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Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:57 PM

What is your favorite bullet, load, and powder for a 357 Magnum?
I just purchaced a .357 die set today, and I have never loaded up any .357 Magnum rounds yet.
I purchaced some 125 grain hornady bullets today, but I am starting to feel like that is a pretty light bullet.
I Guess that I will also need to purchace some different powders.
I guess I have to start somrwhere, so tell me what you like.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:53 PM

140gr bullets of any kind with 15grs of 2400. Tends to work exceptionally well in both rifles and pistols for me. I tend to buy the Remington bulk 140gr SJHP's. Good stuff. They and the Leverevolution 140gr bullets shoot to the exact same POI for me :yahoo: . And they are both deadly on rabbits

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:58 PM

I like the 125gr Hornady bullet and for mag loads I use H-110. For mild loads I use Unique or the Hi-Skor 700X I have left from when I use to load shotgun shells in college. I use mag primers for all the loads.

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:18 PM

Thanks Doug,
I already have the Hornady 125 gr. The H-110 looks good.
Bob's 140 Gr look a little messy to me,
Or maybe he used Gallagers watermellon hammer on thoes rabbits.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 08:20 AM

Be sure to use a heavy crimp with H-110 and do not go below the start weight in the books.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:14 PM

I guess I have to ask what are you going to be shooting with the 357. most 38 special londs will work just fine for rabbits, plinking etc. Now if you are planning on shooting bears, then I may likethe 357. Be more specific in asking your questions so you cna get more specific answers. I rarly shoot 357. Have no need for it. My 158grain will do all i want it to do. with a lot less recoil and faster follow up shots too.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 04:55 PM

Thanks Doug,
I already have the Hornady 125 gr. The H-110 looks good.
Bob's 140 Gr look a little messy to me,
Or maybe he used Gallagers watermellon hammer on thoes rabbits.
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You also have to take into account that the .357 out of a rifle is an entirely different beast! As you can see. I would have to agree with Braz about the specials, I use them even in my .44 about 95% of the time. Much more fun for sure.

If you are thinking about small game, like rabbits though, it is very tempting to use just plain old cheap lead SWC's in either .38 or .357, but I highly suggest otherwise. Don't get me wrong, I have shot a ton of them with that same setup, which is why I also know that a much better expanding bullet is a much better choice. I have seen many a rabbit with a hard cast lead slug go right through it only to have it run away like it was never touched and see my partner put it down at a long distance (for a shotgun) with only a couple small pellets of shot. After seeing this enough I have a whole new opinion on bullets that just pass through and those that tend to expand much more and either remain inside or create much wider wound channels. That is why I use the Remington bulk 140's, Hornady XTP's or Speer Gold Dots on rabbits. Well, that, and the fact that rabbits are my version of large ground squirrels that don't require lead-free bullets :yahoo:

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:26 PM

7.5 gr of unique under a 158 gr jacked bullet. Out of a 4" revolver it wasn't to snappy for a quick follow up shot,But it would get the job done! DR

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:33 PM

XTP and Gold Dot bullets are a jacketed LEAD bullet and NOT a lead free bullet. They cannot be used in a lead free zone. I wanted to point that out before someone tries it and runs-a-foul of the law.

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Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:45 PM

XTP and Gold Dot bullets are a jacketed LEAD bullet and NOT a lead free bullet. They cannot be used in a lead free zone. I wanted to point that out before someone tries it and runs-a-foul of the law.



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Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:08 PM

When I had my Colt Python, I load it with 125 grain Hornady XTP and a Heavy dose of Hercules 2400. I'm still hoping to get that revolver back from a dear friend.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 06:30 AM

Big heavy recoiling loads are usually not a lot of fun to shoot for any length of time. My full steam loads are usually with H110 or 2400.

For practice shooting and most everything else I usually will load up some 125 or 158gr whatevers over some Unique or Bullseye or HP38...or shoot some 38 specials. Lots of options.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:02 AM

I've loaded with 2400 to shoot in my Python 6 inch and didn't care for it, too dirty, had unburned powder. I use cast bullets and unique, the powder is not position sensitive and with the small amount required a lb of powder goes a long way.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:01 AM

I guess I have to ask what are you going to be shooting with the 357. most 38 special londs will work just fine for rabbits, plinking etc. Now if you are planning on shooting bears, then I may likethe 357. Be more specific in asking your questions so you cna get more specific answers. I rarly shoot 357. Have no need for it. My 158grain will do all i want it to do. with a lot less recoil and faster follow up shots too.

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I don't have anything peticular in mind to shoot,
Probally mostly paper, and a side arm to carry when in the woods.
I still have three boxes of .357 that Grant gave me to shoot up.
I almost never shoot in a lead free area, but if I do, I will make sure that I am lead free, and legal.
I see no reason to donate any of my retirement to dfg fines.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 11:22 AM

Both Bisley and I were right. He was talking about rabbits and I was thinking deer/pigs.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:56 PM

2400 is a great powder in the .357....

For the past year I have been shooting the silhouette matches using a 158 grain snakebit bullet over 25 grains of 3f black powder in my Rossi 92.
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