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Old September 26, 2012, 03:29 PM   #15
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While generally forbidden today, the use of personally-owned weapons by U.S. soldiers was not as frowned upon in years past. As such, it would be rather unsurprising to hear of soldiers using privately-owned .357 Magnum revolvers in WWII, Korea, and possibly even Vietnam.

I would guess that the issue with not being able to use hollow points would be easily negated by loading lead SWC, which has always been an effective .357 magnum load.
As far as hollow points in the military, is it all expanding ammunition that is banned such as EFMJ, or just hollow points?
Declaration III of the Hague Convention of 1899 prohibits the use of "bullets which expand or flatten easily in the human body, such as bullets with a hard envelope which does not entirely cover the core, or is pierced with incisions." As such, most expanding bullets would probably be included in this definition. That being said, a lead SWC which is not designed to expand may not be prohibited, though the British did abandon their .380 Revolver Mk. I loading because of concern that the relatively soft LRN bullet may run afoul of the Hague Convention.

The United States, however, did not sign the Hague Convention of 1899 though we officially abide by it anyway. It is certainly possible that the .357 Magnum could've been used with FMJ ammunition as so-loaded ammunition was available as far back as the 1930's such as the Western Super-X 158gr "Metal Piercing" load. More likely, however, the revolvers were simply loaded with 158gr LSWC bullets and the Hague Convention ignored by the users.
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