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Old February 23, 2020, 02:26 AM   #26
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If you reload there is no reason for reloading the 9mm as cost is going to be a wash.
If ALL you look at is cost, then pretty much yes. However only looking at cost overlooks the reason some of us reload, which is NOT to produce ammo cheaper than factory, or even as cheap, but to produce ammo that the factories do not.

Or the ability to make ammo when the store shelves are bare.....

I will admit I was a bit foolish not getting the convertible .357/9mm I thought I wanted, settling for a standard .357 (at a really good price) and before I got a serious jones for a non-semi auto 9mm, I got a 9mm Luger barrel for my Contender, and problem solved.

I don't think I would ever bother with a DA 9mm Luger revolver, I don't see the point to a 9mm Luger only revolver. But, that's just me.
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Old February 23, 2020, 05:26 AM   #27
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I have a 6 inch Blackhawk convertible in 357/38/9mm and it is very accurate. On a man size target I was trying for pelvic hits at 25 yards and group size was approx 2.5 inches. These Blackhawks are very accurate and with the ability to fire 3 different types of cartridges it's flexibility is outstanding
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Old February 23, 2020, 06:09 AM   #28
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IME the auto cartridges have appeared to be less accurate when fired in both a 357/9 and 45 Auto/45 Colt. I always suspected the long bullet jump of the auto cartridges might be a factor.

I shoot handloads almost exclusively so I load them with 357 and 45 Colt. Cost difference of plinking handloads between the respective auto and revolver rounds is very little.
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Old February 23, 2020, 10:20 AM   #29
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Shooting a "man sized target" at the pelvic area, bit of a move.

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I'm a 9mm guy, but it seems to me the fair comparison is the Glock 26 vs the snubbies. Slight edge to the .357 - BUT most folks carry .38 Spl +P in their snubbies, not .357 Mag.
In any case, I long ago stopped worrying much about caliber and bullet design. Put rounds where they matter, and use a bullet that penetrates to the vitals. Expansion is a nice bonus, but not at the expense of penetration.
As a rule of thumb - in any caliber above .38 Spl/9mm, use a good quality JHP.
.380 is borderline - use FMJ, or JHP, or alternate them.
Below .380 - all FMJ.
Thanks for taking the time to do the testing and for posting the results.
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