June 26, 2005, 07:44 PM
I just got a Marlin 1894C in .357 mag. I'm looking to use some 180 gr Laser-Cast Bullets. What is the max velocity that I should try to push these? I was hoping to use Lil' Gun, but I suspect that it may be a little to hot for lead bullets. I'm trying to avoid excessive leading, but I would like to get the most out of this combination. Laser-Cast claims that their bullets can be pushed at jacketed velocities, with no leading. Has anyone disproved this?
happy old sailor
June 26, 2005, 08:14 PM
have shot a lot of laser cast bullets, most have been loaded pretty hot. no leading in Ruger revolvers and, with sane loads, no leading in Smiths
no experience with 1894s and cast projectiles. i have a Taurus lever gun in .44 mag that shoots the Ruger loads with no probs, just kicks like a mule
i know, this is no help. but, those laser cast are very hard and go ching when dropped on a firm surface. my own wheelweight cast do not ching - softer i guess and will lead if driven too fast. if laser cast are not driven hard, they will not obturate to fit the bore and will not be accurate or fast due to a little blowby. all in all, i like them and they have provided good service
June 27, 2005, 10:34 AM
I can't tell you about lazercast bullets as I've never shot any but I shoot plain base cast bullets out of my Rossi single shot .357 (24' bbl.) with no leading and decent accuracy. I load the Lyman "keith" 173gr. and an H&G 158 rn to max safe book loads. They chrono at roughly 1300fps. out of handguns and 1600+ out of the rifle. I don't see why Lil Gun won't work, it is not a whole lot different from the 296, AA9, and Blue Dot that I use. Good luck Nick
June 27, 2005, 01:38 PM
Hi and welcome to THR, I shoot my 1894c with 158 grLSWGC and push them with a lot of 2400 and they are great. I also use Hornady's 180 gr JSP. Visit Leverguns.com, a lot of great folks there also. Do a search for 1894C and you will find a bunch of good stuf. Lasercast stuff will work a higher speeds, try them and see what you can do. As always start low and work up.