Rick Holly
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I don't know how to buy ammunition. Can someone give me information what I should know when purchasing ammunition? What would be good for my Smith & Wesson 686 Plus .357 Magnum, it shoots both .38 Special and .357 Magnum. My Ruger LCR .38 Special shoots, of course, .38 Special and +P. I notice there are different "Grain" options you can purchase. 

Also, what is the correct bullet for target shoots and for carry/home defense?
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Charles R. Petrach
I try several box's the ammo the one I shoot the best at , is what is best for you . you will be more accurate with what you feel the best shooting so try several types and weight and find what's best for you.
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Rick Holly
Charles R. Petrach wrote:
I try several box's the ammo the one I shoot the best at , is what is best for you . you will be more accurate with what you feel the best shooting so try several types and weight and find what's best for you.

Thanks.

Does more grain mean a more powerful shot?
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Charles R. Petrach
Usually the weight of the bullet. The heavier the slower and more knock down the lower means higher speed for punch through. Home defense I would use a heavy slow round. That way your neighbor are safer.
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Keith Brownmiller
For a defensive round, I would go with the more expensive home defense round that is a hallow point round, assuming that they are not illegal in your state. The hallow point is designed to stop inside the target, say the home intruder, without passing through.

The plinking or target round can be less expensive and go on for some time. You can reasonably shoot a 357 cartridge up to 200-300 yards.

Much of it is practice, practice. You have decided on the handguns, now you need to try various manufacturers with different grain bullets, powder in the cartridge until you find what you are most comfortable with. Remember there is no right or wrong, just what works best for you.
The Gunny
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Rick Holly
I have learned quite a bit from everyone on this forum. It's almost like sitting around a table on Tarawa talking with shipmates.
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Keith Brownmiller
Right on Rick. Just think in 4 months we will be able to sit face to face around a table, beer in hand, will be able to see who can tell the best whooper, hoping to keep secret those things that should stay on board.

Been great getting ready for the reunion. See everybody there.
The Gunny
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