I recently purchased a Ruger LCR 357 Mag. I am seeking a carry load for typical self defense roles and also against smaller animal predators (no larger than wild dog or coyote), as I live in a rural area. I have found it difficult to locate quality ammo in this caliber, but I just did not want another 38. I have the following factory 357 rounds on my shelf: 125 grain Black Hills JHP (loaded with XTP bullet), Remington Express 180 grain SJHP, and Speer Gold Dot 158 JHP. I know some 125 JHP's in 357 have been shallow penetrators. Would this Black Hills load penetrate deeper because of the XTP bullet? Is the 180 Remington too heavy? Any thoughts are welcomed. As an aside, the LCR shoots great in this caliber. I have owned 2 other LCR's in 38, and I thought recoil was worse with +P 38 ammo in the lighter frame than the 357 loads I have shot in the 17 ounce 357 model.