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smiller
March 10, 2012, 11:23 AM
I am new here and am glad to find this site. I only have 1 handgun as I hunt with a Tc omega 50 cal. I love the new loads you can purchase for the 357 in 180 or 200 with gas check but need to start loading them because of cost. Does anyone have a good high power load that would stop a bear or wolf as good as a 357 can do. Thank you and the Highroad.

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rcmodel
March 10, 2012, 11:52 AM
170 grain Keith SWC over 13.5 grains 2400, or 15.0 grains H-110.

As always, reduce 10% and work up the load in your gun.

I think the heavy for caliber 200 grain bullets are over-rated.
You can get more velocity & energy with the 170 range bullets safely.

rc

skidder
March 10, 2012, 07:56 PM
I agree with rcmodel on the use of the 200gr bullets.

I used to carry my big Redhawk 44 on all my hikes, but injuries from my previous job have given me a new found appreciation for the lighter 357 mag.
I've been a big fan of AA #9 with 158gr hard cast bullets. 14 gr of AA #9 will put you a little over 1400fps. This is preference only, and may not fire as accurately in your gun.
As always, reduce 10% and work up the load in your gun.
Again...good advice from rcmodel.

ArchAngelCD
March 10, 2012, 11:11 PM
I tested bullets from 125gr all the way up to 200gr in the .357 Magnum. I found that after you pass 170gr the velocity drops off so that you develop no more energy from the 180gr bullet than the 170gr bullet so I agree the 170gr bullet is best. I don't think there's a wolf alive that can take a 170gr .357 Magnum round placed in the right spot and it will take a Bear too if you hit him in the snout.

A 170gr bullet @1497 fps will develop 845 ft/lbs of energy while a 180gr bullet @ 1396 fps will develop only 778 ft/lbs of energy.

smiller
March 11, 2012, 11:21 AM
What a wonderful forum! This is very valuable information! My pistol is a Ruger Bisley with a 6.5 barrel. I intend to find the Keith 170. Do they have a gas checks or are they necessary. Again thanks to all. Steve Winston MT

336A
March 11, 2012, 12:06 PM
Gas checks are not necessary, here is the best place I've found for .357" 173 Keith bullets. Price is good and they're not to hard of a bullet unlike others.
http://www.rimrockbullets.net/catalog/standard-hard-cast-lead-bullets-c-7/357-keith-170-gr-swc-fb-per-500-p-159

murf
March 11, 2012, 04:13 PM
gas checks are only necessary if you can't keep the lead out of the barrel any other way. run them unchecked first.

murf

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