158 Grain plated bullet for .38


April 4, 2007, 08:21 PM
Has anyone had luck with Useing 158 grain "X-Treame Bullets" From west coast bullets? If so, what type of load are you useing? I'm Especially interested in any loads useing either Red Dot or Titegroup.


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April 5, 2007, 12:05 PM
I use the 158gr fp in a S&W 38 Model 10 useing Bullseye 3.5. I keep them real close together useing this bullet. Somepeople say they are crap. But I have had no problem reloading them. Have been useing them for over 1 year. Probably used 10,000 rounds.

April 7, 2007, 02:18 AM
I've used 158gr West Coast (predecessor of X-Treme Bullets) in both .38spl. and .357 mag. I used Hodgdon Universal in amounts suggested in the Hodgdon loading manuals for lead bullets. They were fairly accurate as long as I used a small amount of crimp. I haven't shot much .38spl lately and I still have about 100 West Coast Bullets in my reloading shed.

April 7, 2007, 03:11 AM
geesh I got a box'o 500 and they're finally down range :) the best .38 spl load I came up with was 3.6gr of Bullseye. I prefer Raineer 140gr FP with 3.8gr of Bullseye.

April 7, 2007, 06:50 AM
I have used X-treme in the past and just recieved an order from yesterday. Very good customer service. If you call talk with Angela, very helpfull and knows her stuff. I have used 158g using 231 and Titegroup with excellent results. Checkout there website. www.xtremebullets.com

April 7, 2007, 08:52 AM
Does these 38/357 bullets have the cannelure?

April 7, 2007, 09:52 AM
Yes, X-Treme has the cannulure. I used them over 3.3gr of AA#2, and had agood bunny fart load. I found Hornady makes amore accurate bullet for my Smith Model 10, but the X-Tremes do OK.

April 8, 2007, 11:48 AM
The cannelure is not a true cannelure like on a FMJ. It has etching around the bullet but does not cut out a canal. I found that a tapered crimp works better than a rolled crimp using X-Treme bullets. Hope this picture illustrates it better. The bullet on the left is a Winchester 125g HP and on the right is a X-treme 158G Flat Point.

April 8, 2007, 11:52 AM
I would agree that a Taper Crimp would be better with the X-Treme bullet with its shallow cannelure. It would allow a tighter Taper Crimp than other plated bullets which may help ignition.:)

Nice pic 357mag357

April 8, 2007, 01:43 PM
I fixed my mistake. I had the bullets reversed.

April 8, 2007, 04:59 PM
That's OK 357mag357. We could tell.;)

April 8, 2007, 11:42 PM
I have had such good success with X-Treme Bullet 158-gr plated SWCs that they are my carry load in my 442.


They have shown to be very accurate in my 442, Model 14, Model 28 and 686 both in .38-Special and .357 Magnum handloads.

X-Treme 158s are my sole choice in my 442 and my wife's defensive handgun.


April 9, 2007, 10:37 AM
I was going to place an order for X-treme bullets last week....untill I shopped around.

You can buy Zero 158 gr. jacketed soft points from Roze Dist. for $75/1,000 ...DELIVERED!!!

all the posts I've seen for Zero bullets give good reviews.

so why buy plated? When you can get a true jacketed bullet for LESS $.

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