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First Timer Ammo Loads

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We've made the choice of a Taurus 627 as a house gun, primarily for my wife's use. This comes from my SO's interest in a revolver larger than a .22lr (a "snake gun" that she's proficient with) following experience with a .38 at handgun classes. She won't touch my autoloaders and likes the feel, weight and grip size of the Taurus.

She's an experienced long gunner (410 & 20 ga. shotguns), so knows gun action and recoil. But, she is a slight lady (under 100 lb) and I don't want her overwhelmed with .357mag or even stronger .38 loads before she has a chance to become familiar and comfortable with the 627.

What loads would you recommend to start out with and what progression to a reliable self-defense load would you suggest? She eventually would like to be able to reliably shoot .357mag HP, but wants to be proficient and comfortable in each load stepping up to that.

Thanks in advance.
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Good advice, and a path we plan on taking.

What are the "lightest" beginning .38 loads out there, and, in your experience, is there a preference for one ammunition mfr over another in the revolver?
Thanks for the info, drummin - that more like the feedback I'm looking for. From experience, whenever I've purchased a new automatic, I've gone and bought a couple hundred rounds from each mfr of the caliber in every load and configuration, just to find out what the gun likes best (or, more important, what the gun hates). I was hoping to avoid that and have someone tell me a revolver doesn't care !?!?
Thanks guys for the information. Plenty to get started and now the fun part is putting it to use. I'll let you know how it goes.

Now, to shop for some Tucker leather to carry it in .......
Thanks MMD - I think that's what I'll start with. Like CCI ammo and 125gr seems about right.
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