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|Bullet Weight||125 Grain|
|Bullet Type||Semi-Jacketed Soft-Point (SJSP)|
|Ammo Caliber||.357 Magnum|
|Muzzle Velocity (fps)||1500|
|Muzzle Energy (ft lbs)||755|
The ammo company Fiocchi goes back to the 1870s and has been in the same family ever since. Today they make a wide variety of ammo products for civilians, law enforcement, and military forces in several different countries. Fiocchi's kind of a unique company because they control almost every aspect of their manufacturing process.
They make a lot of their own loading machines and almost all their components are produced in-house. They even have their own lead recycling side business, which is where they get most of the materials for their projectiles.
Fiocchi makes a lot of different revolver loads. And today we're going to look at one of their soft-tipped 357 Magnum rounds. Each cartridge features a reloadable brass case with a non-corrosive primer. The bullet is a 125 grain lead core semi-jacketed soft-point. So half the bullet is encased in copper, but the top half is exposed lead with a flat tip. Because of this flat tip, the ammo should work great in most lever action rifles with a tubular magazine.
Fiocchi considers this load a self-defense round. But it could also probably work for hunting certain types of medium-sized game. Like any Magnum load, recoil was stiff, but still pretty manageable. It even braved a few shots out of our little polymer-framed Ruger snub-nose. It wasn't the worst recoil I've experienced. But after three rounds, I was done.
Ignition, reliability, and extraction were great in all six of our test revolvers. And recoil was much easier to handle in the full-size guns. We tested accuracy from the bench at 15 yards using a Ruger GP100. Our 10-shot group looked pretty good. And rounds were hitting just a little below our point-of-aim.
This Fiocchi load is really a good all-around Magnum cartridge. It's inexpensive enough for some high power planking, but also makes a good self-defense load and may be good for hunting as well.
My goto round for 357mag
Review by DS
This stuff is pretty hot, and gets the job done. It's got plenty of power, and being a soft point is a good compromise between fmj and jhp in terms of penetration and expansion.
(Posted on 5/11/2016)
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Question the quality?..
Review by Gut Bucket
I bought a couple boxes from Lucky Gunner (I don't blame them) to try out. Upon opening the boxes. Each box of 50 had three rounds where the bullet pushed down into the case. Making them about 1/16 on an inch shorter than the rest... Apparently these are NOT crimped very well or not at all. Have not shot them yet. But will not buy again either.
(Posted on 2/14/2016)
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Review by Your Mom
I shoot about 150 rounds so far with no problems.
(Posted on 2/15/2012)
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