Magnum 158 grain semi jacketed hollow point.
Monarch .357 Magnum.
158 grain semi
jacketed hollow point
This was the first box of Monarch
Ammo I ever bought.
It is manufactured by:
Ammunition factory Prvi Partizan is situated in southwestern
part of Serbia, in town Uzice, 200 km away from Belgrade, the
capital. PPU has been producing ammunition for 80 years now,
since 1928, when its founded. PPU has supplied Serbian Army and
Police, many foreign Armies and it also produces hunting and
sporting ammunition, that is being sold all over the world. The
factory has four production facilities, employs more than 600
workers and it takes important part in economy of its region.
See their web site at:
I have fired 100 rounds.
I find it
to be somewhat lightly loaded although the published ballstics
indicate it is really hot. It neither feels or sounds like a real .357
magnum load and the primers are not flattened at all.
manufacturer claims 490 mps from a ten inch barrel. That is over
1600 fps. I managed to find a load for the Contender 10" that
duplicates that velocity but at a pressure that I would not want
to use regularly in a revolver. Working backward from that
Contender load, I estimate about 1300 fps from a 4" revolver.
cases appear to be very good. Wall thickness is much more
uniform than most cases I have measured.
I have seen
claims on the web that these are steel cases. Not so. Mine are
brass. They resize very easily, leading me further to believe
they are a light load. Six cases eject from my Smith and Wesson
model 19 with no more effort than normal .38 special loads.
Case weights vary about 2.5 grains and wall thickness about
0.003" This is not match quality but it is very good - as good
or slightly better than Winchester.
It is very accurate.
Thompson Contender with 6X scope produces 0.75 to 1.25
inch groups at twenty five yards. Best five shot group measured
0.65 inch. At 50 yards, I get 2.0 to 3.0 inch five shot groups
with the Contender Average about 2.5".
6" Smith and
Model 19 at 25 yards Smallest 1.75 inch, largest 3.0 inches. For
reference, My best reloads from the same Smith went into 1.50
inches that day.
Winchester 130 gr fmj .38 Special ammo averaged 2.0 inches
at 25 yards from