Getting back into IHMSA shooting - Any advice?


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Pixsurguy
August 10, 2006, 06:17 PM
Hi Guys:

Back in the late 70s and early 80s I was pretty heavy into shooting in International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association shooting. Always shot a S&W Mod. 57 .41 mag in 8-3/8", which qualified as production revolver and I normally shot standing, rather than freestyle.

I got away from it primarily because of a very heavy involvement as a Scoutmaster of a BSA troop and family matters. Just did not have enough time for everything that I wanted to do.

Anyway, I now have the time again and I'm jumping back in, again with a .41 Mag. Unfortunately, my original Mod 57 was stolen and now I have a Mod. 657 in 7-1/2 inches. I don't like it nearly as much as my old M57, but it will do unless and until I get a TC Contender in 7mm TCU or similar.

QUESTION: There are a variety of jacketed bullets in 170, 200, 210, and 220 grain that are available for reloading. The typical cast lead bullet that you find is either 210 or 215 grain, w/o a gas check. The 215 grain cast bullets I've been using have a bevel base (for ease of loading, I assume), but I've been getting a lot of leading that I did not use to experience. I suspect that it is actually melted or blasted off the bullets by gases trying to get past the bevel base of the projectiles.

I've recently found a couple of sources for much heavier bullets - 240, 250 and even 265 grain gas checked bullets. I'm betting that the gas checks will stop the leading and that appeals to me. Also, I'm guessing that a nice heavy 250 grainer would have a much better chance of knocking over those 60 lb. rams out at 200 meters than my regular 215 bullets. While I've bought some of the 250 gr GC bullets, I've not yet loaded any and don't know what kind of trajectory I'd be looking at out at 200 meters.

Comments please?
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