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Old 11-24-2009, 09:46 PM   #11
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Glasers may not be the best home defense round. What if your target is hiding behind a door, couch or other barrier? Glasers won't penetrate most.

If you have to discharge a handgun in a no-B.S. self defense situation, your body will be under the influence of a massive adrenalin dump. You won't see the flash, hear the report, or feel the recoil.

I live in the country so I keep my revolver stoked with .357 magnum loads, but if I were to live in town in an apartment or similar dwelling, I'd likely use a lighter weight bullet in .38 spl.
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I was at Wally World today, and they had Federal 125 grain JHP +P .38 Specials for $28.00 for a hundred rounds.

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Dang,... I wish we had ammo that cheap down here,... I figure it's time to move back to Texas


As we can't get 38 +P ammo down here, and if we could they'd probably hurt you for 1$ a pop,.. hence I keep my King Cobra loaded with 357's, but I'd say I would opt for the +P as well,....

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Dang,... I wish we had ammo that cheap down here,... I figure it's time to move back to Texas


As we can't get 38 +P ammo down here, and if we could they'd probably hurt you for 1$ a pop,.. hence I keep my King Cobra loaded with 357's, but I'd say I would opt for the +P as well,....
Something like.... THIS??
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You may not realize this but not all gun powder is created equal. Many higher end and LE loads use triple based powders for greatly reduced muzzle flash. Some loads are nearly invisible at night. The flame throwing muzzle flash you may see in a "bargain load" is no bigger than a soda can in the duty grade loads.

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Well assuming that you got access to a wide variety of ammo, I am sure that you're right. I on the other hand, I have very few options thus I opt for the 357 in my case.
In your opinion, given a scanario of a self defense situation in a appartment, and your last comment: What is your view on the noise level of .357 vs. 38 +P, or is it irreleval as pioneer461 said it, one would be all pumped up on adrenaline..???

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Dang Mark F,...

That was exactly what I had in mind,.... (hehehehhe)



Had me runnin' home for lunch to take that photo....

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^^Really nice King Cobra's.....

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I arm my wife with 38's in her SP101 because she can't handle the 357s. If you come in my house and I'm not here you'll be facing a petite lady with 125gr +p Gold Dots and she's good. I feel comfortable with this load for her or myself. Having said that, if I am carrying her Ruger for whatever reason, I load it with 357s of the same bullet. I don't mind the recoil and like the extra power.

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You nailed it.

Stay with the the 38 spl +P for sound and flash advantages.

I'd go with Glaser Safety Slugs Attachment 7834

Glaser Blue Safety Slugs 02200, 38 Special + P, Round Nose, 80 GR, 1400 fps, 6 PK

Stopping power is fine. Your HD shots will be ~12' or less and that improves shot placement.
Just so you know, you are not going to get much penetration out of those (yeah yeah I know, that is the point). I believe that the testing I saw done with them topped out at around 4 inches in gel. The FBI minimium is 12 inches, with a maximum of 18 inches. Anything less than 12 inches and you will not likely reach vital organs from most angles.
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