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Old 01-11-2010, 10:29 AM
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357 magnum powder




I want to do some .357 magnum reloads for targe and PD. I have looked at possible Unique or AA #5. Anyone else have some powder reccomendations they would care to share?
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:32 AM
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We have loaded many hundreds of mid-range/"medium magnum" rounds with 7.3 gr of Unique under 158 gr JFP bullets, which chrono about 1140 fps...; enough recoil so that you certainly know it is no .38 SPecial, but yet also mild enough for controlled rapid-fire/double action work too with a 4" K-frame....; very nice load, IMO...
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:39 PM
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I like Unique because double charges are very evident.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:51 PM
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I always use Unique for mild loads and H110 for full loads.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:01 PM
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I haven't reloaded 357 in several years. But I used H110. Great powder for 357 and 41 mag. And those are the magnums I've loaded for.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:42 PM
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Like the Msgt, I too have loaded many thousand’s of “medium magnum” 158 gr. LSWC’s with 7 gr. of Unique or 6 gr. of 231/HP38.

For full power “hunting” loads, I have used 296/H110 but I prefer Lil’Gun.

For some reason, I’ve never tried #5.

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Old 01-11-2010, 04:25 PM
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I use 9.0 gr HS6 under a 158 gr JHP with CCI small pistol primer as a .357 mid-range load. All my 357's shoot this load acurately. I most recently used a MagTech bullet.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:49 PM
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.357 Magnum loads

I had great success with a 158 gr. JHP with 14.0 grains of 2400 powder.
Very accurate load out of my S&W revolvers. Used a firm roll crimp in the bullet cannelure to help prevent bullets from jumping out (longer) from recoil.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:25 PM
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I had great success with a 158 gr. JHP with 14.0 grains of 2400 powder.
Very accurate load out of my S&W revolvers. Used a firm roll crimp in the bullet cannelure to help prevent bullets from jumping out (longer) from recoil.



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Old 01-11-2010, 07:00 PM
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I prefer Hodgdon TiteGroup for .38 spl and .357 mag .... and Montana Gold bullets.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:23 PM
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One of my favs for 357 is Winchester 296....On top of a 158grn Nosler or Hornady HP......OAL of about 1.60 .....
IMHO 296 for the 357 is what 2400 is for the 44!
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:26 PM
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I want to do some .357 magnum reloads for targe and PD. I have looked at possible Unique or AA #5. Anyone else have some powder reccomendations they would care to share?
The .357 Magnum, what a great cartridge

For the target work I would recommend using .38 special data
It works well in the Magnum case and in my guns is very accurate
Powders that have worked well for me with target lead wadcutters
CLAYS
Titegroup
WST
HP-38 or 231
Unique

If I had to lean on any one powder to start with it would be a toss up between WST and Titegroup with the 148 – 158 grain wadcutters

On the Personal Defense or high performance side the usual suspects are all there
2400, AA. No. 9, V-V N110, LIL’ GUN, H110, 296, 4227

In most of my guns AA No.9 is probably the most consistently accurate with the greatest variety of jacketed bullet types and weights, but it will not deliver the top velocities the big boomers H110, 4227 and LIL’ GUN will provide.
No.9 also meters exceptionally well.

You didn’t say what form of PD you would apply these loads to
If this is for home PD use, some of these magnum loadings with 158 grain or heavier bullets can penetrate your home and through several walls of your neighbors as well.
If this is the case the 110 – 125 grain bullets may be in order
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:08 PM
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Herco works fine and spans from light target loads to heavy magnum loads. It burns slower than Unique but faster than Blue Dot. Since it is a shotgun powder generally it is cheaper than Unique and Blue Dot as well when bought in bulk.
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:47 AM
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The .357 Magnum, what a great cartridge

For the target work I would recommend using .38 special data
It works well in the Magnum case and in my guns is very accurate
Powders that have worked well for me with target lead wadcutters
CLAYS
Titegroup
WST
HP-38 or 231
Unique

If I had to lean on any one powder to start with it would be a toss up between WST and Titegroup with the 148 – 158 grain wadcutters

On the Personal Defense or high performance side the usual suspects are all there
2400, AA. No. 9, V-V N110, LIL’ GUN, H110, 296, 4227

In most of my guns AA No.9 is probably the most consistently accurate with the greatest variety of jacketed bullet types and weights, but it will not deliver the top velocities the big boomers H110, 4227 and LIL’ GUN will provide.
No.9 also meters exceptionally well.

