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Cheap source for 158 grain SWLHP

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Alex, Feb 2, 2003.

  1. Alex

    Alex Well-Known Member

    I want to work up a good load for my 66 and I'd like to try the 158 grain SWLHP, anybody know of a good source for these bullets?
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    Hornady makes them, Midway has them
    I think Speer does too, but they are not in the Midway catalog I have handy.
    Both are swaged bullets; push them hard and they will lead the barrel. But they will hit about as hard as anything you can do with a .38.
  3. braindead0

    braindead0 Well-Known Member

    You'd probably be better off with hard cast LSWC's, and simply drill a small hole in the end (probably 3/16" wide and 1/4" deep perhaps). Other than the HP's are likely tapered..should be pretty close. Plus you'd be able to push it faster.
  4. Alex

    Alex Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. I just ordered 900 Hornady 158 grain SWLHP from Midway. Pretty good prices $11.61 for a box of 300. Anybody know a good 357 load for these that won't tax my model 66 S&W too badly, I want to use it for IDPA this spring.
  5. braindead0

    braindead0 Well-Known Member

    I load 158gr LRN's for IDPA with 4.3gr bullseye in a .357 case. Works out around 875FPS, giving a power factor that is plenty to meet the IDPA minimum (probably qualifies at 38+P) but isn't to taxing.

    I also use 5.0gr Unique, about 831fps

    Both of the above form 4" and 2" (around 30fps drop with the bullseye).

    Neither of these comes close to .357 power levels.
  6. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Well-Known Member

    I'd assume you wouldn't want to load LSWHP to anything like real .357 velocities. Your barrel'd look like a musket before you rounded your first cylinder. Just regular +P LSWHP lead my snub up right quick. You could make IDPA power factor (it's just weight in grains X fps >125,000, right?) at 791.2 fps, and that's what I'd shoot for. Don't have the know-how to get you there, though.

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