April 19, 2007, 06:04 PM
I'm currently casting the 358156 Gas checked .358 SWC (dropping at 162 gr) But I like the idea of a heavier, non gas checked Keith design. I'm shooting these from a 4" GP100 and a 6" 686-no dash (my newest toy :) )
I'd like to know how the bullet performs, how fast can you push'em and the best powders for the job. I like 2400 for heavy and Unique for mid level 357 mag loads.
Thanks in advance.
April 20, 2007, 08:16 AM
Using 13.5gr of 2400 with the 358429 bullet in my 6" 686.
April 20, 2007, 11:34 AM
For the last 10 years or so I havn't been casting my own bullets. But I've been using some dandy 358429 cast SWCs from Leadheads Bullets in St. John, Kansas. Leadheads calls them "358-168" but they appear identical to the bullets from my Lyman 358429 mold.
At any rate, they're not all that much heavier than the ones you're dropping from your 358156 mold - they weigh 167.5 grains, including the lube. I put them over either 13.0 grains of 2400 or 7.0 grains of Unique in 357 Magnum cases. I use them in my .38 Specials over 4.6 grains of Unique. They work well for me in +P .38 Special loads too. For the +P .38 Special loads I use magnum primers and HS-6 powder. I'm hesitant to state how much HS-6 powder I'm using because it's a little bit more than is listed in the manuals nowadays, and though it's fine in my .38 Specials, it might not be prudent in someone else's.
April 20, 2007, 10:45 PM
Bula--I've been shooting that bullet over 35 years out of various .357's. Currently out of a Ruger gp 100 6" bbl. I've gotten excellent accuracy with max loads using all the slow burners ie. 2400,296, h110, AA9 and Blue Dot. Leading is not a problem, all these loads run 1300 fps roughly out of a 6 " barrel. I personaly have never seen the need for gas checked bullets in any of the magnum pistol cartridges. I have loaded plain based bullets in both the .357 and .44 mag with no problems.