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|Bullet Weight||158 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Semi-Jacketed Soft-Point (SJSP)|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Magnum|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1235|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||535|
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.
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Good medium game hunting round
I use this 158gr soft point Magtech round in my 6" GP100 when I carry it as backup while hunting. It shoots very accurate. The velocity is a little slow but this keeps recoil mild allowing for quick, easily aimed follow up shots. The nickel plating allows for smooth reloading and weather resistance.
This round works well on game up to 80 lbs. I managed to get 2 out of 3 running coyotes at about 50 yards. Hogs from 10 feet to 80 yards have dropped where they stood. I recently dispatched a wounded elk from about 15 yards with this round, but I wouldn't recommend this round for hunting game larger than 100 lbs with this round.
Looking for a place to uptain ammunition.
I have looked for a place to purchase ammo and their prices are out of sight. My neighbor told me to look on line, which I did and I have not regretted the choice. My sons and grandson love to shoot and this makes it possible.
Even the ammo from South America is good, just for target practice.
Thanks for my order, I think it's great that not only can I get the caliber that I want, but I can get my Magtech. In these times of crazies doing a darn good job of hoarding everything they can get their hands on, it's nice to know there is an island of ammo sanity. Thank you. Fair prices, fast delivery, and availability of product, makes me HAPPY.
Feeds really well in my Marlin 1894c lever action. Pretty sure it's the nickel coating. Very accurate round. Also use it in my Ruger SP101 with good results. It's not the cheapest 357 round out there but I like accuracy and it's not dirty.
I like the Nickel plating for long-term storage, and the "not too stout" recoil for practicing with. Worked fine in all 3 of my 357's. Getting a Rossi 357 lever gun next week - can't wait to try these out with it.
Not sure if I just got a bad batch, but I did not have good luck with these in my Ruger SP101. On at least one round out each five-shot cylinder I shot, the primer expanded back around the firing pin and jammed the revolver. The rounds were very accurate, even with my little 2.25" barrel, but the constant jams mean I won't be ordering this particular ammo again.
This is a great bullet!!! I shoot these rounds in my Taurus model 66 .357 revolver and my
Marlin 1894c lever action rifle. With my Handgun I hit 5 out of 7 head shots at 50 feet.
With my Rifle I'm hitting bowling pin at 100 yards all day long though iron sights.
Good groups and the bullet loads and unloads very smooth. Plus the boom of the shot
is loud and very intimidating. Very Good Stuff...
You're reviewing: 357 Mag - 158 gr SJSP - Magtech - 50 Rounds
Posted On: 4/14/2020 By: Jon
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