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Favorite dule purpose .357 mag load

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kahr404life, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. kahr404life

    kahr404life Member

    Sep 21, 2005
    North Carolina
    If you could pick one type of .357 mag ammo (hunting, defense) what would it be. Take into account penatration, expansion on game, and effects on two legged varmits :evil: . I want to handload it so I'll need info on powder, charge weight, and primer (I like CCI) as well (I use starline brass :D ). I would also like to know different methods used to waterproof the case while loading them.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2005
  2. only1asterisk

    only1asterisk member

    Jun 13, 2003
    You want one off the shelf load to do both?

    Remington's 180 SJHP wouldn't be a bad choice, nor would Speer's 158 grain Gold Dot. You give up some penetration on game for expansion on human targets, so you should probably pass on suboptimal shots on deer. Remington also has a 165 JHP, but I haven’t used it yet. Maybe someone else can comment.
    I wouldn’t consider Winchester’s 180 Partition or Federals 180 LBT style flatnose to be especially well suited for self defense, but either would be better than a sharp stick. I haven’t used the factory load, but my Model 27 likes the 180 grain Partition. I may use it this deer season if all goes well.

    The simple fact is deer are not tanks. Most self defense loads are capable of taking deer if the hunter is cautious, puts his bullet in the right place and is willing to pass up all but the right shot. I would avoid anything that fragments in jello testing.

  3. plateshooter

    plateshooter Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    N.E. Ohio
    I use 180gr Remington JHP bullets, and 9.5 gr of Blue Dot. Easy on your gun and ears, and the most accurate load I have found for my 686s. With my scoped 6" off a rest, I can keep a cylinder full in a 5" shoot n see target at 100 yds with no problem.
  4. ChristopherG

    ChristopherG Participating Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Central WA
    158 gr. Speer Gold Dot over 15 grs of 2400 w/standard primer (this is within published limits in my manuals, but work up from a starting load in your own published load manuals). If it was just hunting, I'd take the XTP over the GD, 'cause it's slightly more accurate in my guns; but if I was gonna carry it for SD, I would be troubled by the slow expansion of the XTP.
  5. mtnbkr

    mtnbkr Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Manassas, Va
    If I were going to use a single load for all things, I would load the Remington 180gr SJHP to about 1200fps. A very close second would be the 180gr XTP at the same speed. The reason the XTP isn't first is that it might penetrate more than the Rem bullet (which has a large, soft lead nose). That said, the XTP is what I use for my "woodswalking" load. I don't use that gun for CCW.

    I won't share load data because both my loads with both bullets are well over what the books say. I worked them up in my gun and have never fired them in anything else.

  6. Z_Infidel

    Z_Infidel Active Member

    Jan 16, 2003
    I know you said "one load", but I'm really not sure that is the best approach. Your best bet might be to find a load / bullet weight that your gun likes, then load some cartridges with both soft point and jacketed hollow point bullets of the same weight. That would cover your hunting and defense needs much better than using the same bullet type for both purposes.

    I've settled on 158 gr JHP rounds for my 1894C, but I don't use it on deer sized game. If I did, I would use JSPs for deer and JHPs for everything else.
  7. mwelch8404

    mwelch8404 New Member

    Sep 23, 2005
    Cedar City, Utah
    Dual or duel?
  8. entropy

    entropy Senior Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    G_d's Country, WI
    125 XTP's pushed by the most accurate hot load your pistol or rifle produces with varying weights of whichever powder you choose. I preferred Accurate #7 or 296 for hot .357 loads when I loaded .357.

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