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40 Smith & Wesson Handload Data

Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All…

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Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center 686 357 Mag Short barrel self-reliance

My wife and I spent the weekend pushing the home perimeter tree/brush line back ten feet. The project may not sound like much but, in Maine, old growth trees line up twenty-five feet apart and saplings… anything three inches in diameter or less, stand shoulder to shoulder with heavily leaved branches blocking out the sun….

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Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center Model M&P R8 So much gun... so many ampersands

S&W Performance Center M&P R8 Manufactured U.S.A. SKU 170292 Caliber 357 Magnum Action Double / Single Capacity 8 rounds Barrel/Shroud Stainless Barrel Length 5.00″ Rate of Twist 1:18.75″ RH 5R Frame Aluminum/Scandium Alloy Cylinder/Yoke Stainless Finish Matte Black Grips Synthetic – Black Front Sight White Dot Interchangeable Rear Sight Black V Notch Adjustable Overall Length…

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Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center’s M&P40 Shield… Part 2 40 S&W self-defense and trail use handloads

The six bullets pictured above are my standards for short barrel 40 S&W handloads. The soft lead core jacketed bullets do well as components of defensive handloads, fully expanding to 0.750″ or more in ballistic gel, penetrating to 12″ to 18″. The three cast bullets on the right with a Brinell hardness of 16 will…

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S&W’s Model 19 Classic Part I With the right ammo, there isn't much a 357 Mag can't do

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