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Old Yesterday, 12:53 PM   #26
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Only light rounds I like are from Corbon. For example, 9mm = 115gr, 45ACP = 185gr, etc.

Usually, I stick to the realm of 230gr and 124gr +.
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Small and fast or fat and slow
Just wondering if YOU prefer a really fast but light round to a heavy slow round for personal defense? The example I have in mind, if you have a better caliber example, please share, is a 125 grain. 357 Magnum to a 158 grain. 357 Magnum.

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Speaking in general, regarding the common defensive/service calibers?

Sure. Either/or.

It does kind of depend on the mission-specific circumstances, though, including anticipating some different conditions and potential influences that may need to be addressed.

In your specific example of the .357 Magnum, for common defensive/service usage I've long favored middleweight bullets, meaning 125-145gr. The light 110gr, and heavier 158/180gr, options offer some characteristics that may be less advantageous, in some ways. (Such as reduced or excessive penetration, for example, and different muzzle blast & controllability, etc.)

Then again, some revolver shooters find themselves more affected by muzzle blast and recoil/controllability issues than others, and while this can be affected by bullet weight, it can also be affected by loads and power levels commonly used for different bullet weights.

I tend to usually prefer:
180gr for .40 S&W
124gr-147gr for 9mm
230gr for .45ACP
125-135gr for .38 Spl
85-102gr for .380 ACP

When it comes to the .44 Mag/.45 Colt, I tend to consider what I envision needing to do with the bigger revolvers, or what sort of range session/enjoyment I'd like to experience, and select my loads accordingly.
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Old Yesterday, 04:36 PM   #28
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I've been carrying 45 ACPs for so long it seems silly to go with someone's latest and greatest new thing at this point. Oh, and get off my lawn too! (smile)

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Old Yesterday, 05:26 PM   #29
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We all forgot to ask this question. What are you shooting with?? Is it a 357 4" or 6" or 8" or is it a snub??

That would help narrow in some responses we could better advise you.
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If it's snub, I'll use Speer GoldDot 125 JHP 357 mag ammo.

If it's a 4" plus 357 mag, I'll use a 135 gr JHP or 158 grain JHP by Hornady.
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Old Yesterday, 06:22 PM   #31
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Big and fast is the best. Obviously, those calibers don't always work for everyone.
In 357mag I prefer Underwood 158gr. Fast and fairly heavy.
And when you need truly heavy. The 480ruger has it covered.
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If it's snub, I'll use Speer GoldDot 125 JHP 357 mag ammo.

If it's a 4" plus 357 mag, I'll use a 135 gr JHP or 158 grain JHP by Hornady.
In the case of my answer, it didn't matter. I'll use the same loads whether it's 2" - 6" ... unless it's going to be dedicated for a thicker skinned dangerous/feral animal, and then I'll change over to a heavier load.

For smaller animals like feral dogs, coyotes or mountain lions? Same middleweight loads I use for human threats.
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