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.38 Special short barrel - David - 12-05-2017






RE: .38 Special short barrel - David - 12-05-2017






RE: .38 Special short barrel - David - 12-05-2017






RE: .38 Special short barrel - Tsquare - 12-06-2017

I didn't watch any of these as I really don't have a dog in the hunt on this - I sold my 357 years ago. I shot mostly 105 conical point mouse fart 38spl loads in it. But after a range trip I would run a bore brush through it and the cylinders and load it up with light 357mag wadcutters. But I would be more interested in the expansion of the HST vs. the wadcutter.

My dad and uncle performed accuracy and expansion testing with their 357's back in the late 70's. They built their bullet molds and tried various designs and bullet weights. A dimpled WC like what is in video 3 at 155grains was what they determined to be their best SD round. A soft lead wadcutter will almost double in size when shot into a string of milk jugs full of water. Even with today's advanced tech in hollow points they have nowhere near the expansion of the lead WC. A WC is a devastating round. They also found that velocities slower than those of 357 but much faster than what is now 38+p were more accurate.