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158 Grain plated bullet for .38

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Guzzizzit, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Guzzizzit

    Guzzizzit Well-Known Member

    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.

  2. Porky6331

    Porky6331 Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. 8ring

    8ring Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. joneb

    joneb Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. 357mag357

    357mag357 Well-Known Member

    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
  6. Mr.Revolverguy

    Mr.Revolverguy Well-Known Member

    Does these 38/357 bullets have the cannelure?
  7. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. 357mag357

    357mag357 Well-Known Member

    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.

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    Last edited: Apr 8, 2007
  9. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    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
  10. 357mag357

    357mag357 Well-Known Member


    I fixed my mistake. I had the bullets reversed.
  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    That's OK 357mag357. We could tell.;)
  12. nitesite

    nitesite Well-Known Member

    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.

  13. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    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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