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357 Magnum vs MAXIMUM

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by renaissance, Jan 16, 2007.

  1. renaissance

    renaissance New Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Alexandria, VA
    Just got a .357 MAXIMUM Barrel for my TC contender carbine.

    It of course will take: 357 MAX, MAG, and/or 38 Spl

    Loaded up some MAXIMUM Cases ( new Remington Brass) with 180 grain HP Semi Jacketed and 21 grains of H110
    Dont have a Chrony, but the data says it should fly at ~ 1900 fps @ the muzzel.

    I also built some 357 MAGNUM ( 158 grain SP semi-jacketed and 6.1 of Tightgroup)

    Sighting the Contender in at 25 yards with the 357 Magnum, I found that the MAXIMUM printed ~9 inches LOW.

    I am guessing that the slower 357 Magnum, stayed in the barrel longer and got more "lift" from the recoil driven rise of the barrel


    NINE Inches !!......???
  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    You can also shoot the 360 Wesson, a round between the Mag and the Max.

    Nine inches sounds like a lot, but you might be gripping the max loads harder and controling the recoil more.
    I wonder where 38 spec will fall.
  3. Hobie

    Hobie Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Staunton, VA
    I've some experience with the .357 Max Contender carbine. I wrote a short article on my personal experience. In my gun the top charge of Lil'Gun under a 200 gr. jacketed RN shoots to the same POA at 25 yards as does 2.5 gr. of Bullseye under a 200 gr. cast in .38 Special cases. Handy small game load when deer hunting.

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