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Has anyone seen this load available yet and tested it? I gather it uses the same 135 gr. wide-hollowpoint GoldDot Short Barrel [TM] bullet that the .38 +P round uses. The difference is another 130 fps for 294 ft./lbs. of muzzle energy for a 2" barrel.


Speer also has (bullets only) a 147 gr. GoldDot Short Barrel [TM] .38/.357 bullet available.

http://www.speer-bullets.com
 

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I have fired half a box (10 rounds), which is just enough to check POI, recoil, and blast.

Conclusion: It kicks, and it's loud.

I'm carrying it because I trust Speer to have worked out a good compromise well suited to the 2" guns.

(On occasion I carry a K frame .38 in either 2" or 4" barrel. For those the Winchester 158 LSWCHP +P is the load of choice.)

DUH... Days later I notice that the question is about .357 ammo, not the .38.
 
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Saw some gel tests w the 135g/38 +P GDSB fired from a longer 4 in bbl (about 1000 fps) and it penetrated less than 12 inches/less than from the 2 in bbl.

The 135g/357 GDSB specs at about 990 from a 2 inch bbl, so if it's the same bullet, some folks are gonna be disappointed w the penetration.
 
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Tested a box this last week at a ballistic seminar. They are specifically made for short barrels, anything longer ups the velocity and pressure.

They will go thru windshield glass in tact, they are great performers. I met the guy who designed them, a very good interesting talk he gave...........
 
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