If you like the .357 Mag., but don't like the recoil generated by heavier bullets, consider this 135-grain load from Speer. Many semi-automatic pistol cartridges would trade in their nickel-plated cases for this kind of terminal performance. This load will also perform just about identically from a shorter barreled revolver.
|Load||Handgun||MV (fps)||PEN (inches)||EXP (inches)||RW (grains)|
|.357 Mag. Speer 135-grain Gold Dot||Smith & Wesson Model 686 (4-inch barrel)||1,244||16||0.53||135|