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.357 Magnum round is a type of ammunition in Fallout: New Vegas.


The .357 Magnum round, a Magnum handgun cartridge manufactured by Big Chief, has a significant powder load making it a very powerful cartridge for a pistol round, and acceptable for use in carbine length lever-action rifles.

Weapons using this ammunitionEdit


.357 Magnum standard and JFP rounds can be crafted at a reloading bench. A single cartridge requires the following:

Lead (16)
rangeIcon range
Repair: 25
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.357 Magnum round (1)
Lead (20)
rangeIcon range
Repair: 50
levelIcon level
.357 Magnum, JFP (hand load) (1)


Breaking down a standard .357 Magnum round yields:

.357 Magnum round (3)
rangeIcon range
Repair: 25
levelIcon level
Lead (14)


.357 Magnum, hollow pointEdit

Hollow point bullets are designed to mushroom out, expanding up to 5 times their original size resulting in a jagged, gory wound much larger than the actual round. Hollow points lack the penetrating power to punch through denser materials due to the fact that their force is distributed over a larger area, drastically reducing the weapon's penetrating power. For that same reason, they are excellent at turning internal organs to mush.

.357 Magnum, JFP (hand load)Edit

JFPs (or jacketed flat points) are blunt, copper-wrapped bullets designed to flatten on impact like a hollow point, but retain the penetrating power of a copper-jacket slug. As such, they inflict greater damage, penetrate enemy armor better, and even fly straighter than normal .357 rounds. They require the Hand Loader perk to craft.

.38 special roundEdit

.38 special rounds are a less powerful cartridge than .357 Magnum rounds. They can be fired from .357 weapons because the .357 Magnum was developed from the .38 special round, and they share all the same dimensions except case length. Though the reduction in powder means less damage inflicted on the target, it also means less wear and tear per shot on the gun.


Ammunition typeAssault carbine extended magazines Damage modifierIcon damage Damage Threshold modifierIcon shield gold Condition penaltyIcon repair Spread modifierIcon spread CraftableIcon crafting Percentage chance of empty casingIcon chance
.357 Magnum round, standardx 1x 1x 1x 1yesIcon check30% chance
.38 special roundx 0.75x 1x 0.75x 1noIcon cross0% chance
.357 Magnum round, JFP (hand load)x 1.25- 3x 1x 0.8yesIcon check15% chance
.357 Magnum round, hollow pointx 1.75x 3x 1x 1noIcon cross30% chance