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.357 mag load close to 135 SBGD

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by FullEffect1911, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. FullEffect1911

    FullEffect1911 Well-Known Member


    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.
  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Long story short, 8.8gr Power Pistol with a Magnum primer IMO comes closest to mimicing that round in both velocity and felt recoil.
  3. jfh

    jfh Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. FullEffect1911

    FullEffect1911 Well-Known Member

    alright, thanks for the info guys.

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