So here I sit with my newly-acquired S&W Mod 65:
…and because I’ve not owned a .357 Mag revolver for lo these many years, of course I had to check out the ammo on hand. (Yeah I know, I had ammo for a gun I didn’t have — like that’s never happened to any of you, don’t get me started.)
Actually not too bad, considering. About 100 rounds of “self-defense” (i.e. hollowpoint 158gr killer-diller stuff) the shortage of which I shall address when time and wallet allow, but I can get by with that, certainly. As for practice .357 ammo? About 500 rounds of the Winchester White Box 110gr. Little light, there.
So off I went to look for said White Box practice ammo via Ammoseek… and holy shit! Are you kidding me? $2.40 per round?????? Two dollars and forty cents every time I pull the trigger???? Looks like the lightweight 110gr stuff may become my backup “self-defense” load — and yeah I know, the little 110gr pill doesn’t do well in ballistic gelatin etc. etc. yadda yadda yadda because even though it absolutely screams out of the barrel, there’s not enough mass to penetrate deeply enough to satisfy the Death Brigade Cognoscenti.
Anyway (after I’d got my heart working again), after browsing Ye Olde Internette a little further I found an old friend:
Still spendy, but in the current climate, not excessively so. [20,000-word rant deleted]
“Okay, Kim: why the lightweight stuff (125gr) instead of the proven (and cheaper) 158gr?”
Because if I know anything about the K-frame S&W revolvers like the 65, it’s that you can beat them up badly shooting lots of heavy .357 mag ammo through them. And I plan to shoot lots because I’m out of practice shooting a meaty revolver cartridge.
Yeah, I know: I can practice with .38 Special (no need to buy more of that, no sir), but I follow the old adage: practice with what you’ll shoot. And while the 125gr bullets aren’t the same as 158gr bullets in terms of recoil and such, they still have that little .357 snap!, more so than an ordinary .38 Spec, even the 158gr ones.
Comments in the usual place, please. I welcome them all, because it’s been a long time since I shot the .357 Mag, out of any gun.
Oh, and for the many (!!) kind people who have written to me with offers of gifts of components, I really have no plans for getting into reloading, but thankee most kindly for the offers all the same.