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    .357 short barrel gold dots



    This guys getting over 1100fps. Its rated at 990.

    What are you guys getting?

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    I haven't chronoed it myself, but Lucky Gunner's gel test showed 1069 fps from a 2" and 1184 fps from a 4". Either a "fast" barrel or a hotter lot of ammo could easily bump that over 1100 fps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by revchuck38 View Post
    I haven't chronoed it myself, but Lucky Gunner's gel test showed 1069 fps from a 2" and 1184 fps from a 4". Either a "fast" barrel or a hotter lot of ammo could easily bump that over 1100 fps.
    American Riflemanís 357 test showed 1,188 from a 4 inch GP100 and 1,037 from an LCR.
    Last edited by Oukaapie; 12-05-2019 at 11:29 PM.

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    Bologna Slayer! I don't know why people make up BS tests to simulate bullet performance when there is a scientifically-proven link between street results and bullet performance and it is properly calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin. But, whatever, I carry 38 158 grain LSWCHP and 135 grain Gold Dot and don't feel under-gunned; the .357 Gold Dot would give me a warm fuzzy feeling if I carried a .357. I mostly carry 147 grain HST out of a G43 off-duty. and Gen 4 G17 on duty. I do love my revolvers, though, and .38 is good enough for me. I would not be upset if I had to carry .357 Gold Dot in my 4" Speed-Six, M19 6" or other fighting revolver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paherne View Post
    Bologna Slayer! I don't know why people make up BS tests to simulate bullet performance when there is a scientifically-proven link between street results and bullet performance and it is properly calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin. But, whatever, I carry 38 158 grain LSWCHP and 135 grain Gold Dot and don't feel under-gunned; the .357 Gold Dot would give me a warm fuzzy feeling if I carried a .357. I mostly carry 147 grain HST out of a G43 off-duty. and Gen 4 G17 on duty. I do love my revolvers, though, and .38 is good enough for me. I would not be upset if I had to carry .357 Gold Dot in my 4" Speed-Six, M19 6" or other fighting revolver.
    Tell me about it. I generally ignore his penatration tests. He tests a ton of .357 loads through a 2" gun which i appreciate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paherne View Post
    Bologna Slayer! I don't know why people make up BS tests to simulate bullet performance when there is a scientifically-proven link between street results and bullet performance and it is properly calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin. But, whatever, I carry 38 158 grain LSWCHP and 135 grain Gold Dot and don't feel under-gunned; the .357 Gold Dot would give me a warm fuzzy feeling if I carried a .357. I mostly carry 147 grain HST out of a G43 off-duty. and Gen 4 G17 on duty. I do love my revolvers, though, and .38 is good enough for me. I would not be upset if I had to carry .357 Gold Dot in my 4" Speed-Six, M19 6" or other fighting revolver.
    Are there publicly available tests of the 135 grain Gold Dot in calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin?

    I assume this load would not beat up a K frame forcing cone like a lighweight full-house .357?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK11 View Post
    Are there publicly available tests of the 135 grain Gold Dot in calibrated 10% ordnance gelatin?
    Just under 11" in bare gel and just over 12" through clothing from a Ruger LCR.


    https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...mag-cartridge/


    In a 357 snub I think I'd choose the Hornady Critical Duty or a load using a Barnes 125gr (GBW is out of business?) over most everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokarev View Post
    In a 357 snub I think I'd choose the Hornady Critical Duty or a load using a Barnes 125gr (GBW is out of business?) over most everything else.
    Any reason not to go 125 Golden Saber, PDX or Silvertips?
    Last edited by Oukaapie; 12-10-2019 at 08:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oukaapie View Post
    Any reason not to go 125 Golden Saber, PDX or Silvertips?
    In short barrels, which is what the O/P is about, there are better options. In 4"+ barrels the conventional 125 "screamer" loads retain plenty enough velocity to work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartan1980 View Post
    In short barrels, which is what the O/P is about, there are better options. In 4"+ barrels the conventional 125 "screamer" loads retain plenty enough velocity to work well.
    The loads heís talking about are mid-range loads rather than screamers.

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