Slow motion recoil comparison: .38 Special vs. .357 Magnum

Slow motion video is interesting. The .38 recoils in slow motion exactly how I imagined it would, which is to say not very much at all. The magnum on the other hand appears to be way more violent in slow-motion than it did when shooting it. In fact, in the slow mo video you can see my grip comes apart at the end of the magnum relay, which is something I didn’t really notice when shooting it live.


  1. Not as if there is any human factor involved . . . the only meaningful test is a machine measured result. Gun is locked down with same precise force, it is fired, and the recoil force is measured.

        1. Nope. Right blog. Right poster. The man shared a personal observation and you immediately attacked . My question stands.

          1. It’s unfortunate that there is a misunderstanding of what attacking truly is, but we are all human and as a result, we have not achieved perfection. The opportunity is always there for growth and that makes life a journey worth experiencing.

  2. After Oddules of .357 Magnum rounds fired from my 6″ colt python revolver, 19.6 grns. of WW 296 powder and 125 grn. jhp, jfn’s & 170grn. rn metal pig clinkers I would never have guessed or noticed the diff. from what?, .38 spcl.

  3. Shooting JimmyB’s big-grip Ruger flattop SAA Colt-style in .357 at the Rendezvous was a lot easier than firing-off a .357 magnum from an early, skinny-grip S&W model 19.
    Without any human-factors and human experience, a bolted-down bench-rest test-sample only tests the machine and has no real-world relevance to human physigonomy – as this amply illustrates – and apples-to-apples for Caleb, both were 158grainers.

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