.357 Magnum, 2400 powder and Barnes XPB


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Zeede
December 5, 2008, 06:08 PM
Since we have a lead-free ban in California many have turned to the fine copper bullets Barnes Bullets makes. I have a Ruger GP-100 (4" barrel) that I wish to pair with a lever-action, both in .357 Magnum.

Now I know that Alliant's 2400 is the go-to powder for .357 Magnum for many people, and there is a wide range of published load data available for it with all kinds of bullets...except the Barnes all-copper XPB bullets.

Has anyone loaded these with any success, and would you be willing to share your recipes?

Cameron

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Seafarer12
December 5, 2008, 06:52 PM
Just look up a load for the same weight bullet.

Asherdan
December 5, 2008, 07:20 PM
Just look up a load for the same weight bullet.

Bad advice in my opinion. The Barnes bullets tend to be lighter yet longer because of their construction. The different bearing surface can get you into trouble.

What I've done in the past (for the 250g & 300g .458 FN's) is contact Barnes. They sent me a nice PDF of their most current data. Didn't even sweat me to buy their manual much.

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Good luck, I'd ping Barnes for data even if someone does have some guidelines for the 125 & 140 XPB.

Zeede
December 5, 2008, 07:43 PM
I have their most recent reloading manual, and it lists several powders, but not 2400.

I will try giving them a call.

Cameron

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