. In the woods we move up to the .45 Colt.
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Old October 1, 2012, 03:03 PM   #15
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HD= Remington Golden Saber .38 +P

CCW=Georgia Arms Gold Dot 9X18 (new manufacture)
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Old October 1, 2012, 10:56 PM   #16
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I used to use Federal Hi-Shok 125gr JHPs in my 4" GP100 and 2.25" SP101. When I went to replace them I couldn't find them anymore. I switched to Hornady Critical Defense 125gr JHPs. They have a red polymer insert in the hollowpoint to keep clothing from clogging them and turning the hollowpoint into a solid. The insert also aids in expansion. The red tips showing out of the cylinders is a bit intimidating too.
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Old October 1, 2012, 11:56 PM   #17
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My .380 gets 102-grain Remington Golden Saber.

My .40 gets 180-grain Speer Gold Dot

My 12-gauge gets Hornady TAP 00 Buck

My AR-15 holds whatever I have handy. Zero concerns about lethality of that platform. When available my ideal is 65-grain Winchester PDX1 or 77-grain Hornady TAP.

My 9mm (next anticipated purchase) will get 147-grain Federal HST.

Even my .22 holds CCI Stingers when stored.

I prefer avoiding +p loadings.
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Old October 2, 2012, 03:18 AM   #18
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9mm - 147gr
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Old October 2, 2012, 08:33 PM   #19
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In my .38 spl snubbies I carry, I like the Speer 135 gr. +P for short barrels. For my Model 65 at home, I use the FBI load -- Remington 158 gr. LSWCHP +P.
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Old October 2, 2012, 08:35 PM   #20
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19.5gr 2400 under a 240gr Hornady hollow point.

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Old October 2, 2012, 08:57 PM   #21
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.38 Special - Speer Gold Dot 135 grain +P
.40 S&W - Remington 165 grain Golden Sabre
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Old October 2, 2012, 09:03 PM   #22
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My year-round daily carry is my Rossi 462 and it gets fed a steady diet of 158 gr. Federal Hi-shoks.
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Old October 3, 2012, 04:38 AM   #23
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HD and CC I keep Remington Golden Saber 125 gr .38 +P's in my Taurus 605.
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Old October 3, 2012, 05:43 AM   #24
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Glock 20 with night sights and 15 rounds buffalo bore 180gr hp at 1350 which also goes to work with me or wherever I go that day. In my wifes night stand is a ruger sr9c loaded with 9mm+p pdx1. And in the kitchen is a hidden beretta 92 and near the front door is a loaded yugo sks and a. 22 rifle with a dot sight for the local cat epidemic... I mean opossums.
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Old October 3, 2012, 09:18 AM   #25
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My carry load in a S&W Model 642 is Buffalo Bore .38spl +P 158gr LSWCHP. Pretty stout recoil out of that lightweight revolver, but manageable.

My go-to gun if I ever needed something for home defense is a .40 S&W semi-auto loaded with Federal HST, 135gr.
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