The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

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The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#1 Post by JimT » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:14 pm

I like this little gun ... easy to carry .. reliable .. speaks with authority ..
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Screen captures of me shooting the Model 340 with 125 gr. JHP and 20 gr. WC820
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Gun in Recoil
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Recoil ended .. nice ring of fire on the backstop
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Comparison .. firing Remington 125 gr. JHP factory load
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Recoil is stout with maximum loads. Shoot a heavy recoiling sixgun for awhile and the little Smith won't bother you.

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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#2 Post by crs » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:56 pm

Looks like a handful - on both ends.
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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#3 Post by BlaineG » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:17 pm

I had the opportunity to try a Brand "T" version of that little lightweight. Very unpleasant to shoot. Maybe with standard pressure Specials. It's sure easy to pack around.
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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#4 Post by Pisgah » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:52 pm

Flamethrower! I agree with you, Jim -- maybe not the gun you'd want to burn 100 rounds at a go in plinking at tin cans, but anyone who is motivated can accustom himself over time to shoot it well, and maybe even enjoy it a little!

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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#5 Post by FWiedner » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:08 pm

I'm guessin' that while it might fall short as an all-day plinker or target pistol, it probably shines in every other category.

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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#6 Post by JimT » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:17 pm

FWiedner wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:08 pm
I'm guessin' that while it might fall short as an all-day plinker or target pistol, it probably shines in every other category.

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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#7 Post by piller » Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:00 am

I can see it now. A mugger arrives at the hospital in the ambulance with a hole in his chest which has been cauterized in front by whatever caused the large circular burn on his whole torso. The hole in the back has removed a pound of skin,meat,bone,lung tissue, and connective tissues. He dies while the hospital administrators are trying to figure out what sort of nuclear explosion caused the wounds.
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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#8 Post by J35 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:58 pm

I am thinking someone has one of the slow lot's of 820.

I wonder if 20 grs. of 296/H110 would give the same fire ball.

Pretty neat camera work all the same.

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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#9 Post by JimT » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:19 pm

J35 wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:58 pm
I am thinking someone has one of the slow lot's of 820.

I wonder if 20 grs. of 296/H110 would give the same fire ball.

Pretty neat camera work all the same.

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Not sure this lot is slow. Gives comparable velocities to H110 loads. Yep. H110 makes a nice fireball from he short barrel. 😀

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Re: The S&W Model 340 .357 Magnum

#10 Post by Rusty » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:06 pm

I have the 640. It's a little kicker for sure. I feel quite fine using .38 +P in mine. Magnums are a bit too much for me. One box of 140 gr. magnums leaves my hand sore for a day or more.
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