This cartridge features a nickel-plated casing which reduces the chance of corrosion making this ammunition's shelf life exceed that of traditional brass cased ammunition. This round features a semi-jacketed soft point designed to expand on impact designed to create larger wound channels to quickly bring down your assailant.
Since 1926 Magtech ammunition has been producing reliable cartridges for shooting enthusiasts worldwide. Magtech ammunition is manufactured using state-of-the-art equipment in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Their manufacturing plant is vertically integrated producing their own powder, primers, brass, and projectiles which allows for tight oversight of quality at every step of the process. Due to their reputation for quality, Magtech Ammunition is now being exported to 50 countries around the world.
Video Transcript:Magtech is a Brazilian company that's been producing quality ammo since the 1920s. They make a wide variety of ammo for civilians, law enforcement, and military forces all over the world.
Today we're looking at one of their many .357 Magnum loadings. This one is a 158 grain semi-jacketed soft point. This round is useful for a variety of applications, for target shooting, to hunting, or even self-defense. The semi-jacketed soft point is an older bullet technology so this ammo is not nearly as costly as a lot of the newer high tech hunting loads, but it can still be very effective depending on the application. The 158 grain bullet is designed to find a good balance of penetration and expansion. The soft tip bullet is cast lead with a partial copper jacket and is seated in a reloadable brass case with a non-corrosive primer.
The brass case is nickel plated for corrosion resistance, a good feature for any hunting load. We try this ammo in five different revolvers. Recoil is pretty stout across the board but obviously a little easier to handle in the heavier guns. We had a compact Ruger LCR with us but no one was bold enough to try that with the snappy Magnum loads.
Reliability was fine in most of our guns but our Smith & Wesson 686 had a few light strikes. That revolver has an extra light main spring so it's not too surprising that there would be some issues. If you plan to use this ammo for hunting or self-defense just make sure your gun has a normal weight spring set up to ignite hard primers. We tried a 10 shot group from the bench at 15 yards with the 686. Accuracy with this round is excellent, but honestly this group is probably not a very good indication of what it's really capable of.
By the end of the day of testing different Magnum loads, we had a hard time making a perfect trigger press without flinching. So you might have to take our work on it regarding accuracy and instead look at what we did to these water jugs. Pretty cool, huh?
With a price on par with most target rounds the Magtech .357 semi-jacketed soft point is a great low cost hunting round and affordable enough to shoot on the range.
|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Semi-Jacketed Soft-Point (SJSP)|
|Ammo Casing||Nickel-Plated Brass|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Magnum|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1235|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||535|
|Cost Per Round||80.0¢ per round|
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