This ammunition is brass-cased, new production, non-corrosive, boxer-primed and reloadable. It is consistent, reliable, and affordable.
Video Transcript:The Italian ammo company Fiocchi has been around since the 1870s, and is still in the Fiocchi family today. They make a wide variety of ammo for self-defense, hunting, planking, and long-range precision shooting. Among these is several different revolver loads in 38 Special and 357 Magnum.
For this review, we're going to take a closer look at one of their more interesting Magnum loads. One of the things you might notice about this 142 grain Magnum load is the long bullet designation on the box, the FMJTC. This stands for full metal jacket truncated cone. Just like the name suggests, this bullet is shaped like a cone that's had the tip cut off. Some believe this shape provides a little more accuracy over a traditional round-nosed bullet, and the flat tip also makes them safe to use in lever-action rifles with tubular magazines.
We tested accuracy from 15 yards, using a 4-inch barrel Ruger GP-100, and got a really nice ten-shot group, despite the temptation to jerk the trigger through the stiff recoil of the Magnum load. The velocity for this round is pretty high for a bullet of this weight, giving it a muzzle energy higher than any other 357 Magnum load that we've tested so far.
This translates into pretty significant recoil in most guns. It's manageable in a full-size revolver, but pretty painful in a snubnose, like our Ruger LCR, and I could only handle a couple of rounds. Aside from the recoil, the Fiocchi round functioned great all six of our test revolvers with reliable emission and clean extraction with every round.
This accurate, high-velocity Magnum cartridge is a great choice for long-range target shooting or planking. It's also a great load if you want to see what your long-barrelled revolver or rifle is really capable of.
|Bullet Weight||142 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket Truncated Cone (FMJTC)|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Magnum|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1420|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||571|
|Cost Per Round||57.0¢ per round|
Product Question and Answer
Posted On: 5/12/12 By: Dany
- Fiocchi is HOT stuff! Review by Jason A
They burn clean, but boy oh boy do they burn! The flame and report from these rounds is FIERCE. At an outdoor range earlier this afternoon, others around me stopped shooting to watch these rounds and the resulting trail of flames cook off.
The rounds drop into the cylinders nicely from HKS speedloaders due in large part to the truncated cone bullets. The casings extract clean with a stiff stroke of the ejector, but they do fire form to the cylinders moreso than some other brands.
These rounds all ignited on the first strike. 100% went bang every time for 200 consecutive rounds.
Recoil is middle of the road on the spectrum of .357 rounds (I consider .357's spectrum to range from stout yet manageable recoil on 158 grain American Eagle JSP to insanely uuberpowered and uncomfortable to shoot Buffalo Bore 125 grain).
Also... reloaders, the brass on mine are headstamped HRTRS - they're from Herter's. The brass works nicely with repeated taper crimping and light roll crimping. The primer pockets are durable enough for multiple reloadings.
Only one hiccup happened with these rounds: The gentleman in the lane next to mine reports that he caught a piece of bullet jacketing in his cheek out of the cylinder gap on my Taurus... He picked it out of his skin, and it was a roughly 4mm x 1mm piece of scorched copper. Not sure what caused that - my gun or the cartridge...
This is a round that I feel pairs nicely with my revolver in terms of repeatable accuracy, reasonable felt recoil (as far as .357 magnum goes), cleanliness (scorching around the cylinder gap & crane was pretty intense, but cleaned off easily with some Hoppes #9), and bang for the buck.
It's one of the cheapest factory brass loaded .357 cartridges available, but this stuff is seriously good to go.
Highly recommended for target use or hunting applications. NOT recommended for a nightstand/home defense gun due to tremendous flash and report. (Posted on 1/6/13)
- I TRIED SEVERAL ROUNDS--FEDERAL , REMINGTON, CCI BLSZER, GOLD DOT,ETC Review by ARTMAN
- Will buy again! Review by dandl507
- Great Review by MrV
- My second 'thousand' ive purchased Review by Jonathan
- Excellent value for money Review by Gunman
Able to shoot a 3" group of 5 at 25yds.
Shot 100 rounds consecutively under 20 mins in my 686P with good accuracy using 5 Star 7 shot speedloaders.
Excellent ammo already bought another 1K. Will buy more. Highly recommended. (Posted on 12/5/10)
- Will buy again Review by mern
- Excellent Review by Andrew
- LUCKEY GUNNER did a great JOB!! Review by Karr
- Excellent Review by Becket
- Good for the price. Review by Parafin