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Range testing my three amigos
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May 26, 2020 - 6:23 pm
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Went to the range today to test my three .357s to determine which one I could shoot the best. My homemade targets consist of five 2 5/8 inch circles that I shoot from 7 yards, and a single 7 inch circle that I shoot from 25. This wasn't about ammo testing from a bench rest, but rather from a standing offhand position to see how each revolver fits me. All are five shot groups.

Started out with .38 Specials at 7, then at 25. Switched over to .357 Magnums at 7 to finish out the day. The Trooper MK lll seemed to like the .357s a little better than the .38 Specials. The Dan Wessons handled both cartridges equally well I thought.IMG_1339-1.jpgImage Enlarger

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May 26, 2020 - 7:00 pm
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Technically, the glass is always full; half liquid, half air....

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There's just something about that 15-1 that works for me. Wish I could do this every time! All I can do is keep practicing.IMG_1343-1.jpgImage Enlarger

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Those are some great looking groups. What type of ammo were you using with regard to brand and weight/s? It can be difficult to practice with carry ammo because it can be so darned expensive. I guess that's only a concern if you actually carry the gun though. Again, nice shootin'!

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I only use 158 gr ammo in either .357 or .38 Special for target shooting (paper or steel targets). Generally speaking heavier projectiles will shoot the best in a revolver. I don't carry, but in my my nightstand drawer is a .38 Special snub loaded with Hornady Critical Defense, and you're right, they are expensive. I'm always on the lookout for reasonably priced ammo especially when I can get free shipping. The .357s on these particular targets were Fiocchi 158 gr FMJ. The .38 Specials were 158 gr Geco and Magtech FMJ. I've also used Federal American Eagle and Blazer Brass .357 Mag 158 gr JSP or JHP which are good stout loadings, but too expensive to do much target shooting. All are very accurate. 

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That's a good variety of ammo. I concur with your use of 158 gr bullets. That's what I tend to shoot most often also. It doesn't appear that you had too much point of impact shift using the various brands, which is good. Thanks for the information.

Hornady Critical Defense is great stuff. That's what I use in all my guns intended for personal protection. Definitely not a plinker ammo though. 🙂

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I too like the Hornaday for carry. The  nickel cases eject easily too. I am carrying a S&W airweight 32 mag and the Hornaday is slick out of the chambers. Much better than Federal.

 3ric, if you have read my posts you might remember that I think the pork chops are more accurate than the 15-2s. No proof, I just seem to shoot better with them. Unfortunately, the only revolver more homely is the H&Rs.

  NICE shooting by the way!!! 

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Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so they say. They all look the same from behind the gun. It's the feel, balance and trigger release that really matters when it comes to accuracy. I can't come up with a viable explanation as to why the pork chops seem to be more accurate either.

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That's excellent gun control, 3ric!  I Like how well documented it all was. Kudos! 

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