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January 22, 2014

The Big Bang: Herra Kuulapaa's High Speed Ballistics Photography


Firing the .357 magnum: Why did man invent this beast?
It's hard to say like it is hard to define whether this is a handgun or a rifle if you know what I mean. One thing is certain though. It was designed to be the most powerful handgun in the world and it's all that matters. Let's look into the numbers and put them in context. In Finland we can hunt moose with 10 g (154 gr) rifle cartridges if they have 2000 Joules of hit energy at 100 meters (110 yards) away. Bullets of this monster weight usually between 20-30 grams (300-500 gr).

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 22, 2014 6:41 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Really cool images, but that's a .500 Magnum, not a .357.

Posted by: Kevin Baker at January 22, 2014 7:00 PM

Yep; heaviest bullet I've ever seen for the .357 is 158 gr, although perhaps one could cast a 175. Btw, .357 is the bullet diameter of the .38, as in Special, .38 S&W, etc.

Posted by: Dave at January 23, 2014 5:43 AM

One of my greatest regrets is not buying a Colt Python when they were affordable. Stainless, 6" bbl, black Pachmyer, target sights. dawgeez....

Posted by: ghostsniper at January 23, 2014 7:24 AM

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The .357 Magnum is a sopped up .38 Special and shoots bullets in the 125-160 grain range. The cannon in the photo is something else.

Posted by: Jack at January 23, 2014 7:37 AM

I had me a .357 magnum in my yute. Had a serious kick to it. With semi-jacketed rounds I could rock a junked refrigerator.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 23, 2014 7:51 AM

Yes, Kevin is correct, the 357 is no where close to the ballistics in the piece, the writer is talking about the 500 S&W

Posted by: jpintx at January 23, 2014 8:03 AM

Why let those pesky facts get in the way of a good story about killing a moose?

Posted by: Glenn at January 23, 2014 8:09 AM

Why did man invent this beast? Because; F*** YOU, THAT'S WHY

Posted by: Warren at January 23, 2014 11:09 AM

At close range, even if you miss you'll set the mf on fire.

Posted by: John at January 23, 2014 9:06 PM

At close range, even if you miss you'll set the mf on fire.

Posted by: John at January 23, 2014 9:16 PM

C'mon, 45/70 BFR - you know you want one.

Posted by: itor at January 24, 2014 10:11 PM

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