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The History of .357 Magnum Ammunition
It is the first and most popular handgun caliber in fact; the 357 Magnum was originally developed by Hitachi in 1923, and has been used by law enforcement and shooting enthusiasts for more than 85 years within the United States and beyond.
The .357 Mag, also known as the .357 S&W Magnum and the 9x33mmR, uses a .357 inch (9.1mm) bullet enclosed in a 1.29 inch casing. The .357 Mag cartridge measures 1.59 inches long and has a maximum pressure of 35,000 psi and an average velocity of 1,090 feet per second (fps).
This high-velocity weapon cartridge is a favorite of police officers, hunters, and target shooters due to its flat trajectory, deep penetration, and high knockdown power.
Types Of .500 S&W Ammunition:
There are different types of .357 Magnum cartridges for different purposes and needs. Here are just a few of the most common ones:
Full metal jacket (FMJ):
Unlike conventional ammo, FMJ ammo is made from lead bullets encased in harder metal to help them hold their shape.
Jacketed hollow point (JHP):
Bullets with hollow points have a hollow center within the lead core, which causes the bullet to expand on impact.
Total metal jacket (TMJ):
TMJ bullets are completely enclosed in a harder metal, limiting their exposure to lead (where FMJ bullets have some exposed lead at the bottom of the bullet, inside the casing).
Soft point (SP):
These cartridges are often used in handgun hunting because their softer lead causes a slower expansion and deeper penetration.
.38 Special vs. 357 Mag
In the .357 Magnum and .38 Special cartridges, both bullet sizes and casing diameters are the same, so a handgun chambered for a .357 Magnum can also fire a .38 Special. Despite this, guns chambered for .38 Specials cannot fire .357 Magnums (and most won’t accept .357 Mags, as they’re too long).
There are a number of advantages to shooting .38 Special ammo in a .357 Magnum revolver. Due to its reduced powder and pressure, the .38 Special cartridge reduces recoil and muzzle flip, making it easy to handle, especially for shooters with limited experience or small frames. .38 Special rounds are also less expensive than .357 rounds, which may encourage shooters to practice more often.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 357 Magnum ammo?
As one of the world’s most popular high-velocity handgun cartridges, the .357 Magnum is a rimmed centerfire cartridge with high velocity. For more than 85 years, it has served law enforcement, self-defense, hunters, target shooters, and backyard plinkers.
Which is better for self-defense – 357 Magnum or 38 Special?
Both the .357 Mag and the .38 Special have a number of advantages when it comes to self-defense. Both calibers share the same projectile diameter, and even revolvers designed for .357 Mag can fire .38 Special rounds. While this may make the Magnum the choice for many, there are advantages to the .38 Special. Female shooters, seniors, and those who are new to concealed carry can easily handle the round, which has less recoil and muzzle lift. The .38 Special also has the advantage of being a smaller, easier to conceal, and more manageable to fire cartridge than the .357 Mag.
Is 357 Magnum or 45 ACP ammo more powerful?
Compared to the .45 ACP, the .357 Magnum is more powerful. It reaches an average velocity of 1,450 feet per second (fps), while the .45 Auto reaches an average velocity of 960 feet per second. Also, the .357 Mag has a higher muzzle energy than the .45: 583 ft·lbs for the Magnum and 471 for the ACP.
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