Complete 357 magnum ammunition ballistics Chart. Compare all 357 Magnum ammunition manufacturers on one easy to read chart. All the ballistics from all manufacturers, finally... in one place.
.357 Mag Results in fps. Click here for a Muzzle Energy graph for the tests in this caliber. And remember to also check the list of ammunition tested as part of the Cylinder Gap tests.
The velocity of .38 Special and .357 Magnum can be highly dependent on barrel length, so we wanted to test the two most common barrel lengths for defensive revolvers. For more on why we chose these specific test guns, read our post on how barrel length affects the velocity of revolver ammo..38 Special vs. .357 Magnum
Velocity. As illustrated in the chart, .357 Magnum rounds - on average - achieve a velocity of about 1290 feet per second (fps) while .40 S&W rounds travel at a velocity of 1070 fps. To put this into perspective, a Boeing 737 commercial airliner travels at a cruising speed of 600 mph, or 880 fps.
For further comparison, the .357 Magnum has a higher velocity at 100 yards (91 m) than its parent .38 Special has at the muzzle. The 357 Magnum's effectiveness on game is similar to that of the .45 Colt, but with a much flatter trajectory due to its higher velocity.
10mm Auto vs. 357 Magnum Ammunition : Ballistic Gel Test Results ~VIDEO ... 10mm Auto vs. 357 Magnum. USA –-(Ammoland.com) ... When you compare the velocity gains there with the 10mm to 357 mag ...
.357 Mag., 158 at 1830 fps, 6.0 lb. rifle - 6.5 ft. lbs..44 Mag., 240 at 1760 fps, 6.5 lb. rifle - 13.1 ft. lbs. The .357 Magnum in the neat Marlin 1884C carbine is the least powerful of our comparison cartridges and also kicks the least, by a wide margin. This is a point worth remembering when shopping for a young shooter's first centerfire rifle.
The .357 Magnum owes much of it's popularity to great promotional techniques, not that the cartridge cannot stand on it's own, but that rather the marketing has sped up it's rise to fame. It's said that Ruger hired experienced hunters and paid them to hunt bear with their .357 Magnum revolvers. They succeed in creating a legend of the round.
To begin with, it must be understood that the .357 Magnum is a low velocity cartridge. The .357 is reliant on what I call mechanical wounding in order to achieve fast killing. This cartridge does its best work when loaded with fast expanding hollow point bullet types.
.357 Magnum vs .38 Special comparison. The .38 Special and .357 Magnum are both rimmed, centerfire cartridges commonly used in revolvers. Except for case length, the .38 and .357 are virtually identical. .38 cartridges can be fired from revolvers chambered for the .357, but the converse is not...