.357 Magnum ammunition
|Type||Handgun / Carbine|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Designer||Elmer Keith, Phillip B. Sharpe|
|Parent case||.38 Special|
|Case type||Rimmed (R), straight|
|Bullet diameter||.357 in (9.1 mm)|
|Neck diameter||.379 in (9.6 mm)|
|Base diameter||.379 in (9.6 mm)|
|Rim diameter||.440 in (11.2 mm)|
|Rim thickness||.060 in (1.5 mm)|
|Case length||1.29 in (33 mm)|
|Overall length||1.59 in (40 mm)|
|Case capacity||26.2 gr H2O (1.70 cm3)|
|Primer type||Small Pistol Magnum|
|Maximum pressure||45,000 CUP, 35,000 psi (piezo)|
|Test barrel length: 4 in (102 mm) (vented) and *6 in (buffalo bore)|
Source(s): Federal, Buffalo Bore, 
The .357 Magnum cartridge is a pistol cartridge. It has a high stopping power and enough penetration power to shoot through many kinds of body armor. It was based on the .38 Special. Revolvers that shoot the .357 Magnum can also shoot the .38 Special.
It is popular for hunting and self-defense. Most guns that shoot the .357 Magnum are revolvers or lever-action rifles, but there are also some semi-automatic pistols that can shoot .357 Magnums, such as the Desert Eagle.
References[change | change source]
- "SAAMI – Z299.3 – Centerfire Pistol & Revolver – 2015"
- "Federal Cartridge Co. ballistics page" Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. federalcartridge.com.
- "Buffalo Bore Heavy 357 Magnum Pistol & Handgun Ammunition page"