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For what it is worth - got my wife a 13 ounce S&W M&P 360 J Frame 2" barrel
(actually I believe it is 1 7/8") and needed a low recoil round. Bought some Federal Premium Personal Defense "Low Recoil" 110 grain Hydra Shok JHP and some .357 158 grain RFP "Cowboy" ammunition. I was concerned that the 110 grain Hydra Shok would not open up but it went though 3 gallon jugs of water with complete expansion - estimated penetration 10" - recoil was low even in the 13 ounce J Frame. Did not set up the Chrony so no velocity info. Only had five gallon jugs left and no surprise the 158 grain RFP
.357, even at "cowboy" velocity, easily shot through all five gallons. Would estimate that it would penetrate at least 18" - More recoil but still easy to manage. Can't wait to get some more Buffalo Bore 150 grain hard cast DEWC standard pressure and low flash ammunition and buy a bunch of gallon water jugs. The Federal will for sure expand but I believe I would rather shoot through the "target" with a hard cast wadcutter or the "cowboy" load.
 

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