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    .357 Lever Action- HP or SP..?

    If shooting for defense purposes only in a (357) lever action rifle, which round do you prefer, HP or SP? (125 gr. or 158 gr.) Please explain why you choose the round. The reason I ask is that I've read that a .357 HP fired from a rifle will fragment too much due to the higher velocity preventing adequate penetration. If true, then would the .38 spl. HP be okay being that the velocity is much less?
    Last edited by Ringo; 07-01-2010 at 02:03 AM.
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    I have a Rossi carbine in .357 and it is a great plinking rifle. But for serious work I like heavier bullets, it's what the .357 does better than a 9 or a .38

    I've only hunted small game with it -- and that was many years ago -- but the ~150 SWC I was casting at the time worked well. I've never hunted with JHP or JSP ammo. In factory ammo I'd go with the heaviest bullet I could find -- most of it I've seen for the past year or so is 110 or 125 JHP.
    As for .38 and factory ammo; since it's chambered for .357 I'd use the stoutest load and heaviest bullet I could find.
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