.357 mag load close to 135 SBGD


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FullEffect1911
January 28, 2008, 11:07 AM
Hello,

I am looking for a standard load that will come close to the .357 mag 135 grain short barrel gold dot factory loading.

I say close because i would like to use either a 125 or 158 grain jacketed bullet with unique.

Will I be able to get the same/similar POI using a 125 or 158 grain bullet as I would the 135 GD? I am basically looking for a practice round that will come close. I know it won't be exact unless i use the actual 135 GD bullet.

This would be shot out of a 2" sp101 and a 3" Gp100.

Any insight on this one would be great.

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ArchAngelCD
January 28, 2008, 07:01 PM
Long story short, 8.8gr Power Pistol with a Magnum primer IMO comes closest to mimicing that round in both velocity and felt recoil.

jfh
January 28, 2008, 09:42 PM
ArchAngelCD has the recipe right--with the GDSB135JHP bullets. You can use 140LTC bullets and come very close to the GDSB135-gr factory round for POI and felt recoil--in my experience, much closer than either 125 gr or 158 gr JHPs. With the 140 LTCs, accuracy will be about as good as the factory round, and the POI will be within 1/2 to 1" of the factory round.

140LTCs are available from some online resellers--fortunately Mastercastbullets.com not only makes them and sells them, but the price is reasonable, too. I paid under 5 cents per bullet, sized the way I wanted it. You can also buy the GDSB135JHP bullets as well and simply build clones--but these bullets cost about 20 cents each.

Jim H.

FullEffect1911
January 29, 2008, 09:35 AM
alright, thanks for the info guys.

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