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BUFFALO-BARNES LEAD-FREE Tactical 357 Mag Low Flash-Short Barrel

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BUFFALO-BARNES LEAD-FREE Tactical 357 Mag Low Flash-Short Barrel
140 gr. Barnes XPB @ 1150 fps
20 Round Box


For those wanting the deep-for-weight penetration of the all copper (lead free) Barnes XPB 140gr. bullet in a “Tactical” loading, here it is. We use low flash powder so the shooter will not be blinded by his own gunfire, as nearly all self defense shootings in America occur in low light when the criminal element is out and about.

Expect roughly 22+ inches of penetration in flesh and bone and a mushroom of roughly 55 caliber, with this load. These figures vary with differing impact velocities and amount of bone or heavy clothing encountered.

Our “Tactical” 357 mag. ammo generates less felt recoil and blast (flash and noise) than our “Heavy” 357 mag. load and as such is a better choice for those carrying light weight short barreled revolvers. This is still a full power 357 mag. load, (but not nearly as powerful as our “Heavy 357 mag. ammunition)but allows for faster follow-up shots and greater shooting comfort.

This load is safe to use in any/all 357 mag. chambered firearms, as are all of our “Tactical” 357 mag. loads—even those with light weight alloy cylinders and frames.

As always, Buffalo Bore refuses to get involved with the industry wide duplicitous practice of using extra long laboratory barrels to generate our published velocities. Doing so is dishonest to the customer as he/she will never be able to generate such velocities with real world firearms, in the real world, where it matters.

Please note our real world velocities, fired from real world firearms.

➤   1401 fps -- Marlin 1894, 18 inch
➤   1225 fps -- S&W Mod 27, 5 inch
➤   1246 fps -- S&W MT. Gun, 4 inch
➤   1199 fps -- S&W Mod 66, 3 inch
➤   1149 fps -- S&W Mod 66, 2.5 inch

You’ll note that the more modern 4 inch S&W shoots faster velocities than the older 5 inch S&W. This is not a typo and is due to differing internal barrel dynamics of the two revolvers. GENREALLY speaking, newer S&W revolvers generate faster velocities than the older S&W’s, although we occasionally see an older S&W that shoots faster than a new one. Truth is that each firearm, no matter who made it or what model or date of manufacture, is a law unto itself.


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Field Proven pistol and handgun ammo. Maximum firepower ammo. Best ammunition for pistols and handguns for sale. Buffalo Bore. Strictly big bore. Strictly Business.

You must be 18 or older to order ammunition. Ammunition must ship UPS ground. Due to Department of Transportation regulations, we cannot accept returns on Ammunition. Make sure to use the correct ammunition in your gun. Check local laws before ordering.

Joe R. on 09/06/2016 11:40am
This may be the best short-barrel load in 357 magnum. I tested it out of a Ruger SP 101 with 2 1/4" barrel. I did a penetration test into dry newsprint. I know this isn't scientific but it does let you compare one bullet with another. The BB 140 Barnes load penetrated into the newsprint exactly the same distance as the BB 180 grain cast. I know the hard cast is heavier and a better choice for dangerous game, but still.the penetration is amazing. Expansion is great and just about all of the bullet was intact. It did not break apart. Recoil is very controllable. If you have a 357 Model 60 or SP 101 snubbie, try these out. They severely outclass all 38 special loadings without the punishment that heavy 357 magnum gives.

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