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Curious experience with .357 Mag versus .38 Special

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Old 12-15-2008, 12:04 AM   #11
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When I shoot .357 out of my Taurus model 66, the difference is mostly sound and side flash. Maybe a little harder kick, but not an enormous difference.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:34 AM   #12
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Speer Gold Dot 125 grain .38 special +P
Muzzle Energy = 248 foot lbs.

Speer Gold Dot 158 grain .357 Magnum
Muzzle Energy = 535 foot lbs

Muzzle energy is not a direct correlation to recoil, but does demonstrate the difference between the two rounds.

Here is a Handgun Recoil Chart I discovered online. Some might find it interesting.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:29 AM   #13
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I have a 649 S&W with 2" barrel .357 mag

I shoot .38 for practice then shoot 5 rounds of Ammo: Winchester .357 mag. 110 GR JHP

Your hand will be red and hurt from shooting my gun with the .357 mag ammo.
Friend said your gun is no fun to shoot

This is not a fun gun to shoot, if has only one purpose and that is self protection.

There is a marked difference in shooting .38 verse .357 rounds in my gun.

S&W also makes this same size gun in .44 mag, now that would be a hand full to shoot.
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:23 PM   #14
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"Your hand will be red and hurt from shooting my gun with the .357 mag ammo"

That is what was happening with the Remington ammo in my gun. After one cylinder the webbing between my thumb and index finger was getting a good beating. Of course, I'll take it to the range next week with some gloves and fire off the rest for kicks. Who knows, maybe I'll take a liking to it. Either way, I'll probably stick with 38 special +P, as I suspect it is more than adequate for my purposes of home defense.
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I can put together some rounds you'd never forget. I reload my 357's and I found a combination that calls for a Hornady XTP 180 grain JHP bullet pushed with 12.5 grains of 2400 powder. This makes a brutal round thats second to no other. The only down-side is, it kicks like a pissed-off mule on steriods. I shoot these in my 4" Colt King Cobra. I also practice with 38 Specials...
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I'm thinking it's more of an control/grip/stance/experience thing rather than recoil. I'll bet if you have an experienced shooter to assist you in grip style, you'll be able to control it much more easily. Once you learn how to properly control recoil, you'll be able to shoot without worrying about the recoil. There are 2 factors than CAN greatly contribute to felt recoil. The first is properly fitting grips, aftermarket soft rubber Hogues are great for "soaking up" recoil, while fitting your hand better than the factory grips. The 2nd factor is muzzle blast. Have you tried using ear plugs AND ear muffs BOTH at same time?
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