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low speed 357 bullet

im looking for a low speed bullet that can be plinked with and do double duty as a deer finisher and self defense load. thinking about a 115 to 135 grainer. should be relatively inexpensive so no 1 dollar a piece tsxs. has anyone used 125 grain tsxs or remingtons of the same weight.
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Re: low speed 357 bullet

158 gr hard cast LSWC. Cheap and accurate.
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Re: low speed 357 bullet

I used to use Rem 125 gr hp's in mine, loaded up to max and killed a big doe at 70 yards with it.

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Re: low speed 357 bullet

did that 125 exit on that doe?
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Re: low speed 357 bullet

Why not use a factory .38 special?
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Re: low speed 357 bullet

Wadcutter loaded to .38 Spec velocities.
Trail Boss would be a good powder choice, though you could use a lot of others & get the same result...
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Re: low speed 357 bullet

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158 gr hard cast LSWC. Cheap and accurate.
I Second Bownut. We assume by the nature of your request that you are a hand loader?

You can't go wrong with 158 grain hard cast LSWC. Kieth style would be best, but not completely necessary. Titegroup, or Alliant 2400 are good powders with loading information readily available online - even if the powders aren't I can't find any 2400 to save my life, so good luck there.

a 158 LSWC at 850 fps for practice and at 1150 fps for field work should do quite nicely.

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Yes between ribs, she went about 50 yards and down.

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Wadcutter loaded to .38 Spec velocities.
Trail Boss would be a good powder choice, though you could use a lot of others & get the same result...
I wouldn't use a wadcutter. I have shot a finisher in the back of the skull at 3' and got ZERO penetration. The buck stood up and I had to doubletap him in the ribs to put him down. We sawed thru the bullet when we cut off the horns.

A good hard cast bullet at 900 fps+ will penetrate clean thru.
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Re: low speed 357 bullet

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Wadcutter loaded to .38 Spec velocities.
Trail Boss would be a good powder choice, though you could use a lot of others & get the same result...
I wouldn't use a wadcutter. I have shot a finisher in the back of the skull at 3' and got ZERO penetration. The buck stood up and I had to doubletap him in the ribs to put him down. We sawed thru the bullet when we cut off the horns.

A good hard cast bullet at 900 fps+ will penetrate clean thru.
Double base, hard cast wadcutters are ok, but not the old traditional style hollow base.

But I agree, in 38/.357, if you want "low speed", go with a hard cast heavy for caliber SWC. DBWCs in this caliber are traditionally only 148 grains. But if you want slow and steady, in a 357, you could go with a traditional Keith style SWC, like Lead Head's PMK357-168 357 Keith: Lead Head Bullets ordering page

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