You didn’t say what form of PD you would apply these loads to
If this is for home PD use, some of these magnum loadings with 158 grain or heavier bullets can penetrate your home and through several walls of your neighbors as well.
If this is the case the 110 – 125 grain bullets may be in order
Good Luck
From a PD standpoint, I was thinking a 125 gr bullet as my bullet. It is what I use for my .38 special loads at the moment. I have quite a few magnum brass that I wanted to use as well. you are right, though, I do not want to shoot through 3 houses. I just wanted to use my 4" 686 as possible backup gun around the house. I guess anything coming out of the end of a .357 cartridge will do the trick.

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Rey
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:36 AM
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Another recomendation for 2400. Also use H110 and 296. All are good. These powders are also good in 30 carbine.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:10 AM
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H110 for the mag loads and trailboss for plinking.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:30 PM
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I love 2400 and Win296.
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:26 PM
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IMHO, The .357mag is one of the easiest cartridges to load there is. I have used most all of the powders listed above(mainly with 158 jacketed) and all work well when used at the power levels and velocities that they were intended for. Another good one is IMR4227. Like 2400, it gives good accuracy for moderate magnum loads, but again like 2400, does not give the upper end performance that H110/W296 gives. Because of it's known forcing cone issues, I would refrain from using Lil' Gun with light bullets.....but that's just me.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:37 AM
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I had great success with a 158 gr. JHP with 14.0 grains of 2400 powder.
Very accurate load out of my S&W revolvers. Used a firm roll crimp in the bullet cannelure to help prevent bullets from jumping out (longer) from recoil.
I've had good luck as well.
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:45 AM
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When i was loading the 357 i couldnt make an inaccurate load with 2400 if i tried. Used many a different bullets with it. It was also the best powder for full throttle out of my gp-100. If i didnt use 2400 I was using W296 for magnum loads. Everything else was unique.

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Old 01-21-2010, 11:09 AM
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110gr Winchester SJHP 16 grains of blue dot federal magnum primer.-2040fps.
158gr lswc 15.3 grains of 2400 federal primer.-1620fps
180gr XTP 12grains of 2400 federal magnum primer.-1300fps

I only use these in the Coonan, but they work great in my long barreled revolvers as well. The blue dot sux for short barreled revolvers, way too slow of powder but pretty cool at night. I only hunt with the 180xtp load, the 110gr fast mover is for watermelons, waterjugs and squirrels.
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:38 AM
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>357 Magnum Cartridge

Hello theGerk: I am new to loading and very interested in your use of Titegroup in 357 Mag case. Can you be specific and give me sensible target loads for both 148-WC and 158-SWC without violating minimums. Also want to avoid leading. I want to use both cast bullets and alternatly bullets by Hornady
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The .357 Magnum, what a great cartridge

For the target work I would recommend using .38 special data
It works well in the Magnum case and in my guns is very accurate
Powders that have worked well for me with target lead wadcutters
CLAYS
Titegroup
WST
HP-38 or 231
Unique

If I had to lean on any one powder to start with it would be a toss up between WST and Titegroup with the 148 – 158 grain wadcutters

On the Personal Defense or high performance side the usual suspects are all there
2400, AA. No. 9, V-V N110, LIL’ GUN, H110, 296, 4227

In most of my guns AA No.9 is probably the most consistently accurate with the greatest variety of jacketed bullet types and weights, but it will not deliver the top velocities the big boomers H110, 4227 and LIL’ GUN will provide.
No.9 also meters exceptionally well.

You didn’t say what form of PD you would apply these loads to
If this is for home PD use, some of these magnum loadings with 158 grain or heavier bullets can penetrate your home and through several walls of your neighbors as well.
If this is the case the 110 – 125 grain bullets may be in order
Good Luck
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:44 PM
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I have tried to cut down a bit on the number of different powders I have to keep in stock and have gone to using Unique or Trail Boss for the light stuff and H110 for the frisky stuff. I use all these powders in other chamberings.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:23 PM
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anyone got anything in 700X?

Looking for something with lots of flash and bang!
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:47 PM
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I have used 2400 for some accurate jacketed and cast bullet loads. HS6 and Bluedot work great as well. Lots of othere powders, as mentioned above, will work well, I just don't use them.
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