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|Bullet Weight||142 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Full Metal Jacket (FMJ)|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Magnum|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1420|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||636|
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.
Terrific Pricing !!!
Review by DARREL
I’m already familiar with the ammo I purchased and it’s LuckyGunners awesome prices that makes me smile every time I use it. My friends order from Lucky Gunner because of me and their great prices !!!
(Posted on 10/17/2019)
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Clean and accurate - GP100
Review by thaddeusmaddeus
Shot very nice groups at 25 yrds with GP100 - 6in barrel. I had shot cheap 357 earlier in the day and this was noticeably cleaner burning and more accurate. I found my range ammo. The heavy GP100 handled the recoil like a dream.
(Posted on 8/22/2018)
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Great Ammo for lever action
Review by JON
Was initially nervous about using these in a lever action rifle because the tips looked a bit to narrow almost as if they would rest on the primer in front of it but after reading some other reviews i felt better about it. they performed perfectly in my Winchester 92 and SA colt clone very accurate and clean
(Posted on 3/4/2018)
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This is a solid round!
Review by Happy in Hampton
I purchased two 50 round boxes. The other box was Mag Tech from Lucky Gunner also & I highly recommend the people at L.G..
The Fiocchi seemed to have a little bit more recoil than the Mag Tech semi Jacket flat lead 158 grain. Both are good for Home Defense, however, I chose the Mag Tech due to the bullet flattens out to the size of a dime which with my thinking makes it a bit better for Home Defense without going through the entire house. The Fiocchi 357 Mag round would, in my opinion, go straight through my house walls and could be an issue penetrating other houses in the neighborhood. I had no issues with either brand. I shoot with a Colt 357 Magnum Mk111 Trooper with 4" barrel. Both are good rounds and I did not find either to be excessively dirty, no more than the Remington brand.
(Posted on 11/7/2017)
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357 142 grain fmj-tc
Review by tom
Clean, accurate and kicks like a mule.
(Posted on 9/24/2017)
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Too many FTFs to warrant a good review
Review by Seadesire
I use these in a S&W Performance Center 627 that is less than a year old; cleaned after every use. I find these bullets to be extremely dirty and have had too many FTFs to give them a recommendation. Instead, I consider averaging 1 per 8-round cylinder to warrant a warning not to buy. They are cheap and you get what you pay for.
(Posted on 6/12/2017)
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Good target ammo
Review by 357Fan
I wish more people would post their experiences with 357 ammo using a lever gun. In my Marlin 1894, this stuff cycled perfectly. For range purposes, would not want to fire a lot of this ammo in a 4" pistol, and definitely not in anything shorter. Quite a hot round.
(Posted on 5/27/2017)
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On Target Each and Every Time
Review by SeanC
I have been testing several different types of ammo with my S&W 627 V-Comp and this is my favorite. Clean and on target. 1 inch groups consistently and I have not experienced a failure in the 500 rounds I have shot with this ammo.
(Posted on 9/19/2016)
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Great ammo for my Rhino
Review by jerry
No Failure To Fires! The Chiappa Rhino can be a bit particular with what ammo you run through it due to it's unconventional trigger design. I am extremely happy with the performance of this ammo. The appearance exudes quality and when it goes bang it's accurate enough as long as I do my part. The recoil is very manageable (partly due to the low axis bore) and the flame and report let you know you are shooting a .357 round. The cases ejected from the cylinder cleanly too. What can I say, this is great ammo. Lucky Gunner continues to impress!
(Posted on 9/19/2016)
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Honestly could not tell the difference.
Review by turtle
I think there a number of variables in play here. My first .357 was a Python (yes, I let it get away). I have never had another revolver in my hand that could compare including my current GP100. Second, I don't think I have the ability to make a fine distinction between ammo; for example, I could not feel or see any difference between the 142 gr fmjtc and another brand of 158 gr fmjfn.
The video said the truncated cones were heavy recoil and actually painful in a small revolver. Another reviewer said they were perfect for his lever action carbine so I was ready for some slamming recoil. Just wasn't there, at least not in a GP 100.
I had a great time at the range. Zero failures for my first and so far only box. Groups aren't impressive, but that is mostly my fault. I had just put a new elevation screw in the sight and was bench resting at 25 yards, single action.
(Posted on 7/3/2016)
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Review by 357Mark
Great price, excellent service, for a quality product! My local Army Navy store turned me on to Fiocchi ammo, but the prices here can't be beat IMO. Surprisingly fast and courteous service, definitely will do business again with Lucky Gunner. Time to stock up on .38 special next.
(Posted on 6/24/2016)
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Jury still out
Review by Griff
I have been to the range twice running this ammo through my new S&W 627. I put a hundred rounds through it each trip. Both trips I had one round not to fire. Clean contact to the primer. Accuracy is good. Price is good.
(Posted on 3/6/2016)
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great .357 round
Review by Jon
Of all the dozen or so varieties of ammo I've shot through my lever guns, this is my favorite. It is powerful but has a much smoother recoil than any other round I've used to date. The recoil in my Rossi 20 inch lever gun was more like 38 special than .357. - it was more like a hard push than a jolt, and is actually pleasant to shoot. It just feels "right," at least in my gun. I don't know loading science well enough to give the correct technical terms, but you will know what I mean when I say that some loads just feel more suited to a specific gun.
