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bajajoaquin wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 9:46 pm
I got over the gumption traps and got started on my light 357 loads. 4.6gr of Unique under 158g lswc. Manual says 815 FPS from a 38 special case, so somewhat less out of a 357, I’d imagine. I’ll get a batch of those loaded then switch to some real magnum 158gr JHP rounds next.
I'll bet you like those loads. If your SWC bullet has a crimp groove you can even out the air space in the case by seating the bullet to the shoulder before it is lightly crimped. What powder are you going to use for the magnums?

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So seat it extra deep so COL is closer to 38 spl?

I think I have Alliant 2400. I’d have to check.

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So seat it extra deep so COL is closer to 38 spl?

I think I have Alliant 2400. I’d have to check.
2400 is a great powder for the 357, as good as it gets.

Seating to the shoulder is a trick that people have used with the 357 and 44mag for years. The difference in case length is the same for both 1/10th of an inch. For a very long time there was very little mid range data for both because well they're mags after all.

If you are going to shoot both jacketed and cast lead it might be advisable to get some good copper fouling remover for cleaning the bore. little tiny flecks of jacket material can cause leading with the cast bullets.

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Yeah. I’ll be loading lead for the light loads. For plinking and introducing my wife (hopefully) to centerfire, that’s what I’ll use.

I’ll load the more expensive bullets with the hotter loads. Good advice on the copper solvent. I have some from the past but I’ll be sure to use it.

I have components for 44mag as well but I only have a carbine in that caliber for now. Since it’s got a gas port, it will only see jacketed bullets and probably only full-pop 240s. Not that it’s relevant to this discussion, but... :)

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Finished up the first batch of 20 38/357s. Wooden mallet and a rhythm was very helpful. Now that I have some ammunition, I feel like I can go get my revolver out of jail.

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Had the progressive set up so did 100 rounds of 9mm, 124gr hi-tek coated lead from Missouri Bullets over 3.8gr of titegroup
Swapped out for the single stage to do 30 rounds of 6.5x55 with 140gr cast lead gas-check bullets over 25gr of 5477
Then did 15 rounds of Black Powder .45-70. 405 gr HB cast lead over 70 gr of compressed FFG

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What kind of velocity do you expect from those 45-70 rounds?

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I haven't chronographed them but it should be somewhere around 1300fps

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Started setting up HF chop saw #2 with 300HAMR Zep jig to go with #1 for 300BO. I've got buckets of .223 to convert.
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60 rds 7.62x51.

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