I'm not saying you can't hit something...
I 'm saying you gain little to nothing in velocity over standard loads. Good point though you could just shoot .38's ...
but my point was you only gain flash , and recoil - little velocity... which is what does the real work when you hit the target
It's just distracting to shooting fast and effective in such a short barrel. But hey everyone's got something to prove , so they think bigger is better.
I;m not argueing it isn't more fun to drive a 1000 hp car down the strip that doesn't get any traction and smokes the whole track up. I just saying it runs the same exact time, and does the same job because the tires are too small for the power.
lol @ you saying I have something to prove with my choice of carry pistol and assuming I don't know what I'm doing?
You're forgetting that the barrel length is the control, so if you run a lower load, it suffers from even further effect. The purpose of a .357 on a short barrel weapon is to overcome the barrel length and still maintain a reasonable velocity. They don't make .357's in 2 1/2" for shits and giggles, it does have a purpose. And regardless, the argument is kind of pointless since no matter what the hell is in it, at 20 feet you are dead. I've looked over the terminal charts for the barrel lengths, and the tradeoff in velocity is negligible and merits using .357 over a standard .38 round.
But, since I load my own rounds, I control the amount of powder, and it's burn rate, so I could (and do) definiately take advantage of that higher caliber in the hollow points I use.
But regardless: http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/38vs357snub.htm
Testing a 2 1/2" Barrel snub nose revolver.
Ammunition Average Velocity (ft/sec)
Federal .38 Special 129-grain Hydrashok +P....................................846
Winchester .38 Special 158-grain LSWCHP +P.................................858
Remington .357 Magnum 125-grain SJHP (Full-house load).................1243
that proves just about everything I've been explaining. A .357 snub has a hell
of a lot more velocity than a .38. And if you can control it, that's what you want under your shirt. And people that own them are not idiots, or dick swingers, they have a realistic purpose. And are haunted by this incorrect belief they are pointless.