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The .357 Magnum is an extremely popular round for revolvers that is also available for a select few semi-automatic pistols and several carbines. The round is a fairly powerful round for a handgun and revolvers chambered for the round are also capable of firing .38 Special. It was developed by gun expert Bill Jordan who worked with Smith & Wesson to improve the performance of their .38 Police Special round by lengthening the case .10“ and strengthening the walls to withstand greater pressures.


Appeal to Survivalists

The .357 Magnum is popular for its power, but also for the ability of .357 revolvers to fire .38 Special, effectively doubling potential sources of ammunition in purchasing or scavenging situations. There are also lever action carbines, the Marlin 1894C and the Winchester 94 Ranger, in .357 Magnum giving one the option of having multiple weapons use the same caliber.

Ballistic Characteristics

The long recommended load for a revolver is the .357 Magnum 125 gr. JHP at about 1,350 fps. With a carbine you get a 300-500 fps. muzzle velocity boost and heavier loads are recommended. For instance, 158-180 gr. bullets are recommended for white tail deer out to 100+ meters. The only warning regarding .38 Special/.357 Magnum rounds in the semi-automatic pistols and carbines is to avoid wadcutter loads (bullet seats flush with end of shell casing) as they will not properly cycle through the weapons but cause jams.

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The Smith & Wesson 686 is one of my favorite revolvers. I like the 357 for my GHB, mainly for the ammunition availability and range of options. My GHB has a 16″ lever action carbine, and a 2 3/4″ snubby. The revolver carries 38 Specials and the rifle 180 gr 357 Magnum loads.

The 357 is one of the few rifle/pistol combo’s that I feel works for most people. 44 Magnum sets can be had, but most people can’t handle the 44 in a carriable revolver for many rounds. I like 45 Colt, but finding double action revolvers is tough. The 357 turns out to be a great option and the 686 (in your chosen variation) is a very good revolver.

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Buffalo Bore Ammunition 357 Mag 180gr LFN - Our 357 mag. ammo adds more power than ever before to the 357 mag. This ammo is safe to shoot in ANY all steel 357 revolver - this includes J frames.

Buffalo Bore Ammunition 357 Mag 180gr LFN - Our 357 mag. ammo adds more power than ever before to the 357 mag. This ammo is safe to shoot in ANY all steel 357 revolver - this includes J frames. This ammo is no harder on your gun than any other normal 357 ammo. Please don't phone us and ask if this ammo is safe in your gun. It is, providing your gun is in safe condition for use with any normal 357 ammo. We don't recommend this ammo to be fired in super light alloy revolvers as bullets may jump crimp under recoil, but the ammo itself wont hurt these super light weight revolvers. These revolvers are simply so light that the recoil is severe enough to cause crimp jump. 180 grn LFN 1400 fps 20 rounds per box

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Snippet from Wikipedia: .357 Magnum

The .357 S&W Magnum (9×33mmR), or simply .357 Magnum, is a smokeless powder cartridge with a .357-inch (9.07 mm) bullet diameter. It was created by Elmer Keith, Phillip B. Sharpe, and Douglas B. Wesson of firearms manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Winchester.

It is based upon Smith & Wesson's earlier .38 Special cartridge. The .357 Magnum cartridge was introduced in 1934, and its use has since become widespread. This cartridge started the "Magnum era" of handgun ammunition.

The .357 Magnum cartridge is notable for its highly effective terminal ballistics when used for hunting or defense.

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