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first ever supplies order......

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by SSN Vet, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Senior Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    The Dark Side of the Moon
    looking at the Midway catalog....here's what I'm thinking


    I want a cheap plinker for my .30-30 (Marlin 336)....

    I'm looking at the Meister 165 Gr Lead FN (500 for $28.50). A poster on the "Favorite .30-30 load" thread from November claims that when loaded for ~1260 fps these won't lead up a Marlin Micro-Groove barrel. Can any others confirm this recommedation?

    Moving on to my .357 (6.5" barrel on Taurus 689)...

    I have more magnum brass than .38 brass, and want to load an econmical and fun to shoot target load.

    I found another good thread entitled "Target Loads in .357 Mag. Cases", which covers a lot of powder recommendations, but I was wondering if I should be worried about leading here as well.

    I was thinking of the Meister 158 Gr Lead SWC (500 for $26.99)

    but I've read some posts by guys insisting that you should only load plated or jacketed for .357. Should I pop pop the extra $12 for Rainier 158 Gr Plated FP?

    I'll buy my powder and primers local to avoid the Haz Mat charge.

    for the .30-30 primers (once fired Rem and Win factory brass) how about CCI 200 primers?

    When chosing a powder, I need to find one that will throw well from a Lee Auto-Disk.......

    for the .357 powder selection, it sounds like theirs two approaches being taken.....

    1. upload from the std. .38 guidelines for fast burning powders (i.e. 4.5 gr of W231)


    2. download from the normal .357 mag. tables (i.e. drop from 15.3 to 13.6 Gr of 2400)

    Any thoughts or wisdom on which way to go would be much appreciated.

    ....I'm not sure if I need to get magnum primers or not????
  2. Ben Shepherd

    Ben Shepherd Senior Member

    Feb 27, 2004
    You won't need magnum primers with the powders you're talking about.

    2400 might work well for your cast 30-30 load as well as 357 loads. Check the lyman manual for specifics on cast bullet rifle loads.

    One thing with 2400: If you try to download it to standard 38 special pressures/velocities, it will work accuracy wise. BUT: It'll be really dirty at those low pressures.

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