The other point I really liked with this was how flat it shoots. Not bothering to re-zero the scope from using 38 special, my shooting buddy and I were both able to punch 1 inch groups at 25 yards all day long, and I was even able to hit a random target left on the range at 75 yards with the first shot with no holdover or windage. No other round I have fired through this gun was that consistent in flight over that range.
I haven't tried it in a pistol or my mare's leg, but after only half a box this became my favorite round, and I now buy them in the 1000 round lots - almost as cheap as 38 special, and a very good round for the price (maybe any price).
Not sure I would use it as a carry round, but for the range, I have yet to see anything better in a long gun. I have to believe that the truncated cone bullet shape contributes greatly to that, and the powder load seems very well thought out.
I know at least one other, more experienced, shooter who considers this his favorite load as well. I recommend you try a box if you shoot lever guns in .357. I think you will be pleased.
(Posted on 1/17/2016)
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Review by Jon
I bought this ammo for the price and did not have time for reloading. The first box I just used for plinking and had no issues. The next time out I put some on paper. It is more accurate than I am. Shooting cold I put six rounds within a 1" group (1 careless flier) @ 15 yards using a Ruger Security Six with 6" barrel. I am confident I can tighten the group. I had been shooting some old hand loads that were all over the place, bad lot of bullets I think. I am quite satisfied and looking forward to becoming a better shooter.
(Posted on 1/15/2016)
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Review by Steve
Powerful, accurate and clean ammo! Used it in snub nose. Had no problems at all. Kinda enjoyed watching the flame shoot out of the barrel too! I really like this brand of ammo. Every time I buy it in whatever caliber I'm never dissatisfied.
(Posted on 10/21/2015)
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Well worth it
Review by Steve
Order received quickly and in good shape as usual.
(Posted on 10/16/2015)
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Review by Captain Kirk
Your service and selection are top of the line I recommend you to my buddies keep up the great work .
(Posted on 10/13/2015)
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1000 rounds 357mag
Review by Reliable gunsmithing
I have a Henry's lever action rifle and it loved this ammo cycles great no misfires no feed problems would buy again again and again . Love lucky gunners speed getting ammo to me and can't beat the price anywhere I've ever seen bust buy I've found
(Posted on 9/24/2015)
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Little too long- little too weak
Review by JimBo
Bought these for my Rossi M92. Loved the bullet profile for the lever gun. Had a problem chambering the round. The case is just a little longer than other types which feed well. Also, quite weak power-wise. I'd like to know what barrel they chronographed them from. Good quality, very clean burning. Now....if they'd just shorten the case and add 10% more powder......I'd buy them for the rest of my life!!
(Posted on 8/22/2014)
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Review by Mike
In my earlier praise of this Fiocchi ammo I neglected to mention Lucky Gunner's careful packaging and prompt delivery. I've also requested information by phone and received a thorough and courteous answer.
(Posted on 8/21/2014)
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Review by Mike
A .357 mag at this price is fun to shoot with a clear conscience -- unless of course you have more money than you know what to do with. The rounds are good to look at, carefully assembled and easily extracted, which, as extraction goes, is not true of the more expensive American Eagle mags I've used. I'm a mediocre shot -- a comment regarding accuracy would useless. My revolver is a Dan Wesson 715, recently manufactured. A peach of a gun by the way.
(Posted on 8/16/2014)
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Fiocchi is HOT stuff!
Review by Jason A
I have a Taurus 627 6" revolver and bought these for range use. These 142 grain .357 Magnum loads are tack-driving accurate - moreso than wadcutters, JHPs, FMJ round nose loads, and JSPs I've tried from many manufacturers. On a cylinder full of 7 of these, I printed a solid 2" grouping (from a sandbag rest) at 25 yards, which is much better than my recent results with other brands (Remington, Federal, Winchester). After 25 rounds, I had managed to chew a ragged roughly 3" hole in the center of the target.
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 1/6/2013)
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I TRIED SEVERAL ROUNDS--FEDERAL , REMINGTON, CCI BLSZER, GOLD DOT,ETC
Review by ARTMAN
VERY LOW RECOIL IN MY AIR WEIGHT S&W J-FRAME, MOD 360-1 --------TRY IT IN YOUR SNUB NOSE
(Posted on 10/8/2012)
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Will buy again!
Review by dandl507
I've used it in both my Marlin .357 rifle and my automatic Coonan .357 Mag pistol for target practice. No problems.
(Posted on 1/16/2012)
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Review by MrV
Prices are great, my first purchase with Lucky Gunner. Customer service was outstanding look forward to doing more business with you.
(Posted on 2/11/2011)
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My second 'thousand' ive purchased
Review by Jonathan
these guys are the best... best price i could find on the web, good quality ammo/high grain and super fast shipping even via ground... both times i got my order in 3 business days or less!!! my only stop for ammo moving forward
(Posted on 1/31/2011)
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Excellent value for money
Review by Gunman
Shot >300 rds with no problem.
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 12/5/2010)
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Will buy again
Review by mern
(Posted on 11/18/2010)
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Review by Andrew
Ammo is accurate, works well in my Rossi revolver. Will buy again from LuckyGunner
(Posted on 11/6/2010)
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LUCKEY GUNNER did a great JOB!!
Review by Karr
Ammo was very accurate. I will purchase ammo again from LUCKY GUNNER
(Posted on 6/30/2010)
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Review by Becket
My experience with lucky gunner was great and the product I purchased was excellent
(Posted on 6/15/2010)
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Good for the price.
Review by Parafin
Good quality and price. accurate at 75 yds
(Posted on 6/15/2010)
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